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Address: 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999
Phone Number: 17575951900
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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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Great Little Zoo/Aquarium

This is a wonderful little place. The animals outside are viewed from a nice, raised wooden walkway that provides a good view of them. My two year old especially liked the otters... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Celeste S
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Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful little place. The animals outside are viewed from a nice, raised wooden walkway that provides a good view of them. My two year old especially liked the otters, which have both an underwater viewing area and an above water viewing platform. He also really liked the wolves. We encountered an employee who was walking around with... More 

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Quinwood, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While visiting my Grandsons, we decided to take the kids for a visit here. All 3 of them just loved it, so many things to see and interact with. The staff was very helpful and they really liked being able to touch the star fish and other things during the demonstration. Lots of walking, but worth it to see the... More 

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Thank Janet C
Cobleskill, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Of our visit to the Williamsburg area, I thought this was the best all-around activity for everyone to enjoy. The museum does a great job of keeping up all the animals and the layout is such that it's tough to miss any of it. We were surprised by the number of people who have or had been long-time volunteers of... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My company held a Christmas Party at the museum in 2014. The venue was amazing, and provided a great backdrop to a wonderful event.

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Thank dnewman1156
Yardville, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are still checking out places in the Norfolk/Newport News area as we have only been in the area less than a year. This was a great find and we joined so we can return again and again. Nice indoor area- two floors with great exhibits on nature of the area, please touch tank, a "green house" cypress swamp and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Living Museum is a wonderful combination of exhibits and hands of activities. First, we have to say hello to the sea turtle, then the alligator. After she plays for a while in the Food Prep and Vet Clinic area, we go for a walk on the boardwalk to see all the animals and visit the 'Hobbit House.' We always... More 

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Thank Terry M
Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The VLM is a treat for both kids and adults, always something new to experience! The next one will be a new Dino Trail thru the woods. It will let visitors experience the thrill of seeing dinosaurs (some life size, some scaled down) in a "wild" habitat. Spotting an 8' tall lizard with gleaming yellow eyes peering at you from... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had so much fun with my kids and their children. The facility has lots to entertain out 4 and 2 year olds. The biggest hit was the Vet area where my granddaughter (4) played until we had to drag her out. I suggest going early before the crowds build up.

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Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on Labor Day, nice crowd. The VLM has a variety of live animals, fish, reptiles beautifully presented, with lots of hands-on opportunities for kids of all ages. I especially liked the outdoor trail, very well maintained elevated walkways, chance to get pretty close to the animals. Very fine stuff inside, lots of amazing fish too.

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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, the Virginia Living Museum is part zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, planetarium and science center. Native Virginia flora and fauna and hands on exhibits engage visitors of all ages. An animatronic dinosaur collection was on display during our visit and a new Dinosaur Trail with 16 lifelike dinosaurs, a paleontologist camp and dig pit will open in... More 

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