Virginia Living Museum
Special Needs Visitors
The Virginia Living Museum strives to accommodate all visitors with special needs. Below is a listing of current options and services:
All of the Museum’s public areas and classrooms are accessible to wheelchair users and to other visitors who cannot use stairs.
- Wheelchairs and baby strollers are available at no charge through the Admissions Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
All restrooms are handicapped accessible.
- A family restroom is available on the main floor near the Wild Side Cafe.
If needed, companion service dogs are allowed in the Museum.
- Museum specimens and other items in four Discovery Centers are of particular interest to visitors with low vision.
- Braille guides to items in the Discovery Centers are available for loan at the Admissions Desk.
Visitors with autistic family members are encouraged to visit in the mid to late afternoon or early Saturday morning when the Museum is less crowded.
- A quiet room is available on the main floor near the Wild Side Café.
- The boardwalk and garden areas offer calming areas for visitors.
- Descriptions of programs at the Abbitt Planetarium are available on the planetarium web page and at the Admissions Desk.
- The Virginia Living Museum has a partnership with the Peninsula School for Autism to develop programs and volunteer opportunities for people with autism.
The Wild Side Cafe's menu features vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items.
For additional special needs, please contact the cafe in advance.
Maps are available in other languages.
- Some changing exhibits have signage in both English and Spanish.
For more information call 757-595-1900. For group tours with special needs call 757-595-9135 or email Reservations.