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Sept. 26-27 Fall Native Plant Sale (continues for  second weekend)

Time:  9am-4:30pm (rain or shine)

Fall, although often overlooked, is a wonderful time for gardening. Cooler temperatures and increased rainfall make it easier to introduce new shrubs, berries, and flowers for the next gardening season.

Come to the Virginia Living Museum’s annual Fall Native Plant Sale outdoors ONSITE in the Museum’s Conservation Garden and choose from an array of beautiful and unusual museum propagated plants ready for fall planting.  Click here for list of available plants and useful information.

Many of these native plants are excellent for attracting wildlife to your yard and are a good choice for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather.

The Museum’s Fall Native Plant Sale is the perfect opportunity to start designing a landscape with brilliant fall hues. Don’t let this opportunity for fall gardening pass you by.

NOTE: all COVID-19 CDC recommendations will be enforced

ONLINE Sale has concluded.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All ONLINE orders will need to be picked up on September 26-27, from 1-5pm at the Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris, Blvd., Newport News VA, 23601.

If you have questions, email:


Sept. 21-27  – Appreciate Amphibians and Reptile Week

Time:  9am-5pm daily
Enjoy displays added throughout the week, with “never-before-or-seldom-seen” animals that are part of the VLM Animal collection, such as:
  • The newly hatched spotted turtles
  •  Yellow-bellied and Red-eared Slider hatchlings
  •  Two-headed Red-eared Slider
  • The Gila Monster
  • Ambassador snakes, like the Mole Kingsnake and Northern Watersnake
  • A cuban treefrog
  • A few of our Fowler’s toads in an exhibit where people can see them up-close.
  • Plus, ambassador animals (many of your favorites) will also be on display!


INFO MONDAY– Learn about local amphibian and reptile groups Reptile Education of Virginia, and Virginia Herpetological Society and how they partner to secure both native and exotic reptiles and amphibians locally. Plus, live animals and a display on alligator enrichment!
TURTLE TUESDAY – See our baby spotted turtles, baby sliders, and Painted Turtles and learn about Baby Turtle Enrichment.
WIGGLY WEDNESSSSSDAY – You guessed it! Meet a variety of snakes, the Gila MOnster, Spotted Salamanders, and the Barred Tiger Salamander. Learn how the Gila Monster gets enrichment from a quail egg!
TOAD-ALY TAIL-LESS THURSDAY – Meet the Fowler’s Toads and Cuban Treefrog. Learn how the VLM conducts Toad enrichment.
TGIF – Thank Goodness It’s (2-headed Turtle) Friday –
Better believe it! The VLM put our Two-Headed Turtle hatchling on display, and learn how we enrich and feed this amazing turtle.
Cost included in museum admission.
Displays will be found on the upper and lower level of the museum main building.
NOTE: all COVID-19 CDC recommendations will be enforced – masks required indoors with social distancing

Sept. 26 – Dino on the Loose

Time:  1pm (weather permitting)

Join our walking T. rex for a 15 minute dinosaur parade, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail!  Guests will be asked to line the trail and watch as Dino On the Loose walks by.  Feel free to take photos and enjoy watching our walking, roaring T.rex!

Cost included in museum admission.

NOTE: all COVID-19 CDC recommendations will be enforced – social distancing observed on trail


October 23-24 and 30-31 – Night of the Living Museum WALK


2020 is the new norm… so WALK through the Night of the Living Museum this year!
Are you ready for a “wild” night walking through galleries of spooky animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving, pirates and princesses?
Night of the Living Museum returns with a one-way trek through the indoor and outdoor galleries allowing guests to view and observe during the Virginia Living Museum WALK 2020.
It is our 21st year celebrating NIGHT OF THE LIVING MUSEUM on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 from 6-8pm. This is a not-too-spooky Halloween WALK through museum and grounds for families with kids ages 12 and under.
Get your costume ready and come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal. Follow a one way path throughout the Museum and walk through themed galleries filled with characters and decorations! View fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters. Plus, take a nighttime hike along the outdoor boardwalk !
NOTE: Masks required for 10 and over…CDC guidelines for safety will be followed.
COST: Tickets are $8 for VLM members & $10 for non-members, children 2 and under are free.
ONLINE/TIMED TICKET SALES will be sold beginning October 1, 2020.


November 14- Oyster Roast To-Go 2020

Time: 2pm-5:30pm

Sick of being stuck in your shell? Join us for our annual OYSTER ROAST!
SAVE THE DATE: We will be hosting the Oyster Roast To-Go, a drive-through fundraising event, on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Event and ticket information will soon be available.
Thank you to event sponsors Ferguson, Abbitt Realty Co., C.A. Barrs Contractor, Inc, Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C., Waypoint Seafood & Grill, Phillips Energy, Inc, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

November 25- Turkey Pardoning

For the eleventh year, the Virginia Living Museum will celebrate the long and healthy life of its wild turkeys during the annual Turkey Pardoning Ceremony.

Cost: VLM members free, non-members Museum admission $20 adults, $15 children ages 3-12.

Time: TBD

Location: Turkey/Deer Habitat

In the tradition of the annual Presidential Turkey Pardoning a dignitary from the Newport News Mayor’s office will lead an indoor ceremony. After the ceremony guests will parade to the outdoor Turkey/Deer Habitat where the Museum’s four turkeys, one male and three hens, will then be called with a turkey caller and fed cracked corn while being officially “pardoned”.

For the month of November as a gesture of thanks and giving, the Museum will be doing our annual “Fill the Canoe” with non-perishable food items to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

All individuals who bring a food item will receive a coupon for a bottomless fountain drink or coffee at the Wild Side Café.

Please bring your non-perishable food items through November 30.





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