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Spring/Summer Tours

Get a closer look at the Virginia Living Museum’s animals and exhibits with these tours conducted by members of the Museum’s Curatorial staff during Spring Break and the summer.

Walk with the Keeper – First and Third Tuesday of the month at 8:15 am


Summer dates: June 18, July 2, July16, August 6, August 20

A unique experience awaits you as you Walk with the Keeper… See what happens before the museum opens! Wake up the animals, experience their morning feedings and help ready the animals for a wild day at the Virginia Living Museum!

Guided by the animal keeper, journey to areas of the museum where visitors are not allowed. Your tour will bring you to the following stops:

  • Animal holding area
  • Animal food prep facility
  • Viewing of morning feedings for following animals: (pending availability) otter, birds in coastal aviary, bobcat, red wolves, turkey and deer
  • Experience morning animal release from safe houses
  • Witness otter, coastal aviary, turkey, bobcat or wolf enrichment activities (pending availability)

Our tour begins promptly at 8:15am so arrive by 8am. Wait at front glass doors for the Keeper to arrive.

Note: Wear comfortable shoes~ dress for weather. Be prepared for extended walking.
Tours last 45 minutes. Tickets must be purchased by 4pm the evening before.

Cost: $12 VLM members, $14 non-members (museum admission is additional).

Age: 4 and above

Maximum in Group: 12 guests

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All About Otters Tour –  Thursdays at 3 pm

Summer dates: June 20, July 18, August 1, August 15, August 29


A special chance to meet one of your favorite animals at the museum up close & personal. Learn what they eat, how they eat and how the Virginia Living Museum trains them to cooperate during veteranarian visits and enrichment. Tourists will assist with an actual training session and gain admittance into restricted areas where only staff dare to venture!

Tours last 45 minutes.

Note: No wheelchair access to otter building or habitat.

Cost: VLM members $12, non-members $14 plus museum admission.

Age: 4 and above

Maximum in Group: 12 guests

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(Note: Members are asked to show proof of membership on day of tour.)


Endangered Encounter –  Thursday at 3pm

Summer dates: June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22

This is your chance to meet up close and personal the museum’s federal and state endangered and threatened species. From Sturgeon to Sea Turtle to Red Wolf to the comeback story of the majestic Bald Eagle, this special tour explores the status of these fragile creatures and their future survival. Led by Curatorial Director, George Mathews, you will tour throughout the museum and behind the scenes to see how these at risk animals live, and why they are protected.

Your tour will bring you to see many of the following protected animals:

  • Loggerhead sea turtle
  • Wood turtle
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red Wolf
  • Blackbanded sunfish
  • Roanoke logperch
  • Shortnose sturgeon
  • Barking treefrog
  • Eastern tiger salamander
  • Eastern glass lizard
  • Eastern chicken turtle

Note: Wear comfortable shoes. Be prepared for extended walking. Tours last 45 minutes.

Cost: $12 VLM members, $14 non-members (plus museum admission, which is required).

Maximum on tour: 12 guests

Age: 4 and above

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Turtle Talk & Tour – Fridays at 3 pm


Summer dates: June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16

Come along with us & see several of the 24 species of turtles that you can find right here in Virginia. A Herpetologist will accompany you to explore places in the museum that is seldom seen by visitors to get a close encounter of the turtle kind!

So book your tickets today to learn more about these terrific reptiles. The tour will include tantalizing facts about snappers, sea turtles & sliders.

Tours last 45 minutes.

Cost: $12 VLM members, $14 non-members (plus museum admission, which is required).

Age: 3 and above

Maximum in Group: 12 guests

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If you enjoyed our SPRING/SUMMER TOURS, be sure to take part in our year-round options!

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