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Become a Member

Becoming a member of the Virginia Living Museum has great benefits. A season pass to 12 months of wild adventure awaits. A variety of levels are available to choose from and a Family Membership pays for itself in just two visits! Come enjoy unlimited visits and extra benefits all year long!

What our Members Say…

“Amazing museum/aquarium/learning center/cafe – this place has it all!! The nicest place for children on the Peninsula, easily, especially with the new Children’s Garden and playground. Buy a membership if you plan to go more than once – it will SO be worth it. From a mother of three children four and under!”

Petra Holden

“So much to do and see! I love being a member at The Virginia Living Museum.”

Heather Dougherty


This is a wonderful place to visit. We have had a membership here and used it liberally. The kids love the hands-on experiences. They have a great planetarium laser show in summers which we all enjoyed. The outdoor area is fantastic for exploring around and burning off energy.

Jen R

This is a great place to spend an afternoon. I have been here many times with my children and now my grandchildren. If you are local enough, get a pass as it is so well worth it. I have the grandparents + 6. There are great fish tanks, an outdoor walkway with animals, a dinosaur exhibit this summer, play areas indoor and outdoors for children, a planetarium, gardens, a small waterfall.
If you have children you shouldn’t miss this museum.


Membership Levels

The level of membership you choose determines how you use the Museum. Customize your membership to fit your needs. Our add-ons allow you to bring a different guest with you anytime you visit the museum. Great for bringing a friend, babysitter, neighbor, or more. Consider a 2-year membership for extra savings!

1 Year
2 Years
Individual Full advantages for the individual. $60 $108
Duo Full advantages for 2 people living at the same address. $85 $153
Duo w/ 2 Guests Duo benefits, plus 2 Guests. $135 $253
Duo w/ 4 Guests Duo benefits, plus 4 Guests. $165 $313
Duo w/ 6 Guests Duo benefits, plus 6 Guests. $195 $373
Family Full advantages for 1 or 2 adults and their minor children (17 years or younger) living at the same address.
All family members receive benefits.
$125 $225
Family w/ 2 Guests Family benefits, plus 2 Guests. $175 $325
Family w/ 4 Guests Family benefits, plus 4 Guests. $205 $385
Family w/ 6 Guests Family benefits, plus 6 Guests. $235 $445



Membership Advantages

Become a Virginia Living Museum member today and enjoy 12 months of free admission and the following benefits:

  • Free daytime planetarium programs
  • Discounts on special programs, camps, classes and birthday parties for the member
  • 10% discount in the Wild Side Café
  • 10% discount in the Wild Things Museum Store and a 30% discount during our members’ annual holiday sale
  • Subscription to our printed Museum newsletter, “Paws & Reflect,” and e-newsletter, “The Buzz”
  • Access to over 200 museums and science centers world-wide (not valid within 90 miles of VLM) with the ASTC Passport Program. Check out the web listing or pick up a copy at the Admission Desk. PLEASE NOTE:   restrictions may apply.
  • Member exhibit previews and native plant sale previews and contests
  • BUBBLE’S BIRTHDAY CLUB for kids! Register children ages 3-12 to receive a birthday e-card and special treat on their next visit
  • Personalized membership card with attached, discounted guest pass(es)

If you aren’t sure about purchasing a membership, just pay for your daily admission. Then, if you decide you would like unlimited visits, our Admission Desk staff will apply your immediate household’s admission fee to a one year or two year membership! Offer good that day of visit/purchase only.

Please note that memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please present ID and membership card at Admission Desk each time you visit.

Nanny Policy: Please note policy update

As of October 2018, we no longer offer nanny as a free third adult on our memberships. We are still able to accommodate nannies by using one of the following options:

An individual membership can be purchased in the nanny’s name. Using this option, the nanny would check-in under his/her membership; then would check the children in under their parent’s membership. This option would allow the nanny to freely visit The Virginia Living Museum with or without the members (children or adults) being present.

The second option is to upgrade the membership level by adding guests. This would allow the nanny to accompany the member (children or adults) by checking in as a guest. This option would require the member adults or the member children to be present during every visit. When using the guest option you do NOT have to name the individuals who will be coming to the museum (meaning it this option allows you to accommodate friends, family, and caregivers every time you come).

For more information, please contact the membership coordinator at (757)595-1900 ext. 240.


It’s easy to join by phone, mail or online.

Call 757-595-1900 ext. 240 to join by phone.

Support the Museum

Consider adding a donation to your membership. Donations support the Annual Fund, which provides for the care of over 250 native species of animals and our educational programming. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law; please consult your tax attorney for specific guidelines. The Virginia Living Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) Internal Revenue Service designation. All memberships, donations and gifts enable us to operate each year. A financial statement is available upon written request from the Office of Consumer Affairs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.

Gifts of $250 or more support the Museum’s mission and provide a complimentary family with guests membership. Corporate Partnerships are also welcome. Please contact the Development Department at 757-595-1900 ext. 248 for additional information.

For additional information, contact the Development Department at 757-595-1900 ext. 286.

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