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Diary of a Hammerhead – through Sept. 4

Open Daily

If you thought you knew everything about sharks, think again…Experience the epic life of Harriet Hammerhead, a great hammerhead shark! Take a peek inside Harriet’s diary to explore hammerhead sharks and their importance as apex predators and keystone species of the world’s oceans. This traveling exhibit highlights shark biology and conservation. Look for the panels of the diary to surround the central staircase on the upper level of the Museum.

Cost: Included in museum admission.


Back by popular demand…

Dino on the Loose! –   July 1, Aug. 12

Time: 11am and 1pm

Join our walking T-Rex for dinosaur parades, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail! Weather permitting. Click here for more information.

Cost: Included in museum admission.


Summer Amphitheater – through Aug. 13*

*No Shows: June 19 and June 21

Time: 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, and 2pm

Is My Sandwich a Dinosaur?

Join students Ash and Terry to find out all about dinosaurs and what fossils (and chicken sandwiches!) can teach us about the incredible animals that walked the Earth over 65 million years ago. With lots of audience participation, you might even get to be part of the show! Click here for more information.

Cost: Included in Museum admission.


Critter Encounter – Live Animal Shows – through Sept. 4

Time:  12 noon, 1pm, and 2pm daily – Wason Education Center Lobby

Animals in the wild are the real survival experts.  They have to make their way through a challenging world everyday. How do they do it? What skills and tools do they use?  You will learn some their secrets in this 15 minute Live Animal Encounter.

Cost: Included in Museum admission.


Turtle Census –  June 24, July 1, July 22

Time: 10am – 12pm

Every year in June and July we pick three days to set out live-capture, baited hoop nets in Deer Park Lake. Come watch as VLM staff gather all of the turtles that are collected in these nets, and do the following:

  • Identify the species of turtle and whether it’s male or female.
  • Clean the shell to remove any stuck-on algae.
  • Determine whether this is a new turtle or recapture.

Cost: Included in museum admission.


Shark Day – July 15

Time: 10am-4pm

Swim, paddle, wade, or sail into this exciting day with sharky crafts, activities, and displays that will put a toothy grin on your face. Learn about these amazing animals and their relatives, and about the work being done to preserve their populations and habitats.

You don’t want to miss

  • Kolonial Klowns face painting, noon-2pm
  • various shark artifacts from our collections.
  • dressing up as shark for a jaw dropping photo!
  • games and crafts
  • shark scuba program, 1pm
  • the 3pm behind the scenes tour will be focused on sharks

Check out our Companion Program Planetarium Shows:

Cost: Included in museum admission.