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Virginia Living Museum, Newport News

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Observatory Science Museum
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. Make Virginia Living Museum a centerpiece of your Newport News vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Newport News vacation builder.
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  • This was a place we almost didn't go to. It was a last minute decision and it was a good one. Lots to see inside and out. If you get to see feeding time with an animal the worker tells you all about i...  more »
  • Very well kept museum and animal habitat. The kiddos really enjoyed spending the day here. The staff was very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. A really nice and low stress place.  more »
  • There is a lot to do here. Land animals, fish and OTTERS. The otters were the highlight. There are interactive activities for children and a very nice gift shop.  more »
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  • The staff was wonderful. Everything was ready, clean and the room was big. The animals, shark, and dolphin on the walls were amazing. They brought in the coolers and ice immediately. The animal encounter was fabulous.
  • We go here every year at least once. It's a fantastic museum you can spend the entire day at. They just added a really cool dinosaur exhibit for the kiddos. My daughter is 2 and she loved it.
  • This place is great. I take my boys here often. We have passes. I recommend the passes if you plan on going more then once a year. Also a lot don't know but if you are a member of Langley federal credit union kids get free passes. There is a lot to do and see. I love that they also have out door space. They have trails and a kids play area. You will not be disappointed.
  • So much fun if you love animals. Beautifully done. Great dino area, too.
  • It's quick little place to bring the kids. A little pricey for a hour or two, but it fun.