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“Wonderful family museum!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Living Museum
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Newport News, Virginia
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful family museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Virginia Living Museum is a must see museum. I am not usually thrilled with museums but this place is special. It has a variety of exhibits that anyone who like animals, history and learning will be enthusiastic about. The museum has wonderful outdoor areas to walk and see animals in the woods. The path is easy to walk and a nice place to just take a stroll. The planetarium shows are fun.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mary B
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Smithfield, Virginia
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235 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great Place to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is an outstanding place to visit for the entire family. The exhibits both inside the facility and outside are extremely educational for all ages. They have yearly passes for families and grandparents to take other adults and grandchild as well.
If you are a visitor to our community don't miss this one!!!

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Richard C
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Chicago, Illinois
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255 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A family trip must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

We were unsure what to expect. The grounds are beautiful and the exhibits are very well done. Our kids (8,10) loved the place as did we. You see many animals that are common around Virginia and the animals have lots of room and are in a natural environment. There was a nice cafe, clean bathrooms, and it is nicely laid out to make seeing everything easy. Free parking and the area has plenty of places around it to eat and shop.
It was $60 for 2 adults and 2 kids and it was worth it. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable

Visited November 2013
Thank Teahan
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Franklin Park, New Jersey
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great for kids who love animals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

This place was a huge hit with 9 year old twins. We had planned one day at VLM and two in Williamsburg, but after a half day in Colonial Williamsburg, we lost 'em. But they couldn't WAIT to go back to VLM. Live and learn!
People were really nice explaining the animals and history to us. The kids LOVED the foxes. Cut underwater cartoon in the Planetarium - really felt like scuba diving without getting wet.

Visited November 2013
Thank crigs50
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Yorktown, Virginia
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261 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Nice Nature Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Visited the Living Museum in Newport News during the Bodies Revealed exhibit. The exhibit was educational. Afterward we visited the outdoor and most of the indoor exhibit areas. Definitely a worthwhile attraction, especially if you're interested in southeast Virginia, its plants and animals.

Visited September 2013
Thank Alan C
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