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Programs for Adults

Learning can be a life-long adventure. Join Virginia Living Museum staff biologists, naturalists and scientists to explore the natural world in special adult-oriented programs. Each activity-oriented program is presented in a relaxed, hands-on format and includes classroom instruction combined with opportunities to examine specimens from the Museum’s extensive collections and up close encounters with live animals. Come and share a journey of discovery with others who have an enthusiastic desire to continue to learn about the natural world of Virginia and beyond.

Advance registration is required for many programs. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator, at 757-595-9135, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4:30 pm.

Naturally Speaking Series

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The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series returns for 2019. Join us for light hors-d’oeuvre with a cash beer/wine bar starting at 6 pm followed by our speaker at 6:30 pm. The talk will run for 20 minutes allowing time for questions and a 7 pm wrap-up.

Adult only event for donors, members, and non-members. Program is free but we ask you to RSVP so we know to expect you and can prepare appropriately. Thank you!


July 18, 2019 – Moon to Mars: Back to the Future

Speaker: Pat Troutman

Take a quick journey through NASA’s current plans of returning humans to the Moon and then on to Mars, along with some historical and social context.

Patrick A. Troutman graduated in 1984 from the Virginia Tech with a BS in Aerospace & Oceanographic Engineering along with a minor in Computer Science.  In the past 30 plus years he has worked for NASA designing and assessing the International Space Station, leading systems analysis related to future space scenarios including managing the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts (RASC) program, helping to define the Vision for Space Exploration, leading the integration for the Constellation Program lunar surface architecture, and leading human space exploration mission design for the NASA Human Spaceflight Architecture Team and the Evolvable Mars Campaign.    Mr. Troutman currently serves as the lead for human exploration strategic assessments at the NASA Langley Research Center where his current efforts include developing what the next set of activities for humans should be beyond the international space station, and how those missions will prepare humanity for missions to the Moon and Mars.

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Museum Mixers


Sharks and Shandies

August 1, 2019 –  Sharks and Shandies

Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (last drink poured at 8:00 pm)

Ticket Prices: Members $10.00, non-members $15.00, DD Discount $2.00 per ticket

Adulting is hard, take in some beach vibes during Sharks and Shandies at the VLM! Wear your best Hawaiian shirt, shark gear, or a combination of both and join us for this fintastic after hours mixer. Hang out and sip on refreshing Shandies from local breweries, chomp on bar food from Wild Side Cafe and enjoy activities that include:

  • Exploring SHARK ZONE and our other indoor exhibits.
  • Learning how to make shark origami and a shark tooth necklace.
  • Jenga and Cornhole.

The museum will also have local artist calebfolks. playing relaxing live music that will make you feel beachy keen.

Featured Breweries

  • St. Georges Brewery
  • Capstan Bar Brewing Company
  • Tradition Brewing Company
  • Sly Clyde Ciderworks

*This event is 21 and up.

*At check-in guests will receive tasting tickets. They have the option to purchase beer or wine.

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Boos and Brews

More information to come.