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Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Phone Number: 7575951900
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Description: View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon...
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.
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Perfect indoor spot on a cold day

We enjoyed a morning at the Virginia Living Museum with our 6, 4, & almost 2 year old. The turtles, fish, touch tank, frogs, and other reptiles & amphibians were enough to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Hudson Falls
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a morning at the Virginia Living Museum with our 6, 4, & almost 2 year old. The turtles, fish, touch tank, frogs, and other reptiles & amphibians were enough to entertain our family for 2 hours indoors. The child's veterinary play area was a huge hit as well! We decided to avoid the outside animals, due to the... More 

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YORKTOWN
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The VLM is a must visit. I enjoy walking the boardwalk photographing the animals. The water fowl are beautiful! It's a great way to spend an hour or two outside. Should the weather be cold or rainy, you can spend several hours inside. There exhibits are awesome with fish, owls, alligators and more. A touch take is a favorite place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We happened to go when it was raining, so the outside exhibits weren't something we stopped to look at, but we did brisk by just so we didn't miss anything. There were lots of cool exhibits and a very neat gift shop with unique gifts. It is a lot of fun!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I really enjoyed the exhibits, because most of the animals were very active and fun to watch. There are multiple displays, and you can tell a lot of thought was put into how to make them realistic. The cave animals exhibit looks like you're in a cave, and the animals of the night exhibit has a very eerie glow to... More 

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Toano, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I have visited the Virginia Living Museum over the years with family visits and school field trips and have never been disappointed. A fun place to visit, especially if you have children, but adults, like in our family, enjoy it just as much. We love the native species of Virginia and are able to be a little more up close... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I accompanied a 4th grade class on two visits and truly enjoyed it. The kids loved it, too. The nature walk was the highlight of the visit.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Even if you are coming from out of town and only plan to go once, the season pass is a great deal because it give you free admission to 50 or so museums around the country. You are likely to find you have just got a year of free admission to a pricey museum back home. I'm local and always... More 

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Newport News
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Most of the wildlife that is housed here were injured and rehabilitated but cannot be released back into the wild. Great experience for the young and old alike. The displays are very well done and this is one of the best attractions in the Hampton Roads area.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The VLM is so much more than a museum... it's all LIVING. It's a zoo, an aquarium, a planetarium, a picnic spot, and a great day's experience for the entire family. We took our daughter and her family, children aged 2 and 5 and they loved it!

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

My kids like this place. There is a small section for them to touch horseshoe crabs and some other small water animals. There is a cute little play area with a hobbit house and lots of trail where you can see various animals. There isn't a huge selection of outdoor animals to see. The indoor aquarium environments are pretty nice,... More 

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