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Welcome to the Virginia Living Museum

Virginia’s Animal Attraction & Dino Destination

The Virginia Living Museum is a successful public-private partnership, since 1966, between the City of Newport News and the Virginia Living Museum, a 501 (c)(3) organization. Together we connect people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.
BUILT by the Community, BELOVED by the Community and SUSTAINED by the Community, the Museum depends on private donations to succeed. We appreciate your financial contribution to support engaging education, animal welfare and conservation experiences for you and your family. Please consider a gift to our Annual Fund or a planned gift to our Endowment for future sustainability.

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Animals in Action

The Virginia Living Museum is home to more than 250 species of animals found in Virginia including reptiles, mammals, birds and fish. We provide a sanctuary for orphaned,  non-releasable or injured animals.

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Jurassic Giants – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Super Science Live June 19th & 20th – 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

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Need a toad-ally awesome gift? Then virtually adopt one of our amazing animals! Choose your animal here: https://thevlm.org/join/donate/adopt-a-wild-thing/

As an adopter, you can help provide our animals with a happy, healthy home, the daily care & welfare they need, and bring happiness to your loved one by supporting the animal they love most. 

Certificates will be mailed within two days of receipt.

𝗔𝗱𝗼𝗽𝘁 𝗮 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴!
Need a toad-ally awesome gift? Then virtually adopt one of our amazing animals! Choose your animal here: thevlm.org/join/donate/adopt-a-wild-thing/

As an adopter, you can help provide our animals with a happy, healthy home, the daily care & welfare they need, and bring happiness to your loved one by supporting the animal they love most.

Certificates will be mailed within two days of receipt.
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Happy Veterinary Appreciation Day Dr. Hayden!
From Dr. Hayden:
Being a wildlife / zoo veterinarian has been my dream since childhood, and in November of 2019 that dream became a reality when I accepted the lead veterinarian position at the Virginia Living Museum. 
One of the things that drew me to the museum was their dedication to the conservation of the Red Wolf (Canis rufus), the most endangered wolf species in the world and Virginia’s only native wolf species. Being able to work with these animals and to positively contribute to the survival of the Red Wolf through the Red Wolf SSP is such a fulfilling part of my job and life. 
In addition to working with red wolves I’ve been able to work with other wild canid species, including eastern coyotes, a species I spent much of my time in undergrad at Sweet Briar College studying. 
Veterinary medicine has allowed me the unique opportunity to work with animals that many people may never encounter. I am so incredibly blessed.
Photo 1 - juvenile eastern coyote
Photo 2 - adult red wolf
Photo 3 - adult red fox 
We are so thankful that you are at the VLM!
#veterinarymedicine #veterinarian #zoovet #wildlifevet #redwolf #coyote #redfox #sweetbriarcollege #sgusvm #valivingmuseum #dvm #wildlifeImage attachmentImage attachment

Happy Veterinary Appreciation Day Dr. Hayden!
From Dr. Hayden:
Being a wildlife / zoo veterinarian has been my dream since childhood, and in November of 2019 that dream became a reality when I accepted the lead veterinarian position at the Virginia Living Museum.
One of the things that drew me to the museum was their dedication to the conservation of the Red Wolf (Canis rufus), the most endangered wolf species in the world and Virginia’s only native wolf species. Being able to work with these animals and to positively contribute to the survival of the Red Wolf through the Red Wolf SSP is such a fulfilling part of my job and life.
In addition to working with red wolves I’ve been able to work with other wild canid species, including eastern coyotes, a species I spent much of my time in undergrad at Sweet Briar College studying.
Veterinary medicine has allowed me the unique opportunity to work with animals that many people may never encounter. I am so incredibly blessed.
Photo 1 - juvenile eastern coyote
Photo 2 - adult red wolf
Photo 3 - adult red fox
We are so thankful that you are at the VLM!
#veterinarymedicine #veterinarian #zoovet #wildlifevet #redwolf #coyote #redfox #sweetbriarcollege #sgusvm #valivingmuseum #dvm #wildlife
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Jurassic Giants NOW OPEN DAILY through September 6th!!
Mask or No Mask?
Click HERE for more information.
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Planning a Visit? Click HERE to reserve TIMED ADMISSION TICKET!
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Jurassic Giants NOW OPEN DAILY through September 6th!!