Schedule a museum visit to explore over 250 live animal and plant species, native to Virginia, in their natural settings. Your students can experience hands-on learning in our discovery centers and interactive galleries.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135 Monday-Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm, or complete the online request form.
Funded in part by Wason Realty.
Length of Visit
Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for a tour of the indoor exhibits and outdoor trails.
$10 per student (September – mid-June)
Classroom teachers and school staff are free. One chaperone is recommended for every 10 students and is admitted free. Additional chaperones are $18 each.
The exhibits in the Virginia Living Museum correlate with and reinforce Virginia’s Standards of Learning for Science. While taking a tour of the geographic regions of Virginia, students can observe:
- Live animals and plants in their natural habitats
- Plant and animal life cycles, food chains, and food webs
- Animal survival adaptations for finding food and shelter, rearing young, avoiding predators, defensive measures
- Animal migration, camouflage, and hibernation
- Endangered and threatened species
- Vertebrates and invertebrates
- The importance of conserving Virginia’s animal, plant and mineral resources
- Pond, forest, stream, Chesapeake Bay, cypress swamp, mountain cove, cave and more habitats
- Virginia’s prehistoric past: rocks, minerals, fossils
Self-Guided Exhibit Guides
The Virginia Living Museum has developed targeted guides to help students focus during their visit. Teachers will need to come prepared with copies for their students.
|Exhibit Guides||Answer Keys|
|Grades K-1||Grades K-1|
|Grades 2-3||Grades 2-3|
|Grades 4-5||Grades 4-5|
|Middle School||Middle School|
|High School||High School|