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Virginia Living Museum receives Rotary grant for Dinosaur Trail

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Virginia Living Museum has received a $6,000 grant from Rotary District 7600 for a permanent Dinosaur Discovery Trail.

The grant was obtained for the museum by the Warwick and City Center Rotary clubs. The Warwick club is one of the museum’s founding organizations.

“Warwick Rotary founded the museum and throughout our 50 years the club has been involved in supporting, volunteering and advocating for us. We are grateful for their support and the participation of other Rotary clubs and Rotarians for the Dinosaur Discovery Trail exhibit and our educational mission,” said Virginia Living Museum Executive Director Page Hayhurst.

The Dinosaur Discover Trail is a permanent exhibit that will showcase 16 of the majestic animals that ruled our earth for more than 150 million years. Visitors will walk through the woods to see realistic one-third to full-size dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras. The dinosaurs will range in size from a mini Ankylosaurus to a 16-foot-tall Brachiosaurus. There will be a baby T-rex photo op and a half-size T-rex. The trail will also include a Paleo camp and dig pits for amateur paleontologists, including one with an actual whale specimen from Hampton Roads.

The $500,000 project is part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration and is scheduled to open on Oct. 15, 2016.

The non-profit museum and education center is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. For more information call 757-595-1900 or visit


L to R: Kevin Lyles, City Center Rotary President; Page Hayhurst, Virginia Living Museum Executive Director; Bill Pollard, past District Governor and former District Rotary Foundation Chair; Alan Witt, Warwick Rotary President


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