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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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TONIGHT!
 Thursday, September 29th 6pm-8pm teachers are invited to a special night out at the Virginia Living Museum on us! 

Bring a friend to explore our immersive native habitats, meet live animals, enjoy refreshments, and check out our night sky in the planetarium!

Reserve your spots here: 
https://2398.blackbaudhosting.com/2398/Teacher-Night-Out

TONIGHT!
Thursday, September 29th 6pm-8pm teachers are invited to a special night out at the Virginia Living Museum on us!

Bring a friend to explore our immersive native habitats, meet live animals, enjoy refreshments, and check out our night sky in the planetarium!

Reserve your spots here:
2398.blackbaudhosting.com/2398/Teacher-Night-Out
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Jupiter has reached opposition, meaning that the giant planet is rising at sunset and setting at sunrise, spending the entire evening in our night skies.

It's also the brightest it will be for quite some time, as it is relatively close to the Earth right now. Jupiter is always a stunning sight in our evening skies, shining brighter than any of the stars in our nighttime sky.

Look for it in the southeastern sky around 9pm for a great view. If you have a telescope available, check out the cloud banding and the visible moons! Galileo did so with his simple telescope way back in the early 1600s, becoming the first person to see moons orbiting another planet. #jupiter #vaskies #valivingmuseum
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