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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

View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and...

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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I love the Virginia Living Museum. There are so many cool and exotic animals. They have petting sessions and even a little play area for younger kids.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hampton, Virginia
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Hampton, Virginia
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the Virginia Living Museum. There are so many cool and exotic animals. They have petting sessions and even a little play area for younger kids.

Thank elmolover81
Yorktown, Virginia
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98 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have been members for several years. We joined so that our young grand kids could experience some of the animals that live in Virginia. Kids can see and touch several kinds of wildlife. The exhibits that they bring in are very interesting. We bring the kids here once a week!

Thank ForkU
Seoul, South Korea
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43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is part zoo part aquarium part planetarium, and all fun for little kids! There's a large boardwalk outside with tons of animals including otters and beavers. Don't forget to go out there instead of just staying inside. We have a big family and realized the modest price of the annual pass would pay itself off for us in... More 

Thank Katherine G
Fort Myers, Florida
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45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to many zoos and sanctuaries but this museum has he best exhibits that I ever seen. each animal has such a natural habitat with big trees, shrubs and a stream in each exhibit. the animals seemed very happy, they were all out in the open and we were able to get great pics of all of them.... More 

Thank Kim G
Reading, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of 3 adults, it was nice to walk around outside and look at the animals. I'm sure children under 13 would love it or if they love nature and animals. But $17 is pricey, I know it's to take care of the animals but still.

Thank mandimayu
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Small but really nice. Loved seeing the animals well cared for and educational places like this thriving! Only thing that would have made it any better would be sharing it with my kids.

Thank Heather R
Norfolk, Virginia
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61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Virginia Living Museum is a lot of fun. Plan for at least 2 hours to see everything. Indoor exhibits feel pretty standard (though specific to Virginia, which is fun). Outdoor exhibits feel completely unique and make for a great afternoon outside. Some notes: -Really appreciated that these guys had an alligator (the zoo let me down on this). -You've got... More 

Thank Dana C
Yorktown, Virginia
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

I tried to visit living museum every year so many different animals and their habitats to see, Great for kids of all ages you're sure to enjoy even some animals are outside!

Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Indoor and outdoor displays lovely. Signage very informative. Layout very nice. Lots of activities for kids.

Thank Wendy S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Great place to go for anyone. Home schoolers would get a kick out of this place if you are heading to this area. We have been in the past a few years ago and went again during the frog exhibit. Great presentation! Hands on stations for children and so much to see.

Thank Vickie B

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