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Family Camp-in

Friday, September 16-17, 2022


Bring the family for an unforgettable night at the Virginia Living Museum! We’ll see a planetarium show, get an exclusive animal encounter, and experience what the museum has to offer after-hours. Then, set up your sleeping bag and sleep next to your favorite exhibits. Get free admission to the museum on Saturday.

Non-members: $40 per child (ages 6-17), $30 per adult.

Members: $35 per child (age 6-17), $25 per adult.

Children must be at least 6 years old to participate.

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Amazing Pollinators

June 18 – September 18, 2022

Pollinators are everywhere! They play a vital part in our world’s ecosystem, and are an incredibly varied group.

Amazing Pollinators is a visually-stunning, game-based, role-play adventure immersing audiences in the colorful and diverse world of pollinator/plant relationships.

Developed in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the exhibit weaves fascinating stories with urgent messages about pollinators, the critical work they do, and their importance to people and planet.


Supported in part by the York County Arts Commission

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Butterfly Haven 2022

July 30 – September 25

Butterflies are back!

When you come to the Virginia Living Museum, you can walk through our butterfly house where you will see a variety of Virginia native butterfly species feeding and laying eggs on plants. PLUS: a chrysalis chamber that lets you see caterpillars actively metamorphosing into adult butterflies!

Included in daily admission or membership.

Fall Native Plant Sale 2022

Member preview: September 15 | 4pm-6pm

Public Sale:  September 17-18, 24-25 | 9am-4:30pm

It’s Autumn again, so you know what that means – break out your gloves, rakes and shovels; it’s the Fall Native Plant Sale!

The Virginia Living Museum popular Native Plant Sale offers 134 beautiful and unusual native perennials, vines, shrubs and trees. Celebrating 35 years of native plant sales, the Museum connects people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation. The annual fall sale will take place onsite in the Virginia Living Museum Conservation Garden this September.

For more information, click here.

International Coastal Cleanup 2022

Litter from our community can make its way into the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean – but you can help make a difference! Join the Virginia Living Museum for International Coastal Cleanup Day as we remove litter from our grounds and Deer Park to prevent it from becoming marine debris. 

The Wild Side Café is not open at this time, but families are welcome to pack snacks. Small snacks and drinks are available in the Wild Things Museum Store. 

The event is recommended for ages 11+ due to the areas we will be collecting litter and the length of the event. Participants 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot accommodate strollers at this event due to the off-path areas we will be cleaning.

Sturdy, close-toed shoes are required (Crocs, sandals, and water shoes are not allowed). We recommend that participants wear long pants, a hat, sunglasses, and bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a reusable water bottle. We will provide gloves and trash bags.

This event is free for the public, but registration is required due to limited supplies.

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For more information about the program, click here.