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 Virginia Living Museum. View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and jellyfish. See playful otters and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks.

Experience a cool mountain cove and steamy cypress swamp. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. Enjoy hands-on activities in four Discovery Centers.

See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory and venture into space in the state-of-the-art planetarium theater. Outdoors, stroll the boardwalk to view coastal birds,beavers, otters and other animals in naturalized habitats. Gardens and landscape plantings display an extensive array of native plants. Learn how to live, build and garden green. Kids particularly enjoy the Nature Playground and Learning Garden.

The Virginia Living Museum’s living exhibits take visitors on a tour of Virginia’s natural heritage, from the mountains to the sea, all in one wooded lakeside setting.

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 $17; Children (3-12) $13
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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