Newport News, VA (February 15, 2021) – Just as the coldest weather of the winter hits Hampton Roads, the Virginia Living Museum delves into their collections to create the Museum-curated temporary exhibit, Exploration Ice Age: Unearthing Extinctions. The temporary exhibit opened Saturday, February 13 and remains open through April 11, 2021. The exhibit is made possible thanks to sponsors W. M. Jordan Company and TowneBank.
The Virginia Living Museum’s newest exhibit showcases mammoths, saber-tooth cats, mastodons, and other animals of the last Ice Age. The Quaternary Period includes the loss of the megafauna found in North America at the end of the Pleistocene Epoch. The exhibit includes fossils and biofacts from the Virginia Living Museum collections, and some on loan from the Virginia Zoo.
It is predicted around one million animal and plant species are currently threatened with extinction. The exhibit explores and unearths extinctions to consider the biodiversity and future of our planet. Extinctions are not just historical events, they are also happening right now. Connecting ancient species to their relatives, some of which live in habitats on the Museum’s three-quarters of a mile long outdoor trail, the exhibit brings history to life. To protect Earth’s biodiversity in the present day, we can look to the amazing animals of the past to help us progress into the future.
An interactive fossil discovery quest includes a digital breakout room via QR code. With a quick scan on a mobile device, guests select a fossil on display and attempt to travel back in time to the last Ice Age and solve clues to discover its identity.
All COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced. Masks and one-way social distancing will be required throughout the gallery in addition to the rest of the museum, both indoors and outdoors. Exploration Ice Age: Unearthing Extinctions is included in Museum admission.
The Museum is open daily from 9am – 5pm and is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I-64, exit 258A. For more information visit thevlm.org or call 757-595-1900. You can also find the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.