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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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A funny place for whole family.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

If you have a little one that loves animals this is the place. It can be seen in 1/2 day and has lots of hand on activities.

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Carrollton, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

a peninsula institution...........get the family pass for the year.........your best bargain........always good to spend an hour or two with the little ones.....

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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58 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

What a great way to see and experience what Virginia has to offer for wildlife in one place! It was a perfect place for my 7 year old son to learn about nature and native animals.

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Yorktown, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

I have been taking my kids here since they were in strollers, and we still come occasionally when we have out of town guests. There is so much to see inside and out and there is often a special display. My favorite part is the nocturnal animals with owls and flying squirrels. And I could watch the otters all day!

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Newport News, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Really nice museum, though I wish you got a little more for your money. I love animals, and they have a great variety of native creatures.

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