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250 Species

of ANIMALS
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Wild

at VIRGINIA'S ANIMAL ATTRACTION

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ESCAPE to the OUTDOORS and walk the

Dinosaur Trail




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 public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (54-6055922). 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.

What You’ll See

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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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Plants in Action

The Virginia Living Museum has one of the largest displays of native plants in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Geology in Action

The Virginia Living Museum’s Underground Gallery is a journey back through Virginia’s ancient past, a past that has created a rich and colorful present.

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Planetarium in Action

Travel the universe in the digital state-of-the-art Abbitt Planetarium Theater. The 71-seat planetarium theater, renovated and upgraded in 2008, offers a fully digital simulation of the sky.

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Conservation in Action

The Virginia Living Museum is a certified Virginia Green attraction committed to minimizing its environmental impacts by preventing pollution wherever feasible in its operations.

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We've got planets again!

Check out the sky in the early evening for a marvelous view of the two largest planets in our solar system - Jupiter and Saturn. You'll find them both in the southeastern sky around 8:30pm. Saturn will be a little higher and a little fainter, shining with a lovely golden yellow color. Jupiter will be big, bold and bright white, shining brighter than anything else visible in the sky during that time.

It will be a little more towards the east and a little lower than Saturn. Both objects will appear remarkably steady, as the reflected sunlight we receive from planets is stronger and less disturbed by the moving air of the Earth than the light from the distant stars. #vaskies #valivingmuseum
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REMINDER!

Final weekend of the Native Plant Sale is here! No membership or tickets required. Come talk with the Museums horticulture staff about the array of native species and what works best for your garden! 
Saturday September 24th & Sunday September 25th 
9am-4:30pm

*Museum visit not included

REMINDER!

Final weekend of the Native Plant Sale is here! No membership or tickets required. Come talk with the Museum's horticulture staff about the array of native species and what works best for your garden!
Saturday September 24th & Sunday September 25th
9am-4:30pm

*Museum visit not included
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