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Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

Happy International Asteroid Day! No really!  That’s a thing!  Look it up! Asteroids are actually pretty darn cool, when you get right down to it.  Big ol’ chunks of primordial solar system stuff floating around in space.  They represent some of the oldest known materials…

Ten Years of Volunteer Recognition

The Virginia Living Museum’s Volunteer Recognition Banquet is an annual event which celebrates the time and effort donated by hundreds of volunteers each year. This Friday, August 23rd, we continue this long tradition with our annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet! During the banquet, we honor volunteers…

All Howls Are Breaking Loose

Dracula: [about the wolves that are howling] ” Listen to them: the children of the night. What sweet music they make.”  Abraham “Bram” Stoker- 1897 Although this is more of a reference to the wolves in the classic gothic novel, Dracula, this quote holds true…

Life at the Touch Tank

February 22, 2018 The Chesapeake Bay Touch Tank is by far the most popular destination year round at the VLM. While most of the museum’s exhibits are welcoming to all ages, the Touch Tank is the destination where kids and kids-at-heart can enjoy and understand…

Oyster Restoration Project 2017

On September 5 and September 20 of 2017, the VLM sent 8 staff from 3 departments, as part of a collaborative effort between the Nature Conservancy and University of Virginia, to help transport and construct functional oyster habitats out of concrete “castles” that are also designed to…

Our Snakes Have A Superpower!

April 4, 20117 Residing in our Mountain Cove habitarium, the canebrake rattlesnake is one of the VLM’s pit viper species. Being a venomous snake, the rattlesnake has a formidable reputation and many people regard this reptile with fear and caution due to its potentially life-threatening toxin….

Can You Name the Reptile?

December 2, 2016 Have you visited the VLM recently? We have tons of cool exhibits full of awesome animals including, of course, our herpetology collection. Think you can identify some of the Virginia Living Museum’s reptiles from a close up photo? Test your skills at…