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Virginia Living Museum

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Address: 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999
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+1 757-595-1900
09:00 - 17:00
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Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri - Wed 09:00 - 17:00

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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It's a half aquarium, half zoo, all around great place!

We spent several hours here exploring all the exhibits. My daughter loved the aquarium exhibits, while my son enjoyed the animal exhibits. Half of the exhibits are inside, and... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent several hours here exploring all the exhibits. My daughter loved the aquarium exhibits, while my son enjoyed the animal exhibits. Half of the exhibits are inside, and half are outside, so if you are visiting, make sure it is a warmer day so you can see everything. The price is a bit steep and the reason I rated... More 

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been several times. It's like the first time all over again for my 2.5-year-old son each time we go.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to do here from the special exhibit on dogs/wolves (which was fascinating), the aquarium, touch tanks featuring a variety of crabs, cave-type settings and outdoor natural areas. We had a great time. Our kids loved it. For the outdoor areas, my one beef is the fences used to separate the animals felt a little depressing. A nice upgrade... More 

Thank Zach G
Newport News, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed this museum tremendously, going thru the the exhibits was fun. All the children seemed to enjoy the playroom they could explore as a vet. Walking on the outdoor path was very peaceful. The touch tanks very nice to feel the creatures. My daughter loved watching the employees feed the animals.

Thank Eliz J
Yorktown, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Any quality museum is going to be a little pricey. This showplace is top notch for family fare. In addition to a pair of looping pathways outside, there are really nice showcases and aquariums inside. All animals that can be found in Virginia's wild lands and along the waterways are present in this one location. Come early as temperatures coupled... More 

Thank donpipes
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Since our grandchildren are on the young side (6, 4 and 1 1/2), some of the inside exhibits were more for older children. But they did enjoy the aquarium area and the hands-on area. Outside was perfect as it included just enough animals on a circular walkway. We especially liked the dinosaur area. We probably finished in an hour and... More 

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Poquoson, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our favorite area is the ocean. We like the sharks and sea turtle. It is very peaceful. The price is affordable for families and every few months they have different educational displays. We've learned about different types of animal poop lol. We live near by and visit several times a year.

Thank JLC1347
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the VLM. So great that we can see all these lovely animals in this wonderful natural habitat. I love the otters and the beavers. They are so silky and pretty. My children loved the dinosaur exhibit that was here. It was perfect. They will also help w your sick wild animals if you find one. Buy the membership... More 

Thank Y5222ZLlindam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best museum I have ever visited! All the animals are rescued!!! The train is great as well! I highly recommend this museum.

Thank Josh C
Lapeer, MI
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has a lot of variety and something for everyone. Kids loved the interactive displays and getting to touch some animals. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a planetarium. Great way to spend a day for a very reasonable price!

Thank nicolelawson

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