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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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Great place for the little ones

We were saving our visit to the Virginia Living Museum on a rainy day but since we didn't get any rain that was expected we decided to go anyway. We were not disappointed. If... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Plano
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were saving our visit to the Virginia Living Museum on a rainy day but since we didn't get any rain that was expected we decided to go anyway. We were not disappointed. If you have small children, this is the place to take them. Lots of hands on activities for them to do.

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Freehold, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The museum goes through all the aspect of Virginia nature, be it the animals, marine life, plants, rocks , soil etc. if it is VA. they show and explain it . For young kids this was a great choice. The VLM is a reciprocal museum so our membership to a local museum got us in for free, always a welcome... More 

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We weren't sure what to expect, but very glad we went. The outdoor interactive activities were great, our 4yr old enjoyed the hands on exhibits and presentations, and we all had a blast. We'll be back!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Tons to do here. Both indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. The kids LOVED it and you can spend a good chunk of the day exploring the place.

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

What a gem of a museum! This was the venue for my niece's wedding reception and the space was beautiful, exhibits well planned and displayed and the staff was delightful and very knowledgeable. We will be back to see it when we have more of a focus on the museum rather than a wedding.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great little museum. Admission fees are a bit high in my opinion, but a year membership is worthwhile.

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Newport News, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We remained members while the kids were young. And now it's the grandkids' turn. Although the exhibits stay much the same, there is always something new to learn. Kids seldom get a chance to touch live horseshoe crabs and sea stars around here unless they visit the VLM. My kids always loved watching the bees, the birds, and the bats!... More 

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Chestertown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My girlfriend and I were in the area for a trip to Busch Gardens, but when we found out that the first day of our vacation would be a little rainy, we looked for activities to do that were indoors. We quickly found the Virginia Living Museum, a mix of an aquarium, zoo, and museum. The exhibits were amazing, and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Took our six year old granddaughter & she loved the Frog exhibition. But she said her real favorite was the alligator. Perfect place for kids, lots to see & do!

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This was our second visit to the Living Museum, our first was three years ago. The displays are pretty much the same, the rotating display area currently houses a frog exhibit that was pretty good. Some information about each frog and a moderate sized, realistically decorated tank for each type. The staff were friendly and helpful. We got stuck with... More 

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