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Grab your family and make a date with nature at the Virginia Living Museum!

Each month a VLM educator will introduce a fun way for you and your family to interact with the natural world around us. Collect bugs and examine them up close in your very own bug box or learn about plants and take some home to grow in your own garden.

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Fall Native Plant Sale – September 22, 23, 29, 30

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

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 and choose from an array of beautiful and unusual museum propagated plants ready for fall planting.

The sale is held rain or shine.

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Homeschool Day – September 28

The Virginia Living Museum offers homeschool students grades K through 12 a morning of fun and engaging programs that highlight important natural and space science concepts. All programs are curriculum and grade-level targeted and taught by the museum’s professional educators. All programs include a self-guided visit of museum exhibits and are offered at a discount to homeschool families.

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Butterflies: Wings of Wonder – October 6

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Butterflies are amazing creatures in so many ways – their vibrant colors, different shapes, sizes, and patterns and the important roles they play in nature’s web of life. Celebrate butterflies with added exhibits, live butterflies, and family-friendly activities.


Red Wolf Awareness Week – October 12-18

Celebrate red wolves with special enrichment and activities.



Night of the Living Museum – October 19 and 20

Time: 5:30-8:30 pm (Museum closing at 4 pm)

Not-too-spooky Halloween fun for families. Tickets are limited – purchase online or at the Admission Desk.

  • Kids of all ages – wear your favorite costume and trick-or-treat through the exhibits.
  • Enjoy live animal shows featuring Halloween critters in the amphitheater.
  • Learn the ways of spiders and see a Halloween assortment of creepy crawlies.
  • Take a nighttime hike along the outdoor boardwalk and dino trail.
  • Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games.
  • Rock to Fright Light laser shows in the planetarium

Cost: Pre-sale $10 per member (ages 2 and under free); $15 non-members. Day of $18 per member; $23 non-members.

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Oyster Roast – Saturday, November 10

Time: 3-6 pm (Museum closing at 2 pm)

Enjoy all-you-can-eat fresh local Chesapeake Bay oysters, fried seafood, chowder, dessert buffet, craft beers, wine, full bar, DJ/live music, commemorative glass, raffles & more at the Virginia Living Museum’s seventh annual Oyster Roast!

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