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BUILT by the Community.

BELOVED by the Community.

SUSTAINED by the Community.

The Virginia Living Museum, a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (54-6055922), is supported by people like you, to encourage and build a better community.  Your gift supports engaging award winning education programs, 11 conservation programs, and exceptional animal care and welfare. The Museum is proud to be double accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, and the American Alliance of Museums.

The Museum is a community anchor, where families enjoy the wonders of nature, students engage in hands-on science education, and future scientists, veterinarians, and biology teachers become interested in pursuing those careers — is counting on your support. Your Museum counts on your annual financial support from the community to survive and thrive.

If the above link doesn’t work, you may make your donation using this page.

Join a Giving Society!

Help inspire future generations and keep the joy of discovery alive!

You can keep the education and conservation mission thriving through our donor societies

Heron Society

Join our Heron Society

 The Heron Society recognizes prominent philanthropic operating support to sustain the Museum’s mission annually. ~ connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation!

  • Your leadership support for the Annual Fund endorses highly accredited standards in education, outstanding exhibits, conservation programs, scientific collections, and professional standards in animal care and welfare.

Heron Society members are acknowledged with: 

  • Recognition as a leading supporter of the Museum
  • Exclusive unique experiences with Museum experts to enjoy an up-close and personal peek into the inner workings of your Museum
  • Unlimited admission to the Museum, Conservation Gardens, and Abbitt Planetarium
  • Invitations to special events and programs

Giving Society

Conservation and Education in Action

become a giving level member

Your support as an annual Conservationist or Educator member keeps the Museum at the forefront of science education, and awareness.

Your gift will be acknowledged with:

  • Recognition as an Annual Fund Donor
  • Unlimited admission to the Museum, Conservation Gardens, and Abbitt Planetarium
  • Invitation to events and programs

Other Donor Opportunities


Corporate gifts to the Virginia Living Museum inspire learning, enrich lives, make the excitement of discovery continue and help keep wonder off the endangered list.

Adopt a Wild Thing

As an AWT virtual adopter you support food, shelter and care for your own special animal friend. AWT adopters receive an official adoption certificate and information about their animal.

Corporate Donors Adopt a Wild Thing Donors

Planned Giving

The gift that keeps giving.  The Virginia Living Museum’s Endowment equals sustainability for generations to come.  Click here to see how YOU can inspire a lifetime of learning for the next generation with a planned gift to the Virginia Living Museum.

Other Ways to Give

Giving a gift to the Museum provides important support to our exhibits and educational programs. Gifts of all amounts are important and greatly appreciated.

Planned Giving Donors Other Donation Methods

Double Your Impact!

Many companies will match your gift to non-profit organizations. Check with your employer or contact the Advancement Office to find out if your company participates in this program.

Donate by Mail!

Should you prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to: Virginia Living Museum and mail to:

Advancement Office
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601

Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Your donation will be processed within five business days.

Contact us

For more information, contact the Advancement Office at 757-595-1900, ext. 257 or e-mail  Development.

The Virginia Living Museum is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (54-6055922). All memberships, donations and gifts enable us to operate each year. Museum financial information is available by written request to the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.

New York residents: Upon request, a copy of the latest report can be obtained from the organization or from the Office of the Attorney General by writing the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271