What You’ll See at the Virginia Living Museum
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. There is the predator-prey relationship between the chipmunk and the corn snake, the survival adaptations of the flounder and puffer fish, the endangered status of the once plentiful sturgeon and the geological changes that have created caves.
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
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!
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 and the Dinosaur Discovery Trail opened Oct. 15, 2016. Read more…
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. Read more…
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.