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Virginia Living Museum

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
7575951900
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Ranked #2 of 22 attractions in Newport News
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Aquariums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live... more » Owner description: View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider 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. Experience a steamy cypress swamp and cool mountain cove. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. See flying squirrels, stingrays and other creatures of the night. Touch famous Bay creatures. Kids will especially enjoy the Touch Tank with its sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Enjoy hands-on activities. See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory and travel the universe in the state-of-the-art digital planetarium. Outdoors, stroll the boardwalk to view coastal birds, beavers, otters, coyotes, endangered red wolves and other animals in naturalized habitats. Butterfly Garden, Virginia Garden and landscape plantings display one of the most extensive displays of native plants in Virginia. Learn how to live, build and garden green in the Conservation Garden and Green Living House. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Syracuse
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The visitors were heavily weighted toward parents-with-strollers, but we visited with teenagers and had a very pleasant time. A great place for kids to see a coyote or fox or wolf in the woods, looking great, and not stuffed in a glass case. The fish and reptile exhibits are all interesting and well-maintained. I've never before been able to see... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I Have been to this museum before I never knew they had a garden and water falls area. They had a new exhibit with the dinosaurs this time that was nice. They have some aquariums with some very pretty fish, turtles But this time when I went out I took a garden path. I think at the desk should not... More

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Living Museum turned out to have many more exhibits than we expected! We ended up spending 5 hours there with a one-year old who didn't get bored the entire time. It was a hot day, so the outside exhibits were a bit much and after we made the loop on the boardwalk, we were definitely ready for some cold... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Wonderful and so mellow... The staff are incredibly knowledgable, ready to answer any and all questions about any of the animals of habitats. Great for adults with or without kids.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Loved being able to see the different animals native to Virginia. It was nice being able to see land animals as well as aquatic animals in one place. I suggest going early or on a cool day since you have an area outside to walk.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were very surprised with the quality and number of things to see at the Virginia Living Museum! From foxes to sea turtles, there is a vast variety of animals to watch here! I absolutely loved seeing the different sections they had for the different genres of animals found in Virginia! Really neat to go and spend a couple of... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

So much to see and do. Animal exhibits inside and out puts visitors up-close with red wolves, sea turtles and an alligator! Summer exhibit DINOS LIVE is very realistic. Hands-on areas are great for young ones where they role play being a vet and animal keeper! VERY fun! Membership is the BEST DEAL around.

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Very cool displays and interactive kids stuff. Fairly overpriced, but if you don't mind spending the money its got a lot to see and its a good way to kill an afternoon with a kid or with a friend. They have a walkthrough outdoor boardwalk that has some cool larger animals, some neat gardens and when I went I caught... More

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Greenwood, SC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great fun for young children and toddlers! Lots of interesting animals to see and things to do but not overwhelming. Lots of shade. Plan about 2 hours.

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Newport News, Virginia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I take my daughter here every weekend (weather permitting) and we love it more and more every time we go. The volunteers that work there are the friendliest and most helpful people, always offering information and stories about each animal with an air of fondness as though these animals were family. The animals all seem happy and healthy, and everything... More

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