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Wild

at VIRGINIA'S ANIMAL ATTRACTION

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ROAR OUTDOORS on the

Dinosaur Trail

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HOME to

250 Species

of ANIMALS

EXPERIENCE

Virginia
from the MOUNTAINS to the SEA
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to NATURE
with HANDS-ON EXHIBITS

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WHAT'S PRECIOUS in our WORLD

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.

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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Happening Today

Building Wild with Nature – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef – 9:45 am - 10:15 am
Fish Feeding – 11:00 am - 11:15 am
Otter Enrichment – 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Aviary Feeding – 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Chesapeake Bay Tank Feeding – 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Virginia Skies – 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
All About Otters Tour – 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Scuba Program – 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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Aquarist Britt Sorensen, lives the mission of the Virginia Living Museum by connecting guests to species that are rarely recognized!

"Fish are sometimes overlooked when there are birds or mammals in nearby exhibits. I use our public feedings as a chance to highlight the amazing fishes found right in our backyard ponds, local streams and beloved beaches. For example, longnose gar and bowfin are two very different swamp-dwelling fishes that share an incredible ability: they can breathe air! With just a few interesting facts and a smiling face, I do my best to turn "icky swamp creatures" into beautiful marvels of nature that deserve protection."

Help us live our mission and donate to the Annual Fund so we can continue to have amazing educators like Britt.

Our hope for tomorrow begins with your gift today. #livingourmission
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Aquarist Britt Sorensen, lives the mission of the Virginia Living Museum by connecting guests to species that are rarely recognized!

Fish are sometimes overlooked when there are birds or mammals in nearby exhibits. I use our public feedings as a chance to highlight the amazing fishes found right in our backyard ponds, local streams and beloved beaches. For example, longnose gar and bowfin are two very different swamp-dwelling fishes that share an incredible ability: they can breathe air! With just a few interesting facts and a smiling face, I do my best to turn icky swamp creatures into beautiful marvels of nature that deserve protection.

Help us live our mission and donate to the Annual Fund so we can continue to have amazing educators like Britt. 

Our hope for tomorrow begins with your gift today. #livingourmission

Aquarist Britt Sorensen, lives the mission of the Virginia Living Museum by connecting guests to species that are rarely recognized!

"Fish are sometimes overlooked when there are birds or mammals in nearby exhibits. I use our public feedings as a chance to highlight the amazing fishes found right in our backyard ponds, local streams and beloved beaches. For example, longnose gar and bowfin are two very different swamp-dwelling fishes that share an incredible ability: they can breathe air! With just a few interesting facts and a smiling face, I do my best to turn "icky swamp creatures" into beautiful marvels of nature that deserve protection."

Help us live our mission and donate to the Annual Fund so we can continue to have amazing educators like Britt.

Our hope for tomorrow begins with your gift today. #livingourmission
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