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Virginia Living Museum

Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Phone Number: 7575951900
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Newport News
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no...
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Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Newport News, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Virginia Living Museum is a fantastic place to spend the day. Usually we spend a trip to the area in Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Jamestown, etc. We took our two young children to the Virginia Living Museum on the last trip and our only regret is that we hadn't visited earlier. The museum itself is beautiful - the architecture,... More 

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The inside had so many great things to see. Fish in aquariums, different areas all designed so great. And outside the birds, the aviary, the animals. Such a very cool place. Would highly recommend it. I loved it.

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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303 reviews 303 reviews
64 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

There are numerous animals both inside and outside. There's a 35 minute planetarium show that talks about the mystery of the Christmas Star. There is a small admission fee.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a very nice local museum. You can do kids birthdays, readings, see them feed animals and more. This is small but better than the Norfolk zoo. Staff seems more knowelgable

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Yorktown, Virginia
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I've been going to the Virginia Living Museum since my kids were small, ten years ago, and it's still a fabulous place. I love seeing all the animals in their natural habitats, and it's fun to interact with some of the sea life indoors. The volunteers are always happy and ready to help, and the gift store is just too... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great place to take the kids to learn about the earth sciences! They always have a great traveling exhibit as well. Be sure to check out the Abbitt Planetarium

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Arlington, Virginia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
62 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Really nice museum and outdoor exhibit. The indoor exhibits are excellent and just like walking through the Blue Ridge or coastal plain. The fish in the exhibit are the big cool things to see. You can look through the glass underwater and see some pretty big fish in there. Who knew that alligators now also live in Virginia. The outdoor... More 

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Houston
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is a good place for children, though we didn't come with any, but it was a rainy day and a good day to do something indoors. However, we saw some very interesting animals outside. The bald eagles may have been the most impressive. Also red wolves, fox, bobcat, and a good exhibit of birds. We also got a "behind... More 

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Farmington ny
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is such an interesting place! Loved the inside and outside animals. What a beautiful place to visit! Everyone was very nice and helpful!

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