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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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Fun, interesting and educational

We spent a day here over Spring Break. We have three children that range in age from 8 to 13. They... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bid421
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Ozone Park, New York
Great time

Went during big spring break and we had a blast exploring. A little disappointed that no one was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nramos221
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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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“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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+1 757-595-1900
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank bid421
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank nramos221
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a lovely Saturday morning here with my nieces and nephews, who range in age from 6 to 20. The museum is a combination science/nature center and zoo of animals indigenous to Virginia (250 species). The indoor part has educational displays about the different...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really had a good time exploring the exhibits. The exhibits we're very informative, and well done. The museum seems to carter more towards younger visitors. Lots of stuff for young children to do, but still worth it for adults as well. Unfortunately the outdoor...More

Thank Patricia G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great indoor and outdoor exhibits. Displays show various ecosystems found throughout Virginia. The boardwalk allows you to walk through different habitats and see a variety of animals. The outdoor dinosaur exhibit looks like great fun. Clean, educational, a little pricey but worth it.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

This place is interesting, but really expensive. There is a small military discount and a huge gift shop with a build a bear, penny press machine, postcards, etc.

1  Thank Devon B
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

This is the greatest place to see and learn about the animals and insects that inhabit the US as well as Virginia. We walked all through the trails looking at all the critters that live in VA and were donated as unwanted pets or wounded...More

1  Thank Maureen S
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Stopped here and spent a couple of hours. Bonus was the spiders and scorpion display that happened to be here. The museum is nicely laid out and easy to move through. The outdoor boardwalk is really nice. The boards are in good shape and easy...More

1  Thank Marathon59
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

My family were in town from all over the globe, for a family reunion. The original plan was to go to Busch Gardens, it turned out to be a cold and rainy weekend. My children remembered coming here a few years ago when they were...More

1  Thank Mrs-Mr-Wiggles
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

My family and I visit this place frequently. They have several exhibits both inside and outside that are good for the entire family. What sold my wife and I on a membership is the dinosaur exhibit. Our lil guy loves dinosaurs and this permanent exhibit...More

Thank Greg J
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Shannon R
24 February 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
9 September 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
2 June 2017|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
Definitely military discount
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