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Virginia Living Museum

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Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Phone Number: 7575951900
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Nature's gem in Newport News

This hands-on museum has something for all ages and attention levels. The museum ensures that all exhibits pertain to the state of Virginia, from prehistoric times to present... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Newport News
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This hands-on museum has something for all ages and attention levels. The museum ensures that all exhibits pertain to the state of Virginia, from prehistoric times to present. Kids can pet a starfish in a small tank. Adults can photographic the wildlife outside on the walking trail. There is even a seasonal butterfly exhibit. You can take a break in... More 

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Waldorf, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Decided to stop here on our way to visit friends in Norfolk. For the price, it was pretty cool. Lots of animals to look and and a ton of facts to learn. The staff was very friendly.

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Cattaraugus, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My family spent time exploring the museum. It was wonderful. It was a big place with many different kinds of fish and sea life. Sharks, turtles, jellyfish, and sea horses inside and snakes, alligators, otters, bobcats, wolves, eagles, herons outside. ....just so much to see. Plus loads of interaction and learning experiences for the kids. You can get something in... More 

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My wife and I went with our three childern during the week to see this museum.The staff was very helpful and friendly. The cost is a little higher but they maintain the park so well. And the care and attention to detail is worth it. It's a nice learning tool for the kids to connect with nature in an easy... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Kids loved it , perfect for rainy day fun. We had a great time exploring and learning about different facts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Great little museum with close up access to native animals. Don't miss the waterfall and meadow garden, so cute. Nice trail through the woods as well as indoor exhibits. Pretend animal hospital play area for little kids is adorable.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I used to go here as a kid and I still enjoyed my visit! Staff is friendly and probably mostly volunteering. The wolves howled and played for us. Butterflies were tagged and released, with a kid from the crown helping.

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Hampton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Always a favorite place of mine to visit. You see all the animals!! Great place to walk!! You learn about the animals!! Go learn about the stars as well!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We took our grandchildren for the day and they loved it. The frog expedition was fascinating with all types from around the world. They saw so many animals outside and watched an astronaut show at the Abbitt Planetarium. They played games and shopped in the gift store.They also have a restaurant. We will definitely do this again, since we opted... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Very nice collection of animals and exhibits. Great place to walk and enjoy nature while outside, it's shaded and can be enjoyed in any season. Great place to visit.

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Additional Information about Virginia Living Museum

Address: Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Phone Number: 7575951900
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Newport News
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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