Virginia Living Museum, Newport News

4.6
#2 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums 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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  • We took our grandson who is 4 going on 20 and he thoroughly enjoyed seeing the animals, the legos, the dinosaur exhibit and the wellness area where kids are the veterinarians caring for the animals. T...  more »
  • My son kept getting a brochure for the Virginia Living Museum during a recent hotel stay. I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised! We had an amazing time and loved the interactions with animals. We w...  more »
  • This place is nice... and I’m thankful it’s a sanctuary for rescue animals. A ton of things to look and animals.. perfect for kids and adults alike !  more »
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  • We have a membership with another museum that gave us free admission to this Museum while on vacation. With it free, I'd give it a four or five stars, but it would have cost us $55-60 for two adults and a child to get in here and I just think the cost is too high for what there is to see. So definitely get yourself a membership someplace that offers free admission to reciprocal centers.
  • So many exhibits! There is so much to learn and do. The animals are very interesting. Do not skip the aviary! Many of the animals are rescues. The albino cardinal is too cool. The staff is helpful and they give you not only general information about each species of animal, but also personal histories and backstories of the animals there. The dinosaur walk is fun for all ages, and even has "digs" set up for small children. Food in the cafe is tasty and reasonably priced. This place is awesome.
  • I brought my son to see the living museum. This museum will be great with children aside from the general trails to see those animals, there is the dinosaur which my son loved. Although some animals were not present like the seals. This is a family-oriented museum.
  • 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.

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