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Timed Tickets at Virginia Living Museum Zoo Calendar

Updated June 1, 2021

MUSEUM IS OPEN!  Nature is calling!
Indoors and Outdoors:  No masks are required EXCEPT during a close contact situation, such as behind the scenes areas with animals.

Note regarding Scheduled Birthday Parties: Birthday Party hosts & guests are welcome to be mask-free in the Museum, on the outdoor trail & in their party room. However, we are requesting that all attendees over 5 years old wear a mask during the Animal Show portion, which is currently being held in the Lab. This is out of concern for our animals.

Great News! The Abbitt Planetarium is now open for PUBLIC SHOWS on select days at 1:30pm.  Plus, enjoy activities in the lobby prior to some shows included in your planetarium ticket! (See schedule HERE)

NOTE:  General Admission is required.  Planetarium ticket can be reserved as add on.

Cost: VLM members FREE (but must reserve seat), non-members $4


The Wild Things Museum Store is open daily from 9am-5pm. Light snacks are available. 

A few experiences remain closed

  • Wild & Well – role play area – VIEW new area about Bobcat! 
  • The Cafe is closed for renovation.

Are you limiting capacity?

Pre-covid capacity has been reinstated. Timed tickets are in place and encouraged here.

With a timed ticket will I have to wait to get in?

Timed tickets are in place and encouraged here.  If you do not reserve your timed ticket in advance you may be asked to wait until a timed ticket is made available.

Can I make purchases onsite with cash?

Yes, cash is accepted onsite at this time at front desk and/or museum store.

Is there food available? Can we bring our own food?

The Café is currently closed for renovations with the reopening date TBDLight snacks are available to purchase in the Wild Things Museum Store. You may however, bring your own food/drinks and utilize the picnic tables appropriately spaced on the grounds as mentioned.