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Membership in the time of COVID19

Member Perks|Exclusive Activities

Abbitt Planetarium Presents: Zula Patrol |Under the Weather  WATCH NOW

Abbitt Planetarium Presents: Solar SuperStorms WATCH NOW

Draw a T.rex! Silver Plume Exhibitions Presents:How to Draw a T. rex with Julius Csotonyi! Please join us along with the Tiny Titans exhibit creators in witnessing the fusion of art and science. The team at Silver Plume Exhibitions is offering several workshops offered by professional paleo-artists. Follow the prehistoric world while expressing your artistic side by visiting Silver Plume Exhibitions!We would love to see your drawings! Please share your art with us on social media or by replying to this email. Enjoy!

How to Help?

How can I best support the VLM today?
Renew your membership with us while holding to the one year expiration date.  As a non-profit, we at the Virginia Living Museum remain committed to our mission of connecting people to nature. Now, more than ever, the critical need for funding is paramount to sustaining the 250+ species who call the museum home. By choosing this option, you will be using your membership purchase to fully assist us in protecting what is precious.

What does this mean for my Membership?

How can I continue with my needed support without losing time?
We understand that you would like to support the VLM as we continue to care for our animals, but may not want to compromise visitation time. If you so choose, once the museum reopens, additional time will be added to your membership to ensure you have a full twelve months connecting with nature!


As a non-profit Virginia Living Museum’s closure has a significant financial impact on the Museum and most critically – funds needed to provide essential daily care and food for our 250 living animal species. Our amazing Animal Welfare & Conservation staff continue to deliver the highest level of care to our Animal Ambassadors, providing diets and medical care daily. We may be closed- but our needs remain the same.  Donate Now

Engage with Natural Education-Virtual Learning

The Museum doors may be closed,
however, we are virtually open and offering NATURAL EDUCATION-
Virtual Learning all day long,
with new content on social media channels YouTubeFacebookTwitter,
Tik TokInstagram, and on our many expert blogs! The next best thing to visiting!


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  One named adult (18+) person receives benefits. $60 $108
Duo Two named persons (i.e. two adults (18+) OR one adult (18+) and one child (17 or younger)) living at the same address receives benefits. $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  One or two named adult (18+) persons and all children 17 years or younger living at the same address receives family level 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



Digital Membership Cards

In a continued effort to minimize our environmental impacts by preventing pollution wherever feasible, the Virginia Living Museum partnered with Cuseum to create digital membership cards.  Digital cards can be downloaded into your Apple Wallet or Google Wallet Passes.
In supporting our conservation efforts you help:
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 304 pounds
  • Reduce plastic waste by 116.3 pounds
  • Reduce paper waste by 447.8 pounds

If you have any questions about digital memberships, we recommend visiting Digital Membership: Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you for Living our Mission as we continue to reduce our carbon footprint!

Membership Advantages

All Members Save!

  • FREE unlimited Museum admission for an entire year!
  • FREE day-time planetarium shows for the member(s) on your membership, as well as discounted special featured movies and laser evening shows.
  • Exclusive contests and save on special events.
  • Stay up-to-date with our bi-monthly e-blast and the museum’s newsletter three times a year.
  • Wild Things Museum Store & Wild Side Café purchases receive a 10% discount.
  • Celebrate your Birthday Party with $50 off.
  • Members may receive free general admission to over 360 science centers and museums worldwide through the ASTC  Travel Passport Program benefit (not valid within 90 miles of the VLM). Please note: restrictions may apply.
  • Members receive a 50% discount off regular admission to North Carolina Aquariums (covers 2 adults and 2 children on the membership).
  • Personalized membership card with discounted guest admission.

Family Level Members Save!

  •   Spring Break & Summer Camps and Homeschool Day Programs (discount varies by program).
  •   Birthday e-Club for minor children ages 3-12.

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 digital or physical 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.

Join at a Giving Level