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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 One named adult (18+) person receives benefits. $75 $135
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. $99 $178
Duo w/ 2 Guests Duo benefits, plus 2 Guests. $164 $308
Duo w/ 4 Guests Duo benefits, plus 4 Guests. $194 $368
Duo w/ 6 Guests Duo benefits, plus 6 Guests. $224 $428
Family One or two named adult (18+) persons and all children 17 years or younger living at the same address receives family level benefits. $139 $250
Family w/ 2 Guests Family benefits, plus 2 Guests. $204 $380
Family w/ 4 Guests Family benefits, plus 4 Guests. $234 $440
Family w/ 6 Guests Family benefits, plus 6 Guests. $264 $500

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 special member pricing.
  • 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. For more exclusive events, check here!

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

We are 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 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. Annual Fund gifts support the daily operations of the Museum providing care of over 250 native species of animals and conservation education programming.

All memberships and gifts enable the Museum to connect people to nature!

Gifts of $250 or more support the Museum’s mission and provide a complimentary family with guests membership and invitations to exciting events. Corporate Partnerships are an important part of our community.

For additional information, contact the Advancement office at 757-595-1900 ext. 281 or

The Virginia Living Museum is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) Internal Revenue Service designation. Museum financial information is available by written request to the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. Your donation is deductible to the full extent of the law; please consult your tax advisor

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