Coronavirus COVID-19 Update:
The Museum will be closed through June 10. Opening June 11, 2020.
Where the Museum doors may be closed, we are vitually open and offering NATURAL EDUCATION Virtual Learning all day long, with new content daily on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok and on our many expert blogs! The next best thing to visiting!
As a non-profit Virginia Living Museum’s closure has a significant financial impact on the Museum and most critically – funds needed to provide essential daily care and food for our 250 living animal species. Our amazing Animal Welfare & Conservation staff continue to deliver the highest level of care to our Animal Ambassadors, providing diets and medical care daily. We may be closed- but our needs remain the same.Donate NOW to our Emergency Animal Support Fund
Below you will learn the proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests, staff and animals in the midst of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The Virginia Living Museum is committed to putting the wellness of people and animals first.
Your Museum leadership is monitoring the Coronavirus COVID-19 respiratory virus pandemic. We are proactive in our preparedness and invested in limiting the spread of any disease. The safety of our staff, volunteers, guests, and animals is our highest priority.
We are following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Zoos &Aquariums (AZA). A series of precautionary and preventative measures are in place as the Museum stays closed through March 31, 2020:
- The Admissions Desk is supplied with antibacterial hand sanitizer in addition to the existing hand washing & sanitizing stations located around the entire museum.
- “High touch” area surface cleanings have increased. This includes Discovery Centers, handrails, knobs, conference and gathering rooms, tables, chairs and other frequently touched surfaces.
- We encourage all staff, volunteers and community members to follow best practices to protect yourself and your community against disease/respiratory virus and potential transmission. CDC Steps to Prevent Illness
- Remain vigilant: stay up to date on vaccinations, avoid contact with sick people, check your temperature, and stay home when you are sick. We encourage reasonable “social distancing” – avoid shaking hands or hugging, use elbow “bumps” – continue lots of smiles!
- Museum staff and volunteers who have traveled to areas affected by COVID-19 or have been in direct contact with a person infected are asked to stay home for up to 14 days.
Care of our Animals
At this moment we do not have any indication that this virus is of concern to our animals. AZA partners in Hong Kong and South Korea are not reporting any animal health issues and there is no evidence that the animals in our professional care are at risk of contracting COVID-19 from people. Your Museum is taking these measures:
- Our animal health expert on staff, Dr. Kelsey Hayden is always in touch with international and national animal care and veterinary networks, as well as the Virginia Office of Veterinary Services, to track any risks and recommendations associated with animals in human care.
- We have reviewed our surplus of essential food and medical supplies for our animals, prepared contingencies, and proactively monitor our supply.
- Museum leadership is actively monitoring COVID-19 active regions through AZA counterparts. We have the ability to coordinate with the Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness, Response and Recovery (ZAHP) Fusion Center.
We hope this information helps you feel more informed as you make personal decisions for yourself and your family. We thank you for your continued support of our mission to connect people to nature through education and conservation.