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Butterfly Haven

10/01/2021 - 10/02/2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Guests will experience the beauty of the seasonal BUTTERFLY HAVEN, a 14′ x 24′ butterfly enclosure located alongside the Virginia Garden just outside the Wason Education Center.

The exciting new exhibit will engage guests of all ages as they immerse themselves in a world of butterflies and plants!

The house will support the Museum’s conservation efforts to preserve pollinating species such as the Monarch Butterfly. The initiative also supports education and awareness for the challenged annual Monarch butterfly migration due to deforestation in Mexico, extreme climate fluctuations in North America, and the growth of herbicide-based agriculture destroying crucial milkweed flora in the Midwest.

Cost: included in museum admission


Butterfly Haven

Monarch Tag & Release 2021

10/02/2021
12:00 am - 12:15 pm

CONSERVATION NOTE: Watch for live monarch tag-and-release programs Tuesdays & Saturdays at 12 noon through the butterfly season! Click here to learn more:

More Butterfly Information


Fall Native Plant Sale

10/02/2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Public Onsite Sale: Sept. 18-19, 25-26, Oct. 2-3, 9am-4pm

Location: Museum conservation garden

Free and open to the public. No admission required.

Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild.

Purchase plants online at: https://thevlm.org/events/shop-now/


Fall Native Plant Sale

Deer Feeding

10/02/2021
11:00 am - 11:15 am

At 11am-11:15am every day*, the Museum will be feeding the deer on the outdoor trail. Included in general admission/membership.

*Weather dependent


Otter Feeding

10/02/2021
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

At 1:00pm-1:15pm every day*, the Museum will be feeding the otters on the outdoor trail. Included in general admission/membership.

*Weather dependent


Aviary Feeding

10/02/2021
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

At 3:30pm-3:45pm every day*, the Museum will be feeding the coastal birds on the outdoor trail. Included in general admission/membership.

*Weather dependent