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How Life Survives Discovery CenterView endangered red wolves. Get up close to sharks and jellyfish. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live horseshoe crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It’s all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. The Museum introduces visitors to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits.

The Virginia Living Museum is a 501(c) 3 non-profit museum and education center whose mission is connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.


Daily 9am to 5pm
Outdoor areas close at 4:30pm



Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, January 1

General Admission Prices

Adults (age13+)
Children (ages 3-12)
(2 & under free)
Museum $20.00 $15.00
Museum & Planetarium $24.00 $19.00

Virginia Living Museum Members

Adults (age 13+)
Children (ages 3-12)
(2 & under free)
Planetarium FREE day-time shows FREE day-time shows

Specialty Tours

Year-round Tours
Price with Membership
Price without Membership
Behind the Scenes Tour, Every Animal Has a Story Tour, All About Otters Tour $12/member $14/Non-member Plus Museum Admission


Spring & Summer Tours
Price with Membership
Price without Membership
Native Garden Tour, Mastodon Sneak Peek Tour, Walk with the Keeper, Endangered Encounter, Turtle Talk & Tour $12/member $14/Non-member Plus Museum Admission
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Please note that tickets purchased online are not refundable.



FREE parking in our extensive parking lots adjacent to the museum. There is also ample parking for buses in our secondary parking lot (the first parking lot as you enter the museum grounds).


Year round: As a thank you to our military, the Virginia Living Museum offers $1.00 off daily admission or $15 off any level of general membership, discounts do not apply to guest add-ons. You must show a valid military i.d. Veterans/Retirees also qualify.

Military discount cannot be applied to online admission or membership purchases. Discount is only available at front desk with valid military i.d.

Other Discounts

  • Coupons for $1 off up to 4 Guests – See Newport News and Williamsburg Visitor Guides
  • AAA Members receive $1 off Museum admission.
  • Senior Citizens (Age 65 and older) receive $1 off Museum admission

AAA and senior citizen discounts cannot be applied to online admission purchases. Discount is only available at front desk.

Community Education Program

The Virginia Living Museum Community Education Program allows complimentary admission to the VLM for a one-day educational visit. Requesting organizations must be classified as a non-profit charitable organization and be located within a 60 mile radius of the Museum. Program requests will be considered for either Group Visitation or Individual Passes based on guidelines as funding is available. See guidelines and request procedures.