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Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Phone Number: 17575951900
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 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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Virginia Living Museum

The Virginia Living Museum is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year, Although they experienced a recent price hike it has to be expected as this is the first in quite a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Arthur W
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Hampton, Virginia
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Hampton, Virginia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Virginia Living Museum is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year, Although they experienced a recent price hike it has to be expected as this is the first in quite a while. I often visit this museum and find the staff and volunteers courteous and helpful. This institution combines the aspects of a natural history museum, zoo and aquarium rolled... More 

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Thank Arthur W
Axton, Virginia
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40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was very nice for the money. One of the better things we did here while visiting. We got there in the morning before it got too hot and crowded. It was lots of animals native to Virginia. Very nice and clean facility!

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Thank deejoyce
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! What a surprise in downtown Newport News. About a four hour adventure minus the plantaterium which is an extra charge. Check for reciprocating museums local or not, our admission was free because of another membership. A 2, 6, and 9 year olds were engaged and weren't ready to go home. The adults were ready and won that battle. Plenty... More 

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Thank 866wilbertk
Newport News
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to visit. They have aquariums, all kinds of animals, touch tanks and different habitats. There's also a gift shop and cafe. Outdoors is a walking trail where you can see birds, otters, beavers, deer, foxes etc. The volunteers and staff are very nice and make it an enjoyable experience.

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Thank 6wvrs
Bridgeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is great for kids. Lots of interesting hands on stuff. Keeps the interest of kids! Well worth the visit.

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Thank HockeyMom913
Virginia
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81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the VLM on Independence Day. As usual the granddaughters were delighted with the exhibits, The dinosaur dioramas were lifelike and educational. The Planetarium show about the Virginia nighttime sky was interesting. The live touch session allowed the children (and adults) to touch the descendants and neighbors of the dinosaurs still living with us today . today including cockroaches... More 

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Chantilly, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great find! Great access to nature and freedom to run a little. Our kids were 6yrs, 3.5 and under a year old and there was something for everyone. Nice that you can go outside on the boardwalk and enjoy some shade and see animals, but come indoors if the weather is hot or rainy and still have... More 

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Thank BGlenn43
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were really impressed by the robot controlled Dinosaurs and the walking trails outside. Kids had a blast.

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Thank Adam S
Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our three g'kids, ages 6,5,4 visited the VLM recently . The kids (and we) LOVED it! Especially the pivoting dinosaurs who they thought were real! Highly recommended to all visiting Newport News area or current residents.

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Thank William F
West Union, South Carolina
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is great for all ages. We went as a family ages ranging from 3 to 75. The outdoor trail was so peaceful and beautiful. Even thought the weather was cloudy and it was sprinkling every now and then. The hands on attractions were great.

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