Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Living Museum, Newport News: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Virginia Living Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Virginia Living Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Felicia E
16 contributions
Great place for kids
Jun 2021 • Family
Very clean and well kept. Great exhibits and friendly, knowledgeable staff. My kids loved the outside trails. Cool place, would recommend for anyone who enjoys animals.
Written June 29, 2021
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Frank C
Cape Coral, FL345 contributions
Great Dinosaur exhibit for Kids!
Jun 2021
Good 3 hours to occupy Kids. Don't know why the Cafe is still closed, stupid. No masks, thank goodness. Very clean and informative. Dinosaur GIANT exhibit and outside was great. Gift shop has good selection. Parking and access are easy.
Written June 22, 2021
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John L
Dublin, OH469 contributions
Educational Experience
Jun 2021
Great educational exhibits for learning about wildlife and eco systems in Virginia. The exhibits are well laid out showing the different areas of Virginia. Cafeteria is closed. There is a dinosaur exhibit with mechanical dinosaurs that emit grows. Younger children may be scared of this exhibit.

I would recommend purchasing tickets online usung the "Skip the Line". They sent you an e-mail with bar codes for your tickets which they just scan in a separate window. Not much of a line compared to the one where people are just purchasing tickets. Also to limit people they have you oickma time slot for arrival.
Written June 20, 2021
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countyfare
Leesville, SC102 contributions
Great fun for animal lovers
May 2021
Loved seeing so many animals in natural settings! Very enjoyable visit with lots to see. We spent about 3 hours and it was well worth it. Not at all crowded. Highly recommend.
Written May 25, 2021
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round2014
Cleveland, OH34 contributions
Walk & Learn!
Apr 2021
Self guided tour. About 1-1/2 - 3 hours depending on how long you savor each area. Get your steps in and learn at the same time!
Written April 30, 2021
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Katie S
Pittsburgh, PA34 contributions
Sea life
Oct 2020
My husband and I visited in late October 2020 during the week so it was pretty dead, which was nice as we could roam around freely without having to worry about social distancing in a crowd. I'm not sure the size in total of this place but there is a large out door portion and then the inside is pretty big as well. I was beat tired and ready for a seat when all was said and done.
The outside I think was my favorite. I love coyotes, wolves, etc. and many animal places up where we live in PA don't have any canines. All the outdoor exhibits I feel were well designed, so you could always see the animals. Everything had a very natural setting for the animals which was nice to see.
The inside had so many fish, so, so many fish! If you or anyone you know like fish, this is the place to go.
Written February 20, 2021
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smilemaker63
salisbury, Md97 contributions
Wonderful afternoon outing
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were so happy we selected to go to the Virginia Living Museum. It was part inside and part outside. There are lots of living animals, fish, turtles etc... that are local to the area. I learned a lot of tidbit information. This is a wonderful family adventure, though my husband and I enjoyed this without children😀 . It’s a quiet strolling afternoon enjoying the different areas. They have a rescue bird area That is fascinating. Two pelicans understood hand gestures from the trainer while she fed them... remarkable! They have a dinosaur area that is enjoyable and informative... they have a cave section, a nocturnal section etc... it’s very well done! Take a few hours and visit... you will be glad you did!
Written September 23, 2020
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cheryl h
Durham, NC56,661 contributions
We really enjoyed our time there
Dec 2019
I found this to be a very nice living museum which offers over 250 species of animals, reptiles, birds, fish,and more that's found in Virginia. The glass on the aquariums was clean of nose and finger prints which made for good photo taking.

Along with the animals inside they have an outside boardwalk and during the walk you will see different animals that have been rescued and for one reason or the other are not able to be released back into the wild. Since the boardwalk is raised you are looking down on the animals and some were hard to find. It also takes you around a lake.

Also outside they have a dinosaur trail that will be fun for kids of all ages. That trail also has fossil huts loaded with fossils and bones which I found very interesting. They also have excavation areas so the kids can dig for fossils and bones.
Written July 24, 2020
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Katty W
Houston, TX124 contributions
Great Museum!!!
Jul 2020
So.... Wednesday (7/15) my husband and I set out to go to museums.... (or that was what we thought). We try several different museums with no luck. And then my husband found the Virginia Living Museum! WHAT A FIND!!!

Great for children of all ages (1-100)! Great information and live exhibits. I really enjoyed the outside portion through the "swamp/marsh" area. Part museum, aquarium and nature walk. LOVE IT
Written July 21, 2020
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Trudie W
8 contributions
Great Museum!
Oct 2019
The Virginia Living Museum is a gem in Newport News, Va. Tons to see inside and out with very well-maintained exhibits with informative signage. Volunteers are available to answer questions and there is a wonderful gift shop and a little restaurant that is surprisingly good! Great for children under the age of about 15 and all ages of adults.
Written July 8, 2020
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