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Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Phone Number: +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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Fascinating, educational exhibits and hands-on activities!

My child is still too young to really enjoy this museum, but I heartily enjoyed the educational factor of the exhibits. I would have liked to spend some time in the native... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Missoula, Montana
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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My child is still too young to really enjoy this museum, but I heartily enjoyed the educational factor of the exhibits. I would have liked to spend some time in the native plants/herbs area, and had more, too, to explore the outdoor trail exhibits. The water animals and cave dwellers were some of my favorites. I loved the area where... More 

Thank lizardgeek
Archdale, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this place! Take a respite from the rich history of Williamsburg and visit the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. The museum is well-planned and full of great exhibits of all the biomes represented in the great state of Virginia--from the coastline to the piedmont to the mountains and everywhere in between. Organisms are readily identifiable and easily... More 

Thank ehamblinjr
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't know what we going to see upon arriving but we not dissapointed. The place was clean, easy to navigate and kept our interest the entire time there...We didn't know that some of those animals lived in Virginia....a real treat!

Thank Jim J
Moorestown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the museum today with our son's family. The children, ages 10, 6 and 3 loved it. The whole museum was very clean and well maintained. We did the outdoor boardwalk first. We saw many active animals in the habitats.......fox, deer, turkeys, wolves, beavers and many more. The children also enjoyed the new dinosaur section. The indoor exhibits... More 

Thank Sugarsm0m
Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a unique opportunity to interact with the flora and fauna of Virginia! Experience hands-on time with animals, fish, and the gardens of Virginia and play your way through the new dinosaur exhibit! And the planetarium is fascinating! This is a venue for all ages!

Thank Hamptonroadsrealtor
Phoenicia, New York, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My 11 year old had a great time. Entry price was steep for the offerings I thought. Animals in the zoo part seemed sad or sedated and the plastic dinosaurs were a bit out of place in a "living" museum, but my son loved it. There were some cool exhibits, aquariums and other displays of native life in Virginia. All... More 

Thank ChistiandMichael
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

My father found this in the AAA Tour Guide marked as a "gem" not to be missed - and it was right! For those who don't know, it's a place to walk in the woods on trails to see native Virginia wildlife pretty up close. Animals and birds of all varieties are here, and visitors can take as much time... More 

Thank areader2013
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We decided to check out the Virginia Living Museum because it was part of the ASTC group. I wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived because it looked small, but we were pleasantly surprised! We took the outdoors walk (about 3/4 of a mile) around to view the animals and exhibits. We were impressed at the natural habit areas... More 

Thank Mom_of_3CrazyCABoys
Natrona Heights pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A collection of animals found in Virginia in a natural setting. A learning and living experience in eco friendly surroundings. Each exhibit is accompanied by written summaries of the wildlife and habitat, easy to read and understand. Exhibits are animals from the air, land and waters. There are some interactive activities for the children. A very good place for the... More 

Thank LivinTheGreatLife
Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Took my 10 years old granddaughter there this summer. She really enjoyed seeing the animals, especially being able to touch the sea creatures in the touch tank. Our whole experience was A-ONE!

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