May 5 – September 3, 2018
Open Daily 9am – 5pm
Roaring, stomping animatronic dinosaurs are back! Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods as you visit the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery and throughout the Museum grounds and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn. Experience an almost 13 foot T.rex in the conservation garden accompanied by a lounging Pachyrhinosaurus photo op. Indoors uncover a Hadrosaur fossil dig, a robotic Stegosaurus, and other life-like robotic dinosaurs. Beware the water spitting Dilophosaurus and baby as you enter the back deck. The Virginia Living Museum truly is your Dinosaur Destination May 5- September 3, 2018.
Cost: included in museum admission – 20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12). Ages 2 and under and are free.
7 Dinosaur-Themed Experiences:
Animatronic Dinosaur Indoor Gallery
Life-Sized Animatronic T.rex in Garden
Pachyrhinosaurus Photo-Op in Garden
Water Spitting Dilophosaurus and Baby
Original Virginia Dinosaur Tracks
Shows: Live Theater | Planetarium | Live Animal
Dinosaur Discovery Trail
January 19 – April 28, 2019
Do you have what it takes to survive? Take a step back into history to find out. In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of Virginia and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement. Little did they know that less than half of them would survive the year in this new wilderness. Minotaur Mazes’ American Adventure takes visitors on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks people to conquer one great challenge: survive the year as one of the original Jamestown colonists. Sound easy? Think again. Only 38 of the 104 settlers survived. But don’t worry – you’re not tied to their destiny. You can beat the odds and determine your fate – it all depends on the choices you make…and a bit of luck.
Blending historical accuracy and the complexities of real life and death decisions, American Adventure delivers a truly unique and effective learning experience. Visitors choose a unique identity of one the Jamestown colonists and track a series of life choices on an easy to use abacus representing “life points” for health, wealth, food, and morale. You have to maintain all of them to “survive” the exhibit. Visitors will encounter four content-rich “Season Galleries” and engage in hands-on activities that result in choices relevant to their character. Survival is based on visitor knowledge and ingenuity but also the abilities and priorities of chosen identity. The American Adventure experience quickly reveals the reality of what Jamestown’s settlers faced, but also how everyday decisions and interactions with the environment can be a matter of life and death. Even if you don’t survive, try again! There’s a new adventure every time you enter the exhibit!