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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.

Preschool Coloring Sheet

Exhibit Guides Answer Keys
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.

Homeschool Day Ticket List

2022 Available Programs:

September 7, 2022
Thinking Like a Scientist

  • Time: 10am-10:45am
  • Participants: All Ages
  • Description: Develop science skills like observing, predicting, classifying, interpreting, and measuring while learning how wildlife biologists use these skills to protect sea turtle populations.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

 

Canoes and Conservation

  • Time: 12pm-2pm
  • Participants: Ages 12+
  • 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.
  • Capacity: 14
  • Child lab program and admission: $12.50 (M)/$17.00 (NM)
    Adult admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM) – No seat on a canoe but welcomed to join land portions.

 

Microcosm

  • Time: 3pm-3:45pm
  • Participants: Ages 8 and up
  • Description: Join us in the not so distant future as a family out for an evening of stargazing suddenly experiences a medical emergency.  A team of doctors takes a fantastic voyage into the human body to find out what’s wrong and explore the inner workings of the human body.
  • Capacity: 71
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)
October 5, 2022
The Pluto Show

  • Time: 10am-10:45am
  • Participants: Ages 8 and up
  • Description: Why is Pluto no longer considered a planet?  Have we ever been able to explore Pluto?  Learn about the amazing New Horizons mission and what it will teach us about the king of the dwarf planets.
  • Capacity: 71
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

 

Foliage, Fragmentation, and Forests

  • Time: 12pm-1:30pm
  • Participants: Ages 12+
  • Description: Forests are vital to a healthy planet, but these important habitats can be overlooked because they are plentiful in our area. Join us to learn about woodland ecosystems, identifying trees, and forest management.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Child lab program and admission: $12.50 (M)/$17.00 (NM)
    Adult admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

 

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

  • Time: 2pm-3pm
  • Participants: Ages 11 and up
  • Description: Join us as we explore the scientific process through debate and discussion.  Our question: Is the solar system geocentric, or heliocentric?  We’ll explore Galileo’s most famous work in this interactive program.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

November 2, 2022
Web of Life

  • Time: 10am-10:45am
  • Participants: All ages
  • Description: Let’s start at the bottom of the food chain. Together we’ll work to make a food web and discuss why different animals eat different things.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

 

Fish Guts

  • Time: 12pm-1:30pm
  • Participants: Ages 12+
  • Description: Practice using and applying medical terminology during a fish dissection. Similarities and differences of human and fish anatomy will be compared and contrasted throughout the lab.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Child lab program and admission: $12.50 (M)/$17.00 (NM)
    Adult admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

 

A Sky Full of Scales

  • Time: 2pm-2:45pm
  • Participants: Ages 6 and up
  • Description: Let’s have some reptilian fun!  Join us for a game show gone crazy as we learn about reptiles and amphibians and search for them in the starry skies above us.  You might even win a prize!
  • Capacity: 71
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

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.
  • Capacity:  71
  • 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.
  • Capacity: 30
  • 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.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Child classroom program and admission: $10.50 (M)/$15.00 (NM)
    Adult classroom program and admission: Free (M)/$18.00 (NM)

 

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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