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“Fun Family Outing”

Virginia Living Museum
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fun Family Outing”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Fun place to visit. Spent over three hours there. Have many programs and can be enjoyed by the hope family

Visited October 2012
Thank Paula L
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Newport News, Virginia
1 review
“First Time”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I visited the VLM 11/10/2012 and was very pleased with the child hands-on, accessibility and layout. The Outdoor museum was fantastic and made more so with the seasonal changing of the trees which made for some gorgeous Postcard pictures! My only disappointment was the 'underwater table' where because of the lack of a 'Shoreline'' the Horseshoe Crabs are forced to mate underwater.

Visited November 2012
Thank Simmushu
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Norfolk, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hope they make it!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The museum has had flood damage here recently and needs our support to help keep them running. The museum is a wonderful place to visit no matter the temperature outside. Half is outside and half is inside so perfect combination.

Visited July 2012
Thank Amy B
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Educational Fun”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

There was, we thought, very little to do in Norfolk on a very wet and windy day so we headed out to the Living Museum. It was listed as a local attraction in the hotel brochure and It was fabulous. What a perfect family outing and despite recent heavy rain which left the basement inaccessible, they offered plenty of great attractions including the sustainable house, planetarium, real live animals and a great aquarium and "touch tank". Being from Sydney we were thrilled to see local wildlife which we would ever have had a chance to see elsewhere.

The staff were young and vibrant and very helpful and the day was unexpectedly great!
The only downside was the cafeteria was closed when we were ready to have a snack.

Visited October 2012
Thank mayday124
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Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful for the Entire Family”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Love this place! There's so much to do for every age. There's an outside walkway which is quite long (and is muggy in the summer!), but there's a large variety of animals to see on the trail. The inside is full of various displays and exhibits, with lots of small animals. Our family has a membership, and we probably visit the museum 1-2 times every month. Each visit is unique, based on the current exhibits and the animals we see.

Visited September 2012
Thank disneymommy2000
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