Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

See animals native to Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay swim, slither, roam and fly in the all-new, three times larger Virginia Living Museum. Transport yourself to the steamy world of a cypress swamp, complete with alligators and snapping turtles. Find songbirds nestled in the trees around a cascading mountain waterfall and view trout in a cool mountain stream.

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 some famous Bay creatures, plus enjoy four hands-on discovery centers. See spectacular views of the sun from the new observatory and travel the universe in the planetarium theater.

Outdoors, stroll the 3/4-mile elevated boardwalk to view coastal birds, bald eagles, beavers, bobcats, river otters, endangered red wolves and other animals in natural habitats.

All of these experiences are possible in parts of the Chesapeake Bay region, and now in the new Virginia Living Museum.

Location / Directions: Take I-64 from the east or the west to exit 258-A. Then take Route 17 south (J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) for about 2 miles. Continue straight on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. when Rt. 17 turns left. Turn left at next traffic light into museum entrance (a fire station is on the right).
Address: Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
Phone: (757) 595-1900
Activities: Weekend Safaris, Astronomy Classes, Nature Adventure Club, Summer Fun for Kids, Summer Field Adventures, Overnight Adventures, Birthday Parties, Mother Nature's Traveling Road Show.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs

Operating Hours: Summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day): Daily 9 AM to 5 PM.
Winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day): Monday - Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 12 noon to 5 PM.
Fees: Adults $15; Children (3-12) $12
Visitor Facilities: Museum exhibits and shop, planetarium (extra fee), outdoor boardwalk and natural animal habitats.
Size: 21 acres
Accessibility: The Virginia Living Museum is totally handicapped accessible.

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