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Wonders of the Sea Week

Wonders of the Sea Week

April 2-6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for Spring Break and welcome our new Moray Eel! Take in the “Coral Reefs: Nurseries of the Sea” conservation kiosk, a screening of the award winning documentary “Chasing Coral,” and sea-themed shows in the Abbitt Planetarium. Witness a scuba dive program and fish feeding in the Chesapeake Bay Tank and more.

Moray Eel Exhibit

Opening on April 2, the Moray Eel will be the new highlight of the Museum’s World of Darkness gallery. This exhibit will showcase the eel’s beautiful, strange, and unique appearances as well as its reclusive behavior.

The exhibit will have a total volume of approximately 1000 gallons, with extensive custom rock work complete with holes, cracks and hiding place in which the eel can showcase its natural behaviors. Low LED lighting will accentuate the feel of light penetrating the depths while creating an eerie feel. The exhibit opening is included in museum admission.

About Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. “Chasing Coral” is a Netflix Original documentary.

“Chasing Coral” will screen MondayFriday during Wonders of the Sea Week at 1:30 pm and will include a short introduction with coral specimens from the Museum’s collections.

Specialty Tours

Get a closer look at the Virginia Living Museum’s animals and exhibits with specialty tours conducted by members of the Museum’s Curatorial staff.

*NEW* Native Plant Tour Monday, April 2 3:00 pm
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, April 3 3:00 pm
Walk with the Keeper Tuesday, April 3 8:15 am
Every Animal Has a Story Wednesday, April 4 3:00 pm
Turtle Talk & Tour Friday, April 6 3:00 pm

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

Fish Feedings

Visitors will have several opportunities to see the fish and other marine animals being fed. The below schedule is for Wonders of the Sea Week only.


Trout Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00 am
Fish/Turtle Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 am
Touch Tank Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00 pm
Aquarium Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm

Cost: included in museum admission. 

Scuba Program

Wednesday 2:30 pm
Thursday 2:30 pm

Cost: included in museum admission. 

Under the Sea Party

April 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dive into “Sea-labration” that highlights the wonderful world under the sea, real and imaginary! Discover the effects pollution has one our environment and why conservation is so important through storytelling and educational displays. Check out our awesome new Moray Eel exhibit or witness at scuba dive program at 7 pm. Stop by our Mermaid Cove for story time, rock-out with our Pirates on the dance floor, and enjoy craft activities and games. It’s a costume party so wear your best mermaid, pirate, sea creature or Hawaiian shirt. Also, enjoy tropical treats like fruit & yogurt parfaits, fish food crackers, and walk the cheese planks!

Games, Crafts & Activities

  • Fish Cup
  • Walk the Plank
  • Magnet Fishing
  • Hook Ring Toss
  • Paper Bag Fish
  • What’s Your Pirate Name?


Geared towards ages 10 and under. Tickets are $7 per member, and $12 per non-members. Ticket prices will increase on April 2 to $10 for members, $15 for non-members.