Virginia Living Museum, Newport News

4.6
#2 of 18 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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  • Looking for something a bit different? Go for the late night laser shows. Cool shows to great music. We saw Metallica and Pink Floyd: The Wall and really enjoyed both.  more »
  • We got here early and it was absolutely perfect. If you have school aged kids, I would suggest getting there when it opens before all the strollers arrive. The displays were clean, clear, and...  more »
  • Thank you for a very memorable first visit. My girlfriend and I enjoyed photographing and observing the animals in both the indoor and outdoor exhibits. As a special bonus, while eating our lunch by.....  more »
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  • We absolutely love the living museum. If you live in the Hampton Roads area and you have kids, you simply must invest in a membership. It's so simple and wonderful to stop by and run around with the little ones. There's so much to see and do and learn. I love the aquarium, and every kid who's ever seen it loves the dinosaur exhibit. There's a revolving exhibit space that's always something new (currently sharks).
  • My toddler loves this place. The outdoor walk has different rescued animals (bald eagle, vulture, wolves, fox etc.) The dinosaur exhibit on the nature walk is my daughter's favorite. Inside they have aquariums and a small hands on tank with different crabs. The food in their cafeteria is average. I'd recommend eating somewhere else before or after you go. Overall a fun experience for the little ones.
  • I love this museum! We got the family pass and go as often as we can. All staff members are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. My two year old likes to run around in the dinosaur area and end the visit playing in the play-kitchen/ vet area. This museum is clean and safe. Great for family fun.
  • I held my son's first birthday party here and it was awesome! Aiden helped out my party and he was attentive, helped with whatever we needed, had answers or would quickly find them. The employee (I'm sorry I forgot her name) who brought the animals in was great personality, wonderful with the children and very knowledgeable. All.of the employees were impeccable. My son and his guest had an amazing time! Thank you for making his mother extremely happy.
  • We went for adult night. Craft beers, snacks, and exploring the museum. It has some nice trails but they were closed when we went. It's smaller than other living museums/science museums/aquariums I've been to. It's nice to visit if you're in the area and would like to walk it's trail and enjoy nature on a nice day.
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