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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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Enjoyable little museum

This is a great place to visit, no matter your age! A little pricey, IMO, but if one takes the time to see, study and enjoy everything the place has to offer, it can be well worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Smithfield, Virginia
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Smithfield, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to visit, no matter your age! A little pricey, IMO, but if one takes the time to see, study and enjoy everything the place has to offer, it can be well worth the money. It is not a super large museum, yet one can easily spend several hours leisurely looking at and enjoying the aquariums,... More 

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Layton, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We visited along with ours son and family who have a season pass. It is well set up with lots of exhibits. Not their fault, but we saw very few animals in the fenced areas dedicated to them.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We arrived at 1pm. They closed at 5pm. (Full price, in case you're wondering.) I took my 10 & 12 yr old. Afternoon on a school week was excellent timing because all the school field trip groups (bus loads of kids) were leaving. (I hadn't thought of that issue but so glad we got there later than I planned!) We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have visited this museum at least once a year for the past 15 years. My niece and her friends (grade school age) loved it...seeing the otters and the birds were always a favorite with them and of course the "what is it" boxes with mystery animal parts inside. And my Dad, brother and sister-in-law would love the walk ouside... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It is a great way to spend the day with the kids. You can walk around and visit the animals, then head inside to visit all the exhibitions. They are some areas where you can touch animals. Make sure you visit the planetarium very nice and interesting.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Living Museum is ideal for families with young children. It also offers a planetarium and has a number of field trips for families. My son went to a camp once summer--excellent.

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New Canton, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

All different types of animals, long walk around entire park, planetarium, cafe, plenty of activities for children inside, and even has a playground. Can't wait to go again.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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18 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We are members and enjoy taking our grandkids to see the animals and interact with the staff. It is a nice place for young kids to learn about the area and our wild life.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
52 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It will take you several hours if you want to see everything here. There is a nice indoor "museum" with lots of aquarium exhibits and other exhibits as well. There's also a great interactive area for kids where they can pretend to be a doctor, scientist or such. My 6-year old granddaughter loved it. Sometimes there are special exhibits as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great interactive exhibits for kids. Nice viewing of outside animals. We really enjoyed our visit and will come back.

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