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Virginia Living Museum

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
7575951900
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions in Newport News
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Aquariums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Fairfax, VA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This museum has so much to see that you can't do it all in one day. There are live animals in fairly natural outdoor pens (including endangered Red Wolves), aquariums, a cute animal play "hospital" for younger kids, native plant gardens, a planetarium and fantastic, friendly staff. Plus field trips with their fantastic, friendly staff. I'll be back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I fussed about the cost so much that a family member paid my admission. Once inside they do have lots of fish, and a nice jellyfish display. At every stage along throughout the museum there was something for little kids to touch or buttons to push. All of our kids crawled into the hollow log and the huge turtle shell.... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We went on a very rainy day and really enjoyed the indoors as well as the outdoors. Great place for kids and adults! Lots of staff to help educate you and answer all your questions.

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Frederick, MD
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We went there on a rainy day, and found that since the outside areas are all on a boardwalk, so even in light rain they are accessible. Much of the wild life are apparently animals that were injured and can not be returned to the wild; for example they have bald eagles with injured wings. Indoors there is much to... More

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Educational, entertaining and hands on displays make this an awesome find. Many live animals/fish/reptiles inside and out that celebrate Virginia's diverse habitat The outdoor area was much larger than I anticipated. My kids loved the fish and the animal hospital/caretaker hands-on display with plush animals, stethoscopes and play foods. Bring your own lunch and picnic outside as food is pricey.... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We live near by and have good several times. Their exhibits are very interesting and educational. My youngest always enjoys a visit.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We really enjoyed the interactive displays and the beautiful scenery. Loved the fish aquariums, otters.

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My grand daughter and I went. It was fascinating, fun and informative. My grand daughter had a great time and learned a lot. We will go back again

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Babylon, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

I think anyone under 12 will enjoy this. You need only about two hours to see all the exhibits unless you do a movie. It was worth our time and if you use your AAA card its $51.00 for a family if four.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We have enjoyed watching the Virginia Living Museum evolve over the years. One can learn an enormous amount about the ecology of Virginia. A highlight is the display series that take you from the mountains to the ocean, following the changes in flora and fauna as you go. The outdoor walk is really nice. This is the only museum where... More

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