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November 13 | Oyster Roast 2021 | SOLD OUT!

The 2021 SOLD OUT Oyster Roast was a beautiful day for Conservation. More than 9 Billion gallons of water will be filtered from the recycled shells.  We are extremely grateful to our generous event sponsors. See you next year!


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November 26 – December 3 | Annual Holiday Sale

Time: 9am-5pm

Description: Get a jump on the season of giving and take advantage of great savings at the Wild Things Museum Store! Until December 3rd, members will save 30% on all purchases.


Nature Nights Holiday Lights Evening WalkNovember 26 – December 30 | Nature Nights Holiday Lights

(nights vary | Thurs-Sun – 11/26-11/28, 12/2-12/5, 12/9-12/12, 12/16-12/19, 12/20-12/23, 12/26-12/30)

Time5:30-8:30pm (timed tickets)

Description: An evening Nature Night Walk through the museum’s outdoor trail decorated with lights and holiday decor. Happy Holidays… naturally! Have your picture taken with Otter Claus Friday and Saturday nights! Enjoy the planetarium show  Star of Wonder at 6 pm and Holiday Magic Laser Show at 7 pm each night for an additional fee.

NNHL tickets | 6pm Star of Wonder | 7pm Holiday Magic


Wild at Art artists im Wilson and David Turner

December 3-4 | Wild at Art Show



Location: Changing Exhibit Gallery


Description: The Wild at Art Show is an Art Show and Fundraiser hosted by the Virginia Living Museum featuring long-time Museum partners, artist Jim Wilson, and Sculptor David Turner. A portion of the sales from the show will benefit the Virginia Living Museum. The show will take place on Friday, December 3rd from 9-5 pm and Saturday, December 4th from 9-5 pm. It is free and open to the public and will be taking place in the Changing Exhibit Gallery.


December 5 | Community Vaccination Celebration

Time: 11-3pm

Cost: Free Museum admission for those receiving a COVID vaccine and accompanying family members, compliments of Virginia Living Museum and health partner Riverside Health Services

Location: Museum Changing Exhibit Gallery

The science says: get immunized! In partnership with Celebrate Healthcare, LLC, the Museum welcomes community members to a vaccine clinic with face painting, treats and admission!


December 11 | Owl be Home for the Holidays

Time: 9am-11am

Cost: free for members, $4/ticket for non-members (included in daily admission ticket for these time slots)

Location: museum interior

Welcome the holidays with the Virginia Living Museum. Join us as we celebrate the season with treats and activities. And don’t forget to write out your letter to give to Santa and Mrs. Claus!  

This event is expected to sell out. We request all attendees, member and non-member, to purchase admission tickets ahead of time.

9-10am Tickets 10-11am Tickets


December 27-29 | SCIENCE SHOWS: The Magic of Science and Forces and Motion

The Magic of Science allows everyone, both in the audience and on stage, to become a magician!  Everything done in this 45-minute science show looks and acts like a real magic trick. The only real trick is that everything done is science at work. 

In Forces and Motion, an exciting, interactive science show, the audience enters the world of physics and learns how it affects our everyday lives! Thrilling demonstrations will amaze and inspire you about the often intimidating field of physics.

Show Times: 11am and 1pm

Cost: Science shows are included in Museum Admission.

Sponsored by the Newport News Arts Commission



December 31 | Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

Ring in the Noon Year 2022 at the Virginia Living Museum as we count down to 12 noon!  Enjoy activities, crafts and fun surrounded by your favorite animal ambassadors.

Ticket information coming soon!




January 21-22, February 11-12, March 11-12 | Cub Scout Overnight Camp-in


Do you have what it takes to be a team player? Find out at our camp-in filled with STEM-based team challenges.

More Details and Registration


January 28-29, February 25-26, March 25-26 | Girl Scout Overnight Camp-in


Look at bugs, plants, and animals in a whole new way! Using our observation skills and a little math, we’ll discover all the shapes, patterns, and symmetry nature has to offer.

More Details and Registration


Bacchus Wine & Food Festival logoFebruary 4 | Bacchus Wine and Food Festival

Bacchus, the god of Nature, Vine, and Wine invites you to the Virginia Living Museum’s 17th Annual Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – a 2018 Best of Hampton Roads event. Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, local restaurant fare, a diverse Silent Auction, and an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment as you mingle with friends among the beautiful museum galleries and exhibits.

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April 4-8 | Spring Break Camps

Time: 9am-12pm for Pre-K, 9am-3pm for K-5

Description: sign your kids up to learn about the wide world around us in our week long Spring Break Camps! Children who are Pre-K can learn all about different habitats in Around the World, learners in K-2 can see animals from the eyes of a keeper in Walk on the Wild Side, and learners in 3-5 will join us for experiments to discover new facts about air in Breathe it In!

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April 22-23 | Planet Protectors: Earth Day Family Overnight Camp-in


Join us as a family to celebrate our wonderful planet on Earth Day. Explore ways you can protect the environment and become a planet protector.

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