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Virginia Living Museum

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Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
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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The VA Living Museum was both fun and educational. It had indoor and outdoor activities. They have timed exhibits and self guided exhibits. So you can tailor your visit to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Hampton, Virginia
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Hampton, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The VA Living Museum was both fun and educational. It had indoor and outdoor activities. They have timed exhibits and self guided exhibits. So you can tailor your visit to the things you are most interested in. They also have interactive exhibits that also you to touch some animals. My 9 year old really enjoyed herself!

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Thank ed t
Newport News, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love going to this museum. Is very family oriented. Kids and adults of all ages would enjoy going and being there. The staff are very knowledgeable about the animals. They also do birthday parties for kids and do school groups. If you have kids you should really go and see.

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Thank Alexandria M
Newport News, Virginia
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49 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting place to visit. I did not know there were animals there and that made me a little sad to see them behind the glass. We did learn a lot about Virginia's native landscapes and animals. We had a lot of fun at the gift shop

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Thank Peachy1G
poquoson, va
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the moment we walked through the entrance we were glad we made the decision to go. We took our 2 year old grandson so full of energy. They had a giant bug exhibit, dinasaurs , a vet play area with a kids play kitchen area , fish, animals just so Much. It was a beautiful day weather wise getting... More 

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Thank phark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful educational and up-close experience. It is particularly a nice venue for children beyond stroller age. Lots of parking close to the entrance. I've been several times and it never seems to be crowded. Besides, it's layout allows for lots of space and viewing at your own pace. The employees (volunteers I expect) are friendly and helpful. The... More 

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Thank Douglas S
Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a wonderful day excursion for the entire family. Kids, of all ages, will enjoy this museum!!!! Don't have kids?...no problem... it's still a great place for adult enjoyment.

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Thank iababe
Newport News, Virginia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I purhased the membership just before school started in September. I have been to VLM 5 times. My daughter loved the Christmas laser light show. We enjoy the animals. A visit is never complete without seeing the jelly fish. I will be honest and say it is overpriced if you just want to go once. Membership is by far the... More 

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Thank HeatherMH40
Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the VLM today using our Newport News Ambassador Pass (free admission for 2 adults and 2 kids in January). The museum is geared toward children and has many hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. The galleries provide a chance to see all sorts of wildlife and the outside trail offers even more opportunities. There are different "rotating" exhibits as... More 

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Thank virginian9
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Outside was fun to walk through since it was 60 degrees and sunny! A lot of the animals were sleeping... But still fun to try and find them! Bug exhibit was fun! Amazing art! A lot of interactive things for the kids... Their aquariums were so fun! My favorite thing were the jellyfish! My year and a half year old... More 

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Thank LibbyUs
Newport News, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Virginia living Museum is a real gem and a very good quality museum that does not get the recognition it deserves. It is equally good for families on a Saturday afternoon or maybe a different kind of date.

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