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Virginia Living Museum

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524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999
+1 757-595-1900
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Dinosaurs!

My grandchildren took me to the Living Museum for Mother's Day to see the dinosaurs and we rocked... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sonphlower
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Newport News, Virginia, USA
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This is a quaint little museum that is just big enough to keep small children's attention. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
bugmalmberg
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Newport News, Virginia
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“touch tank” (31 reviews)
“animal exhibits” (15 reviews)
“all ages” (48 reviews)
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524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My grandchildren took me to the Living Museum for Mother's Day to see the dinosaurs and we rocked it! There were animated dinosaurs inside, squirting dino's outside and hidden dino's all around. We had a great time finding them. The archeology sites were a blast....More

Thank sonphlower
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a quaint little museum that is just big enough to keep small children's attention. The fish tanks are nice to see and they do have revolving exhibits so they try to have something new every few months. My kids love going especially to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum covering lots of subjects, Animals, spiders, fish, birds, and a lot of natural history of Virgina. I'll go again.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family had a great time during our visit. The dinosaur exhibit was pretty neat. Great for kids as well due to several play areas located throughout the area.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a rainy day so we decided to go to the Virginia living museum. What a awesome place. We went to the planetarium . The 30 minute presentation was very informative. The dinosaur exhibit was really highlighted when one of the volunteers brought out...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

It’s cool and all when they have there special events like spiders , reptiles or whatever, but it’s just not worth going to! They need some serious remodeling it’s looked the same way too long and it’s just old now! It used to be really...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018

It was pouring rain, windy and cold when we visited Newport News. We opted for this museum and had a great time. Caught the arachnid exhibit with dozens of tarantulas. The inside exhibits are interesting, even for adults. The outdoor part is a short boardwalk...More

Thank Bonnie H
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

I had not been to the museum since my kids were little. It was great then but it is absolutely amazing now. I enjoyed it so much that I bought a membership!

Thank Amy S
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

We spent a day here over Spring Break. We have three children that range in age from 8 to 13. They all enjoyed themselves. As a family we enjoyed the walk along the outdoor boardwalk looking at the animals and reading about them. Unfortunately a...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Went during big spring break and we had a blast exploring. A little disappointed that no one was there to do the show and tell. The dinosaur’s outside was really cool and hands on. On our trail walk we came across a lovely and informative...More

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Shannon R
February 23, 2018|
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Response from April W |
Alex is incorrect. It’s $20 a person, 0-2 is free, 3 and up is $13. If you are military, have triple A or are 65+, you can get a $1 off admission.
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Jaquan O
September 9, 2017|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely go during the summer. I would suggest that it might be less crowded in the morning and on a week day.
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Luann L
June 1, 2017|
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Definitely military discount
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