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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 public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (54-6055922) 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


In order to provide the best guest experience, the museum now offers timed admission.

All guests and members (including ages 2 and under) are encouraged to secure a timed admission ticket in advance. Upon timed arrival, members and guests can enjoy the Museum and grounds at their own pace.

Members and guests who reserve a timed admission ticket in advance will be admitted at that time, non-ticketed members and guests will be accommodated as space is available in a timed admission slot. Daily admission remains free for members. Members reserving admission tickets must do so for all guests, those included on the membership and those not included (paid admissions.)

Changes to timed admission tickets may be made in advance (based on availability) by emailing

Ticket prices:

Members – FREE with valid membership

Adults (ages 13 and above) $19.95 – $23.95

Children (ages 12 and below) $16.95

Reserve Ticket Now!

Add a Planetarium Show:

Members – FREE with membership

Non-Members: $4 additional


Add a Planetarium Show to your Visit



Behind The Scenes Tours


Tour Type Description Price Ticket Link Notes
VIP Living Exhibits Our Senior Director of Living Exhibits will take you on a tour behind the scenes to learn how the animals are cared for. $30 per non-member, $25 per member VIP Living Exhibits Tour Tickets Duration is 1 hour.




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).

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.