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Shark Zone


Open Daily through September 2, 2019

Enter an indoor gallery through a massive shark jaw tunnel to experience a unique and never before seen Shark Zone Exhibit, created by the Virginia Living Museum.  Enjoy the wonders of our vast oceans and learn more about our friends in the deep blue sea. 

  • TOUR an amazing gallery of photos of rare and seldom seen sharks by photographers from around the globe and life-sized models of shark species!
  • TOUCH live cat sharks and skates in an 8 foot chilled, saltwater tank!
  • TRACK a shark as it travels the ocean in real-time and enter Fossil Beach to dig for shark teeth!

Enter a shark cage and come face-to-face with a full-size great white shark replica. Witness a spectacular grouping of 30 photographs of rare and seldom seen sharks in the world’s oceans: by photographers from around the globe. 

Step outside to a Fossil Beach and dig in a pit for real fossil shark teeth and learn to identify the type of shark they came from.

Learn from a computer kiosk and track over 20 tagged Great White Shark locations in the world’s oceans and explore educational websites with shark themed games and quizzes. View a large monitor of dramatic underwater video footage by award winning photographer Brian Skerry.

Enjoy these companion programs:

Opening of the Shark Jaws

Join us every morning at 9:01am for the opening of the large Shark Jaws that will mark the entrance to the SHARK ZONE.


Shark Guts – Amphitheater Program

WEATHER NOTE: The SHARK GUTS programs will move from the outdoor amphitheatre to indoors for Wednesday 7/17 – Monday 7/22. Each of these days is forecast to have a heat index of over 100 during the program times. The program will be held in the World of Darkness Discovery Center on the lower level of the museum. It will not be in the style of a show like the outdoor programs. The educators will have the hands on activities out for families to interact with from about 12-2. They will provide interpretation throughout the 2 hour period. Guests may drop in at any time. The show will return to the normally scheduled time and location on Tuesday, 7/23.

Dive into the sticky, slimy, and amazing world of shark guts at our summer amphitheater program! We’ll get up-close and personal with a variety of shark meals by learning about how shark teeth determine what they eat.

Times: 12:30, 1:30

Dates: Daily through September 2


Sharks Secrets – Animal Program

Sharks have special adaptations to help them survive in the wild, but did you know some of our animals have similar characteristics? Join one of our Educators to learn about the ways sharks survive in an array of environments – and even meet some of our animal ambassadors up-close!

Times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00

Dates: Daily through September 2



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