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250 Species

of ANIMALS
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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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Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🍁 

We hope your enjoy your meals today as much as Harley the fox enjoyed her thanksgiving enrichment!

While the museum is closed today, we are thankful for our keepers who are coming in this holiday and all future holidays to care for our wonderful animals! We are also thankful to our visitors, members, and donors who love this place as much as we do and help us stay open and help us connect people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation! 

Have a great day!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🍁

We hope your enjoy your meals today as much as Harley the fox enjoyed her thanksgiving enrichment!

While the museum is closed today, we are thankful for our keepers who are coming in this holiday and all future holidays to care for our wonderful animals! We are also thankful to our visitors, members, and donors who love this place as much as we do and help us stay open and help us connect people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation!

Have a great day!
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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Virginia Living Museum will be CLOSED Thanksgiving Day but reopening Friday with normal hours and days to follow!

Thank you to all who came to the Thanks and Giving programming today! Happy holidays!

The Virginia Living Museum will be CLOSED Thanksgiving Day but reopening Friday with normal hours and days to follow!

Thank you to all who came to the Thanks and Giving programming today! Happy holidays!
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The Virginia Living Museum is closed on

Thursday, November 24th

in celebration of Thanksgiving.


November 23 | 9-5


Select December Evenings

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The Virginia Living Museum is closed on

Thursday, November 24th

in celebration of Thanksgiving.


November 23 | 9-5


Select December Evenings

Tickets on sale now