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Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
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+1 757-595-1900
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

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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Interesting animal exhibits

We visited with our family, including four adult children, and a three year old and a one year old. It's pricey for one visit, but my daughter has a pass which we upgraded to get... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Sanford, North Carolina
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Sanford, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited with our family, including four adult children, and a three year old and a one year old. It's pricey for one visit, but my daughter has a pass which we upgraded to get everyone in. The pass can be used throughout the US at a good selection of museums. I don't mind paying for a museum like this.... More 

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with friends and really enjoyed it. I thought $19 for seniors was a tad expensive. I'd rate the exhibits as mixed. The aquariums and terrariums were good. The special wolf to woof exhibit was entertaining a lot of kids. The perimeter plants and aquariums are not near as good. They can ditch the fake alligator and turtle. I have... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the VLM today with our Newport News City Ambassador pass (free admission for City residents January 3-8). It is a great museum for children. Lots of hands-on displays and "touch tank" opportunities. Its also fun for adults. All sorts of information/exhibits. Great walking trail to see outdoor animals. They also have a gift shop and planetarium (extra fee).... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kids of all ages love this place ,in and outside too. Take an hour or two to explore , have a snack , watch the stars, or walk the trails and visit the eagle and the fox habitat. You and the children will have so much fun.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A pleasant way to spend some time if the weather is nice enough to enjoy strolling the outdoor walkway, where we saw two river otters, a beaver, two wolves, a fox, various birds, and two raccoons. Indoors there are a few aquariums with a logger head turtle, grouper, a small shark, sea horses, snakes, and a few other things. The... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A "middle of the road" museum/ aquarium. A bit overpriced, family of four, hundred dollars for 2 hours of walking around including 30 mins laser show. It's probably much better in summer. Perhaps there is more to see and animals are walking around and not hibernating.

Thank RUComing
Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a birthday party here and it was so much fun. The children were so elated as well as the parents. So much to see and do. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, the adventure will keep you on the move.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to see the local wildlife and were pleasantly surprised to see a very good arrangement of exhibits that told the story of each species. Hands on exhibits brought it closer to life. We were traveling with an elderly person who was able to use the complementary electric wheelchair. Watched the birds being fed as well as the alligator... More 

Thank EbersoleRobert
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

I visited the VLM for the first time when my friend cane to visit. We went earlier in the morning and most of the animals were out and about. Definitely seems like a good place for adults and children. You are able to get a sense of the wildlife and plants that make up Virginia. All the animals seemed to... More 

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Ballston Lake, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

We loved it. My 6 year old daughter loved everything. If you have young kids, be sure to go to the vet office display - they get to play ver on fake animals and they have these really cool microscope setups where they can take really close pictures of stuff and it displays on the computer screen. Admittedly, there may... More 

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