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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 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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Tonight, August 13th, 2022!

The Virginia Living Museum will be celebrating the Perseid meteor shower, which will be in the middle of its peak during this monthly stargazing event. Watch for shooting stars (weather permitting) and join in on the meteor-related games and activities in the planetarium lobby. Plus the regular evening line up of laser shows will be happening as follows: 6PM Virginia Skies, 7PM Laser Genesis, 8:30PM Killer Queen and 10PM Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Stargazing and Meteor Day activities are free, shows are $8 per person each ($5 for members).

Here’s a preview of what you might see in one of the laser shows! See you tonight!

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit:
thevlm.org/events/planetarium-shows/evening/
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⛺ Family Camp-In ⛺ 

Friday, September 16-17, 2022, 7pm-9am

Enjoy a night of learning and experience the Museum after hours! 

What youll experience:
🔦 A planetarium show: Travel the universe in the digital Abbitt Planetarium Theater. The 71-seat planetarium theater, renovated and upgraded in 2008, offers a fully digital simulation of the sky, allowing us to travel anywhere in our known universe at the touch of a button. It is able to project the sky as seen from anywhere on the Earth, at any time between 99,999 BC and 99,999 AD.

🔦 An exclusive animal encounter: Get a close up experience of one of the Virginia Living Museums ambassador animals and learn various facts about them, what they eat, where they live, and more!

🔦 Choose your spot: Set up your sleeping bag in your favorite exhibit! 

🔦 Free admission Saturday: Once youre bright eyed and bushy tailed, tour the Museum during the day and visit the animals on the outdoor trail! The Native Plant Sale will also be in full swing, so check that out and learn about the benefits of planting native plants in your yard!

Dont miss out on this fun, overnight experience!
Sign up here: http://2398.blackbaudhosting.com/2398/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=f1655e3d-5a67-496e-97cd-00057e777fbf

Check out what other events are happening at the Virginia Living Museum:
https://thevlm.org/museum-events/

⛺ Family Camp-In ⛺

Friday, September 16-17, 2022, 7pm-9am

Enjoy a night of learning and experience the Museum after hours!

What you'll experience:
🔦 A planetarium show: Travel the universe in the digital Abbitt Planetarium Theater. The 71-seat planetarium theater, renovated and upgraded in 2008, offers a fully digital simulation of the sky, allowing us to travel anywhere in our known universe at the touch of a button. It is able to project the sky as seen from anywhere on the Earth, at any time between 99,999 BC and 99,999 AD.

🔦 An exclusive animal encounter: Get a close up experience of one of the Virginia Living Museum's ambassador animals and learn various facts about them, what they eat, where they live, and more!

🔦 Choose your spot: Set up your sleeping bag in your favorite exhibit!

🔦 Free admission Saturday: Once you're bright eyed and bushy tailed, tour the Museum during the day and visit the animals on the outdoor trail! The Native Plant Sale will also be in full swing, so check that out and learn about the benefits of planting native plants in your yard!

Don't miss out on this fun, overnight experience!
Sign up here: 2398.blackbaudhosting.com/2398/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=f1655e3d-5a67-496e-97cd-00057e777fbf

Check out what other events are happening at the Virginia Living Museum:
thevlm.org/museum-events/
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