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“Interesting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
7575951900
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

If you are in for some education and would like to take the family to an interesting event. Take the family to the Virginia Living Museum, it is very educational and will help the family to have a better understanding on past events.

Visited January 2014
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“Great place for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Although we visited without little ones, we saw plenty of children enjoying the displays. There are many interactive displays and exhibits at both adult and child viewing levels. The outside are was our favorite. The walk-paths gave excellent viewing advantage to watch the beavers, otters, fox, and coyotes. There was also a staff member walking around with a great horn owl that is not on display as there are also several rehabilitation project animals not put out form display. All of the staff was informative and friendly. The fee is $17 for adults, but if you get a membership, a few visits will put you well ahead, as well as get you discounts to the planetarium and laser shows. We used our Newport News resident ambassador pass for a free visit, so if you are local there is no reason no to go!

Visited January 2014
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Orcutt, California
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“Something for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Very enjoyable, interactive, fun and learning experience. Little ones can explore & enjoy, so can grandparents! Nice aviary and outdoor habitats as well as so much to see & do inside.
There's a planetarium, animal exhibits, restaurant & nice gift shop.

Visited December 2013
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northeast pennsylvania
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“kids, turkeys and seniors (and a mom and dad)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We all enjoyed spending about 5 hours at the museum on 11/27. The children, 8 and 12, helped to select the turkey that would be spared a roasting pan on Thanksgiving and reported that they would eat hamburgers this year.
The biomes depicted helped my older grandson to gain first hand experience in a study of this subject. I believe that he could truly understand adaptability, climate, etc. upon seeing living examples. The eight year old loved the large turtle and dinosaur, but especially enjoyed seeing the animals rescued from harm.
We also went to the holiday laser show and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the familiar Christmas carols.
My entire family give this museum a high rating: staff courtesy, exhibits, outdoor and indoor displays, animals and activities were all first class.

Visited November 2013
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Newport News, Virginia
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“Good Learning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a great place for children to see and experience animals they don't usually see. The staff is very helpful and respectful

Visited April 2013
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