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Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
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+1 757-595-1900
09:00 - 20:00
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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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Great for Family

This place is great for any age. Sharks and sea turtles in a mid-sized aquarium were the highlight of my visits!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is great for any age. Sharks and sea turtles in a mid-sized aquarium were the highlight of my visits!

Thank weluv2scuba
Newport News, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must for people who love animals or want a quiet place to spend time on a trip. Not a particularly cheap attraction, but this small zoo (native animals only), has wonderful boardwalks through the woods, where happy animals are often playing as you watch and really nice two story wings inside with places to sit or lean on. Good... More 

Thank 0102annamaria
Newport News, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our family day at the Virignia Living Museum, especially the aquariums. Thye outdoor areas were beautiful.

Thank sewsomemo
Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the grandkids here and they loved it. Great place in town without having to drive hours. Love the information about the animals. Touch pool was fun for the little kids. Gift shop also available with a variety of items.

Thank Peppermint215
Poquoson, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Virginia Living Museum is a great place for children and Adults. It has lots of great hands on centers to get up and close to nature and learn first hand about bees, fish etc. There are so many trails to explore outside and many interesting learning centers inside. So if the weather is good or bad there is lots... More 

Thank ellenn805
Yorktown, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is wonderful for children of all ages. It introduces them to native wildlife with some wonderful exhibits ranging from jellyfish to salamanders. There is a working beehive which can occupy children for a long time. There are inspiring fish tanks, bat caves, and an outdoor area. You can't fail to have an amazing visit.

Thank geebee789
Western NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Virginia Living Museum is a fun place for everyone. Our visit was on a beautiful day in early February and we spent a good part of the day exploring and learning about the region and the living history of it. The displays were spot-on with variety, signage, and set up. We learned so much. There are 2 major areas... More 

Thank Susan&David
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to take the kids for trick or treating. also the animals and fish are very cool. The otter is one of the best shows to watch.

Thank Rodney B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have gone here many times over the span of 16yrs. Our children loved it growing up. We always consider the living museum a "must do" when people visit from out of town. Its interactive and educational without the boredom.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of indoor and outdoor family fun. The animals are out even during chilly weather, resulting in less active critters. Nevertheless they are all still beautiful. The animals at the VLM are there due to imprinting or injury. Many appear to have mandibular injury. There is a local animal touch tank indoors with horseshoe crabs, sea stars, decorator crabs and... More 

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