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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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Join us for a truly rare celestial event and witness the solar eclipse at the Virginia Living Museum! From 2:00-4:30 pm, we’ll gather on the [...]
13 Apr
April 13th    
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show. At 5:15 pm, delve into the secrets of the cosmos with a free gravitational waves science program presented [...]
18 Apr
April 18th    
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants [...]
18 Apr
April 18th    
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Janet Steven | Associate Professor, Organismal and Environmental Biology at Christopher Newport University Incorporating native plants into your garden has numerous ecological benefits. [...]
20 Apr
April 20th    
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants [...]
20 Apr
April 20th    
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and celebration as we honor our planet and explore ways to create a brighter, greener future [...]
21 Apr
April 21st    
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants [...]
21 Apr
April 21st    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for FrogWatch - a community science program to help monitor frog populations! Practice identifying over 20 unique frog calls and learn about frog [...]
27 Apr
April 27th    
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants [...]
28 Apr
April 28th    
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Member Preview Sale: April 18 | 4-6pm Public Sale: April 20-21, 27-28 | 9am-4:30pm Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants [...]
28 Apr
April 28th    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for FrogWatch - a community science program to help monitor frog populations! Practice identifying over 20 unique frog calls and learn about frog [...]
03 May
May 3rd    
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Recreate the magic of prom at this adult only (21+) event, and join us for an evening under the stars. The Virginia Living Museum's first [...]
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It's the second Saturday of the month, and that means stargazing at the Virginia Living Museum! We're excited to once again welcome the Gravitational Wave Physics Group from Christopher Newport University as they present a FREE live science show at 5:15PM. Hang around after the show to try out some hands-on science demos, view the night sky (weather permitting), and catch a planetarium or rock-and-roll laser show (fee required). It's going to be a great evening of science and music - come join us! We'll be trying to see Jupiter, Uranus, and maybe even Comet Pons-Brooks/12P. ... See MoreSee Less

April 12 is the International Day of Human Spaceflight, celebrating human achievement in space. April 12th was chosen by the United Nations for this celebration to commemorate the first time a human being, specifically Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, ever flew in space. Gagarin's flight on April 12, 1961 lasted one hour and 48 minutes, during which he completed a single orbit of the Earth. Less than a decade later, the United States' Neil Armstrong would set foot on the surface of the Moon, marking a truly giant leap for mankind. ... See MoreSee Less

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