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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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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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July 4th    
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show. Please purchase tickets in advance. This show is likely to sell out. Join us in the Abbitt Planetarium [...]
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July 12th    
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Time: 6-8:30pm Cost: $12.00 per member, $15.00 per non-member, children ages 2 & under are free. Get ready to groove at our fin-tastic DJ-led dance [...]
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Dive into the fascinating world of sharks! Sharks are more than just predators; they're crucial to the health of our oceans. Join us for a [...]
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July 13th    
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Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show. Warning: Please be advised that laser shows contain bright, sometimes flashing lights and loud music. This experience is [...]
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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July 20th    
8:30 am - 11:00 am
The Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff began a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in a local watershed [...]
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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July 27th    
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The Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff began a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in a local watershed [...]
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and [...]
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