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Virginia Living Museum

#2 of 33 things to do in Newport News Features Animals
524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999
+1 757-595-1900
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First time - great with our grandsons - age 4 and 6

We were told about this museum and it was fantastic. There was a LEGO exhibit. The art made out... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Delmar, New York
Don't go on hot day

I heard a lot of good things about The Virginia Living Museum so my family and I had to go as part... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Joshua E
Stafford, United States
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View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It's all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia's natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Experience a steamy cypress swamp and cool mountain cove. 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 famous Bay creatures. Kids will especially enjoy the Touch Tank with its sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Enjoy hands-on activities. See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory and travel the universe in the state-of-the-art digital planetarium. Outdoors, stroll the boardwalk to view coastal birds, beavers, otters, coyotes, endangered red wolves and other animals in naturalized habitats. Butterfly Garden, Virginia Garden and landscape plantings display one of the most extensive displays of native plants in Virginia. Learn how to live, build and garden green in the Conservation Garden and Green Living House.
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524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601-1999
+1 757-595-1900
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were told about this museum and it was fantastic. There was a LEGO exhibit. The art made out of legos was wonderful - dragonfly, butterfly, deer, etc. And the kids loved using the giant blocks as well as the regular ones. My grandsons are...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I heard a lot of good things about The Virginia Living Museum so my family and I had to go as part of our vacation. The thing I can tell you, if it is hot outside do not go. We were unfortunate enough to go...More

Thank Joshua E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

They blend elements of a zoo, aquarium, science center and childrens museum nicely here. Only complaint is that the virginia skies planetarium show was dreadfully low in content, even our 6 year old was hoping for more.

Thank dbaaronson
Reviewed 1 week ago

your family will enjoy this great location . Truly is a place for Kids of all AGES!! Be sure to viist when your in the area

Thank D_S_VA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have gone here several times when I was younger and I enjoyed taking my family with me. The kids loved seeing and learning about all the different animals here. Will definitely visit again and again!

Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fun, if quick, visit to the museum today! We loved the cleanliness of the animal enclosures, the informative signage, and the variety and organization of the animals and exhibits.

Thank RDC72
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite the extreme heat, we were able to take in most of the outdoor exhibits and of course the air conditioned inside exhibits. Our favorite was the feeding of the birds; we thoroughly enjoyed watching the pelican devour the fish tossed by the handler. She...More

Thank Devorah33851
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Educational and fun- especially for young children. We had a range of ages from 2 to 65 and everyone enjoyed it.

Thank Michele B
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I've heard rumors but it's still surviving. This is an okay visit. It's like a very small zoo/aquarium/kids area and park combined. Small place to eat inside. Very well kept inside and out. Very peaceful here and worth a day there. It has wolves and...More

Thank dahoov
Reviewed 12 July 2017

It costs $19-$24 for an adult and $15 for kids to enter. If the inside matched the outside, it would have been a ripoff. However, the inside was pretty good and they had some good exhibits. And there is a hands-on area. I think any...More

1  Thank musket_trip
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Luann L
2 June 2017|
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Response from Y5222ZLlindam | Reviewed this property |
yes there is a military discount, but sorry no pets allowed.
29 April 2017|
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Response from crossmail16 | Reviewed this property |
There is a tank that houses a wonderful sea turtle. He was as big as my eight month old grandson. Awesome turtle!

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