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Virginia Living Museum

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
7575951900
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Ranked #2 of 19 attractions in Newport News
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
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Newport News, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

We last saw "Bodies Revealed", and being a nurse, to see it with a doctor friend, we saw parts of the body WE'VE never seen before!!! Have also been just to visit the animals. A must see for a fun and educational family experience!!!

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Living Museum is a great place to spend a day. There is an aquatic touch tank, a walking trail with a number of animals, an otter tank, a planetarium, and a lot of great indoor exhibits including fish tanks and special exhibits. This is a wonderful (and inexpensive) way to spend an enjoyable day and is appropriate for all... More

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went to VIM as a school group. The kids loved discovering all of the animals. The only con was our skeleton class with Lenora. She set an awful tone with students. She knew her subject, but was rude and mean to all participants. If you are booking a class, just a warning, ask for someone else. My students would... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Virginia Living Museum was our first stop as we came into Newport News, and it was awesome! My two girls, ages 9 and 5, loved museum and so did I. There is a lot to see; we started outside first watched the birds being fed in the netted aviary. Then we followed the path and saw bald eagles, vultures,... More

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Deephaven
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is nature center/zoo. We got in free since we have a membership to our science museum out of state. This is why we decided to come visit since we were visiting Williamsburg for the week and wanted a break from colonial history. Our kids LOVED it. The animals are really fun to watch. We especially liked the foxes and... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I maintain a three year membership and go frequently to this museum. There is a boardwalk trail that has Virginia animals in zoo-like enclosures. An aviary is part of the boardwalk. Inside the museum smaller animals of Virginia can be seen, including nocturnal animals, cave creatures, and aquatic life. There are changing exhibits too. A well-stocked gift shop and a... More

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Trinity, North Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This museum is very well planned out. The walking plan is very easy to navigate which makes it easy to watch your child and enjoy the exhibits. We loved the interactive areas and were impressed with how nice and helpful the staff were. There are many benches all along the exhibits so it is ideal for those folks who need... More

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Derby, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stumbled onto this museum while killing time before meeting family in the area and I have to say it was a hidden gem. The exhibits inside are mediocre, however, the trail to the outdoor animal exhibits really made our day. It was a nice boardwalk type trail you can casually stroll and observe many different animal species.

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Luray, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Been here many times. Great place to take pics of zoo animals in a natural environment. Well worth the trip. Take extra batteries you will take lots of photos.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

If you are in for some education and would like to take the family to an interesting event. Take the family to the Virginia Living Museum, it is very educational and will help the family to have a better understanding on past events.

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