Virginia Living Museum, Newport News

4.6
#2 of 15 in Childrens Museums in Virginia
Learn about the state's natural heritage at Virginia Living Museum, encompassing an aquarium, science center, aviary, planetarium, and botanical gardens. The museum explores the many environments of Virginia, including its coastal plain, the Appalachian Mountains, the Piedmont, a cypress swamp, and its subterranean setting. Outside, you can visit the butterfly garden and walk along a 1.2 km (0.75 mi) boardwalk to see animals, such as red wolves and river otters, living in their recreated natural habitats. The cafe has both indoor seating and a patio near the scenic conservation garden. For Virginia Living Museum and beyond, use our Newport News trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Newport News vacation.
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  • This is a great museum for the entire family. There is always something going on. Lots of interactive displays and docents and a great dinosaur park for the kids to discover.  more »
  • Walked around all the exhibits on a chilly 31 degrees. Saw some intersting facts about Virginia wild and plant life. The large animals were mostly acitve today.  more »
  • Great place to take the family. A lot of the exhibits are outside so it’s worth it to go when the weather is nice. This is a bit of a hidden gem in Newport News.  more »
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  • I bought a membership for myself as they have discounts for military. Now I can take my toddler here year round anytime for free! There's lots for kids to see and do. There's both a saltwater and freshwater aquarium, a trail with animal exhibits. A dinosaur area where kids can play and excavate fossils. I also appreciate their message of conservation and taking care of our natural resources. Something I'd like to instill into my child.
  • The Virginia Living Museum is a true gem. The children absolutely love it, I feel they leave with a new experience, and learn something new each time we visit. The outdoor Trail is absolutely wonderful. We look forward to the arrival of spring, and watching the trail come back to life. The Outdoor Dino Trail is awesome and greatly engages the imagination. We always enjoy the animatronic dinosaur exhibits and can't wait to see what is new in the galleries. My daughter has already inquired about the junior naturalist camp this year, yes she will be going back. She always enjoys the experiences and the staff. Thank you Virginia Living Museum for all that you do !!!
  • I had gone multiple times as a kid on field trips, but last week I went for Valentine's Day with my wife and we had a blast! The experience was fresh, as if I was visiting for the first time. They even have a whole area for just dinosaurs and other creatures from the past. Apparently the arachnid exhibit is still new, so we checked that out first. Every animal they had seemed to have been taken great care of, the workers seem to really love and enjoy their jobs, and are full of information about the different exhibits when asked questions. They have interactive exhibits for both adults and kids. Will have to bring more people with us next time we go!
  • Interesting museum. The current traveling exhibit was of Arachnids--creepy things. Overall, I thought it was a great place for a small city. The aquatic setups were well maintained and the animals seemed to be generally well cared for. Well worth the expense if you're looking to keep young kids, who like this sort of thing, entertained for the afternoon.
  • Super fun with living species. All animals are kept under one roof for the great viewing experience. Live animal touch is amazing. Big snake / cobras and turtles are thrill to watch. Different fishes and what not.
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