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: Limited touch points due to Covid-19.
- Coastal Plain
- Piedmont and Mountains
- Cypress Swamp
- Mountain Cove
- Virginia Underground
- After Dark
Exploration Ice Age- Unearthing Extinctions (February 13 – April 11, 2021) The Quaternary Extinction, includes the loss of the animals found in North America at the end of the ice age, such as saber-tooth cats, mammoths, and mastodons. Many of their relatives are still around today – some even live in a habitat along the Virginia Living Museum’s outdoor trail!
Jurassic Giants – of the Triassic, Jurassic & Cretaceous periods (May 29 – Sept. 6, 2021) Experience the largest animatronic dinosaur the Virginia Living Museum has every featured. Our conservation garden will be the home of Giganotosaurus!
Outdoor Exhibits and Gardens
Stroll the elevated boardwalk to see birds and animals native to Virginia in naturalized habitats. Explore the Virginia, Butterfly and Conservation Gardens 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.