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Custom Tours

We want your groups to enjoy everything the Virginia Living Museum has to offer. We can customize a tour just for you. We know how competitive the Group Tour business can be. Let us impress your guests with a one-of-a-kind experience.

After Hours Visits

custom-tours-2The Virginia Living Museum would like to invite your group to enjoy an evening amongst the animals and the stars. Whether you add a presentation about animal survival or a Pink Floyd laser show, your group will have a memorable evening.

Enjoy wandering at your own pace through the living exhibits, which go from the upland coves of the Appalachian Mountains to the salty offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. See spectacular views of the moon (weather and season permitting) from the observatory and travel the universe in the planetarium theater.

The main gallery building, the observatory and the planetarium theater can be open exclusively for your group for two hours between 6pm and 10pm any day of the week (although weekends are limited). These two-hour tours encompass the main exhibition galleries, but do not include the outdoor trail. Planetarium and/or laser shows can be included for an additional fee.

Group Behind-the-Scenes Tour

custom-tours-1Ever wonder what goes on “Behind-the-Scenes” at the Virginia Living Museum? This is your chance to find out!

Guided by a member of our knowledgeable curatorial staff… journey to areas of the museum where daily visitors are not allowed.

  • Animal support areas
  • Animal food prep facilities
  • Aquarium holding facility
  • Reptile support unit
  • Salt water mixing area
  • Climb to the catwalk above the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium… for a scene few have seen!

Join a small group of visitors for a truly unique experience as you learn about how the museum operates from the inside out! Take part in a fish feeding at one of our many habitats. Have your individual questions answered by the experts in a behind-the-scenes tour catered to your interests.

Rates: $14 per person in addition to Museum entry (minimum $150 per tour)
Preferred number in group: 1-10; Maximum 12 per group
Length of tour: 45 Minutes
Comfortable flat shoes are required.


For reservations or more information, please contact the Sales Director at 757-534-7402 or by email.

Advance deposit with signed contract is required for After Hours visits and Behind-the-Scenes tours. Cash, check or credit cards (VISA, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted. Cancellation without penalty is 30 days prior to visit.