Science comes alive for students of all ages at the Virginia Living Museum, the mid-Atlantic region’s premier science education facility. Since 1966, the Virginia Living Museum has delivered hands-on education to several million students.
Museum science programs are SOL-correlated and grade-level targeted. The programs are endorsed by the Virginia Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation. All programs are taught by our professional educators who present programs in a way that makes science become real and memorable.
The Museum is a private non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the Eastern Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, and the John Smith Trail.
Teachers: Call early for best selection of programs and dates. Consider reserving programs in the fall or winter when the museum is less busy.
Please view this video as an introduction to our classes.
Self Guided Visits
Schedule a self-guided visit of exhibits that feature more than 250 live animals and plant species, native to Virginia, in their natural settings.
Natural science programs offer elementary students an introduction to various topics in the life sciences—from animal adaptations to the importance of green plants to the study of snakes.
In the Abbitt Planetarium, students in grades K-12 visit the planets, travel to a black hole, observe spinning galaxies or study the earth from space.
Environmental Science Labs
Environmental science labs are in-depth sessions in which middle and high school students actively participate in conducting experiments, collecting data and analyzing results.
Science Safaris, for high school students, are combined laboratory and field classes that stress field study, experimentation, data collection and analysis.
Programs for K-5 (pdf) Programs for 6-12 (pdf) Outreach/Safaris (pdf)
Have VLM Visit Your School
Outreach programs are specially designed, SOL-correlated presentations in your school classroom or auditorium.
Schedule a Visit
Check out these tips before scheduling your school visit.
Use our online form to schedule your school visit or call 757-595-9135 Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:30pm
Prepare for Your School’s Visit
The Virginia Living Museum wants your class to have the best visit possible. Check out these tips as you prepare for your visit.
Discovery Boxes are “museum-in-a-trunk” traveling curriculum modules that teachers use in their own classrooms.
The Virginia Living Museum’s Teacher Training Institute provides outstanding SOL-correlated, grade-level targeted training programs in life, environmental and earth science for teachers of grades K-12.
Teachers seeking funding assistance for their group may visit Target.com for more information on their “Take Education on the Road” Field Trip Grant Program.