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Virginia’s natural heritage comes alive at the Virginia Living Museum through living exhibits that encompass all the state’s geographic regions from the mountains to the ocean. Each exhibit tells a story.

Indoor Exhibits

Explore the regions of Virginia and the animals and plants that live there through exhibits and interactive discovery centers:

  • Coastal Plain
  • Piedmont and Mountains
  • Cypress Swamp
  • Mountain Cove
  • Virginia Underground
  • After Dark


Temporary Exhibits/Changing Exhibits Gallery

Seasonal |Butterfly Haven 2021 (till early October) The exciting new exhibit will engage guests of all ages as they immerse themselves in a world of butterflies and plants!

Seasonal | Nature Nights Holiday Lights 2021 (November 26 – December 30) Enter an outdoor trail glittering with lights and holiday spirit.

Backyard Adventures (February 5 – May 1, 2022) There is a hidden world of science waiting to be discovered in the backyard!

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Outdoor Exhibits and Gardens

Stroll the elevated boardwalk to see birds and animals native to Virginia in naturalized habitats. Explore the Butterfly Haven and learn how to build green in the Goodson Living Green House. Native Plant Teaching Garden and Children’s Garden/Nature Playground opened in April 2013.

Dinosaur Discovery Trail is a permanent outdoor exhibit showcasing scientifically accurate dinosaurs, hands on, kid-sized Paleontology Camp, plus dinosaur fossils.

Abbitt Planetarium

Visit the planets, travel to a black hole, observe spinning galaxies or study the Earth from space. Using our state-of-the-art digital full-screen projection system, we can recreate the many wonders of the universe, including the stars and constellations of the sky for any season of the year – all from the comfort of an armchair.

Animals and Plants

The Virginia Living Museum exhibits more than 250 species of animals and 450 species of plants native to Virginia. Learn more about them.

Check out the web cam on the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium and the ottercam  on the Coastal Plain Aviary. Visit YouTube to see other videos of our animals.