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SELF-GUIDED VISIT

Fee: $10.00 per student; $18 per adult

Members and ages 2 and under are free.

Purchase Self-Guided Visit

For questions call the Reservations Office at 757-595-9135, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm. Please register everyone who plans to attend.

The exhibits in the Virginia Living Museum were designed to correlate with and reinforce Virginia’s Standards of Learning for Science. While taking a tour of the geographic regions of Virginia, families can observe:

  • Live animals and plants in their natural habitats
  • Plant and animal life cycles, food chains and food webs
  • Animal survival adaptations for finding food and shelter, rearing young, avoiding predators, defensive measures
  • Animal migration, camouflage and hibernation
  • Endangered and threatened species
  • Vertebrates and invertebrates
  • The importance of conserving Virginia’s animal, plant and mineral resources
  • Pond, forest, stream, Chesapeake Bay, cypress swamp, mountain cove, cave and more habitats
  • Virginia’s prehistoric past: rocks, minerals, fossils

Self-Guided Exhibit Guides

The Virginia Living Museum has developed targeted guides to help your student focus during their visit. Please come prepared with copies for your student.

Exhibit Guides Answer Keys
Pre-K  
Grades K-1 Grades K-1
Grades 2-3 Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5 Grades 4-5
Middle School Middle School
High School High School

 

Homeschool Programming

The Virginia Living Museum offers homeschool programs for all ages (Pre-K through 12) with 45-minute programs.  Read the options below and click the Homeschool Day Ticket button to register for each program.

2022 Available Programs:

December 7, 2022
Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star

  • Time: 10am-10:45am
  • Participants: Ages 8 and up
  • Description: Was the Star of Bethlehem an astronomical event?  If so, what was it?  Join us as we explore the skies of over 2000 years ago to see what the Magi might have seen in their skies which inspired them to take a perilous journey to greet a newborn king.
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

 

The Phases of the Moon

  • Time:  12pm-1:30pm
  • Participants: Ages 12+
  • Description: The reason why we see the phases of the Moon can be a challenging conceptual puzzle.  Join us as we break down exactly what is happening and fully explore exactly what happens to our lunar neighbor every month.  We’ll then head into the planetarium to see how an understanding of lunar science helped young lawyer Abraham Lincoln win his most famous case.
  • Child lab program and admission: $12.50 (M)/$17.00 (NM)
    Adult admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

 

Animals of Virginia

  • Time:  2pm-2:45pm
  • Participants: All Ages
  • Description: Meet native Virginia animals and discover their role in the ecosystem.
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

2023 Available Programs:

January 25, 2023

Day and Night

  • Time: 10am-10:45am
  • Participants: Recommended for ages 5-7
  • Description: Discover the importance of Earth’s shadow as a staff astronomer takes you on a journey from Day to Night.
  • Child planetarium show and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult planetarium show and museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

Chesapeake Bay Ecology

  • Time: 12pm-1:30pm
  • Participants: Ages 12+
  • Description: Through real-world issues, this station-based lab focuses on data collection skills and critical thinking. This program provides a well-rounded view on the ecology of the Bay while inspiring a sense of stewardship to protect our environment.
  • Child lab program and museum admission: $12.50 (M)/$17.00 (NM) 
    Adult museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

Wild in the Water

  • Time: 2pm-2:45pm
  • Participants: Recommended for ages 6 and up
  • Description: Discover aquatic habitats and how life thrives in this unique environment.
  • Child classroom program and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

February 15, 2023

Follow the Drinking Gourd

  • Time: 10am-10:45am
  • Participants: Recommended for ages 7-10
  • Description: Discover how enslaved peoples in America used the sky and a song to find their way to freedom in this multimedia planetarium presentation.
  • Child planetarium show and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult planetarium show and museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

Hoot Hoot Hooray

  • Time: 12pm-12:45pm
  • Participants: Recommended for ages 6 and up
  • Description: Fly with us as we learn about the diversity of birds and their adaptations and dissect owl pellets.
  • Child classroom program and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

Rockin’ Our Earth

  • Time: 2pm-3:30pm
  • Participants: Age 12+
  • Description: Explore the rock cycle and examine special properties of minerals through a series of experiments and learn why rocks and minerals are important to everyday life.
  • Child lab program and museum admission: $12.50 (M)/$17.00 (NM) 
    Adult museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

March 8, 2023

Cycles of Survival 

  • Time: 10am-10:45am
  • Participants: Recommended for ages 6 and up
  • Description: Uncover how wild animals survive through hands-on activities that demonstrate their structural and behavioral adaptations.
  • Child classroom program and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

Noisy Neighbors

  • Time: 1pm-1:45pm
  • Participants: Recommended for ages 8+
  • Description: Discover the danger faced by amphibians and how you can help save them in this multimedia planetarium presentation.
  • Child planetarium show and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult planetarium show and museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

Plant Power

  • Time: 2pm-3:30pm 
  • Participants: Ages 12+
  • Description: Dissect a flower to discover its various parts while learning what role they play in pollination. Discuss the importance of pollination, how pollinators help, and ways we can protect and promote pollinators for healthy gardens.
  • Child lab program and museum admission: $12.50 (M)/$17.00 (NM) 
    Adult museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

April 26, 2023

Earth Day Cleanup

  • Time: 9am-10:30am & 1pm-2:30pm
  • Participants: Must be at least 8 years old
  • Description: Celebrate Earth Day by participating in litter cleanup at the Virginia Living Museum. We’ll collect data on the trash collected by sorting what we’ve picked up. Then, meet an animal ambassador and learn what you can do to help protect their environment. Students between the ages of 8-14 need an adult 18 years or older with them, students 15 years and older may participate on their own. 
  • Child program and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult program and museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth

  • Time: 11:30am-12:15pm
  • Participants: Recommended for ages 7-10
  • Description: Join the Zula Patrol as they learn about the history of the Earth and try to save the planet from destruction in this full dome cartoon.
  • Child planetarium show and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult planetarium show and museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

May 10, 2023

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda 

  • Time: 10am-10:45am
  • Participants: All ages
  • Description: Hear the classic tale of Perseus and Andromeda as told in lasers!
  • Child planetarium show and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult planetarium show and museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

Canoes and Conservation

  • Time: 12pm-1:30pm 
  • Participants: Must be at least 12 years old
  • Description: Gain experience conducting field tests to learn more about freshwater ecosystems. Make observations about Deer Park Lake, collect mud samples, take a close look at plankton, and try your hand at catching macroinvertebrates in dip nets. Canoes are for students only, adults may join the land portion of the program. 
  • Child lab program and admission: $12.50 (M)/$17.00 (NM) 
    Adult museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM) – No seat on a canoe but welcomed to join land portions. 

A Voice for the Animals

  • Time: 2pm-2:45pm
  • Participants: Recommended for ages 6 and up 
  • Description: Meet the animals on our outdoor trail during this guided tour and learn how you can protect our local wildlife and ecosystems.
  • Child classroom program and museum admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM) 
    Adult museum admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)
Homeschool Day Ticket List

Discovery Boxes

The Museum offers homeschool families special discount pricing for its “Museum in a Trunk” Discovery Boxes. Choose from nine exciting topics.  Each topic is developed thematically and contains natural history specimens and artifacts from the Museum’s collections for hands-on use by students, as well as activities, audiovisual materials, student and parent resource information and much more. Save more money by sharing Discovery Boxes with other homeschool families. 

To reserve a Discovery Box for homeschool use, please call 757-595-9135 or complete our online form.

Read About the Discovery Boxes
Rental Duration
Pickup/Return
Cost
7-day Rental Pickup and Return at the VLM $100
3-day Rental Pickup and Return at the VLM $65

 

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