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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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Orion stands as a beacon in the winter night. The prominent stars of the Hunter make him hard to miss when you look up into the winter sky.

He can also guide your eye to other, harder to spot groupings. For example, if you follow the belt of Orion down towards the horizon, it will lead you to the brightest star in the nighttime sky!

This star, called Sirius, marks the nose of Canis Major, the Big Dog. Most of the other stars of the Dog are faint and can be difficult to pick out, but Sirius will be a shimmering, dancing gem in the evening sky. #VASkies #valivingmuseum
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Donald Raiford I was telling Cam about this the other night. See if you can spot it.

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