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Address: 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999
Phone Number: 17575951900
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Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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Fun day on the trails and seeing the exhibits

A great day seeing the exhibits and looking at the different fish. The weather was perfect to enjoy the outdoor exhibits seeing the bobcat, turkeys, Eagles, etc. The fish exhibits... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great day seeing the exhibits and looking at the different fish. The weather was perfect to enjoy the outdoor exhibits seeing the bobcat, turkeys, Eagles, etc. The fish exhibits are really nice and all the tanks are really kept up very nice. Great place to bring young kids. So much to see and learn. The volunteers are very friendly... More 

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Thank Cindy W
Newport News, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love visiting this place. It is perfect for kids of all ages and adults will love it to. Very good summer activity and all year around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our 5 year old daughter loved it. We visited Williamsburg for a week and this was her favorite place. They have a nice layout of inside and outside exhibits. They have an amazing little area for children to be animal keepers and animal vets.

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Thank minandjam
Virginia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took my girls there when they were young; now they are taking their children. Both groups love it. While it has expanded it still has an intimate feeling. The outdoor exhibits allow children to see multiple species of animals, while the indoor exhibits allow for education and imaginative play. The changing exhibits, currently dinosaurs, ensure that each visit is... More 

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Thank Opryfan_9
Newport News, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love the Virginia Living Museum. While life has been busy, and I haven't been able to get there lately, be assured that it is really worth a visit! There are indoor and outdoor habitats and a wonderful variety of animals to see. They do a great job of engaging all visitors, both young and old. My husband and I... More 

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Thank Michele M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small but wonderful educational and fun spot for kids and adults alike. They are constantly changing their exhibits but bringing back the favorites (e.g. frogs, dinosaurs). Staff is friendly, informative, and exhibits are interactive (including petting pond). Highly recommend this, esp. for the younger crowd.

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Thank J4030FZlaurar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have a membership and got to the VLM at least once a month. We love the trails and the special activities they have every so often! There is always something to do and it never gets old, definitely worth the price for the membership!

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Thank Courtney W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I go here with friends that have young children. They love the aquariums and looking at the fish. They have a outdoor path that the kids can run free on. They have an indoor play area with kitchens and plastic foods. They can pretend to be a veterinarian.

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Thank CNJ3
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent our last day of vacation here and it was pretty interesting. We stayed in Williamsburg but it was only a half hour drive. If you love animals you will love this. The kids enjoyed touching the starfish and horseshoe crabs and of course seeing the moving dinosaurs! The volunteers were very informative and helpful. I would definitely visit... More 

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Thank Linda I
Newport News, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to take children. Even adults. There is a well thought out sanctuary of Chesapeake marine wildlife that is great.

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