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Summer Thursday Evenings – Open Late ’til 8

Grab the family and enjoy these Summer Thursday Evenings at the VLM! Every Thursday this summer (July 5 through August 30) enjoy EXTENDED Museum hours.

Family Butterfly Count in the Blue Ridge Mountains – July 21

Time: 7 am – 9 pm

Join us for our 27th annual NABA Butterfly Count in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Be a part of this nationwide activity as we count, identify, collect and release butterflies, while also enjoying the insects and flowers along the wondrous Blue Ridge Parkway.  This trip is a great way to share nature with your family. The trip includes driving to several sites then hiking along short and hilly meadow or forested trails.  Transportation will be provided in the museum’s mini bus.


$45 per person ($10 discount for VLM members – be sure to “sign in” in the upper right corner of the website to receive the discount on the checkout page). Minimum age is 12 years old, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bring a lunch and drink (Museum will provide coolers).  A fast food dinner stop will be made on the way back to the museum.


VLM Blood Drive – August 8

Time: 10:30-2:30 pm

Give the gift of life! Every drop counts. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767. Sponsor code: VLM. Donors will receive (while supplies last): $2 discount for up to four people associated with the donor free fountain drinks from the Wild Side Cafe.

Keep it Cool Day – August 11

Time: 9-5pm

Learn how the Virginia Living Museum keeps its cool during hot summer days with animal enrichiment activities designed with our animals in mind! See our otter enjoy a “fish-cicle” and more! We will also offer special behind-the-scenes Mastodon Tours (tickets required) as you learn about the Ice Age.

Keep it Cool is included in Museum admission. Adults $20, children (ages 3-12) $15. Mastodon Sneak Peek Tour tickets are $12 for Museum members and $14 plus Museum admission for non-members.