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Destination: Dinosaurs!

Immerse yourself in the prehistoric world at the Virginia Living Museum!

Discover life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and interactive displays, find relics of the past as you dig for fossils and learn about linkages to the present. Dinosaurs inside the Museum, in the Conservation Gardens and on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail in the woods create an expansive destination. From the towering T-Rex to the tanky Stegosaurus, you’ll encounter creatures that will take your breath away.

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Butterfly Haven

Butterfly Haven

Guests will experience the beauty of the seasonal BUTTERFLY HAVEN, a 14′ wide x 10′ tall x 14′ long 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





Food Truck: Nomads

Come check out the Nomads food truck, on site from 11am-3pm!


Nomads Website


Destination Dinosaurs Family Camp In 2023

Friday, September 1st- Saturday, September 2nd 


Bring the family for an unforgettable time at the Virginia Living Museum! Explore the museum after-hours and experience a night of dinosaurs, fossils, and live animals. Then, set up your sleeping bag next to your favorite exhibits. In the morning, you’ll get early access to the Destination Dinosaurs! exhibit and free admission to the museum all day 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 and must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

Registration ends on August 18 or when the event reaches capacity.

Register here!