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Group Visits to the Virginia Living Museum

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The Virginia Living Museum welcomes your group! Our goal is to offer your clients memories that will last a lifetime, in addition to helping you with all the planning and details. We offer a fantastic 2-3 hour tour option to suit groups of all ages and up to 400 visitors at a time.

Conveniently located two miles off I-64 and only 20 miles from the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, the Virginia Living Museum is central to many hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. If your group is wild about wildlife, we will ensure the Virginia Living Museum will become one of the highlights of their tour of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Take a self-guided tour of Virginia's natural history from the mountains to the sea, with exhibits that look back at you. Travel the universe in the digital state-of-the-art planetarium theater. Student groups can book SOL-coordinated programs and labs or mini-programs that feature hands-on activities.

Looking for a place to perform? Combine a performance in our outdoor amphitheater or entrance courtyard with a self-guided visit.

Also available are Behind-the-Scenes tours with the Curatorial staff and after hours rentals.

The average length of a self-guided Museum tour is 2-2 ½ hours. Please allow an extra 45 minutes if your group is booked for a Planetarium Show.

Group Leaders, Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Receptive Operators are most welcome to visit the Museum anytime for a familiarization tour to get an "up-close and personal" view of our facilities and wildlife.

Download our Group Tour Profile Sheet (PDF).

We look forward to welcoming your group upon their arrival here at the Virginia Living Museum for their totally Wild Time!



Group Admissions

A minimum of 10 paid guests are required to receive the group rates that follow. 

General Admission:

Adult (13+ years):  $16.00

Child (3-12 years):  $12.00

Child (2 years & under): Free

Planetarium (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays- Sept. through May)

During Regular Museum Hours:

Planetarium Add-on to Admission   $4.00 per person

During Scheduled Evening Shows: 

Evening:                                           $6.00 per person

Double Feature Combo:                   $10.00 per person

Private Shows *(Scheduling of Planetarium shows depends on staff availability)

The planetarium can be reserved for a private showing for up to 71 people

Daytime - $300

Evening - $400

*Planetarium total fee is due 15 days prior to visit along with signed contract

Reservation is not guaranteed until payment is received


Please note: The Museum provides two complimentary admission tickets per motorcoach for the coach driver and tour escort.

Student groups: Complimentary admission is provided to teachers, plus one free adult chaperone per every ten children. 


Reservations/More Information

To make a reservation, please call our Reservation Coordinator 757-595-9135, fax 757-599-4897 or email reservations. You may also complete one of our on-line reservation forms - Group Leader or Tour/Receptive Operator. Reservations must be confirmed by the Museum.

School groups should contact the Reservations Coordinator at 757-595-9135, fax 757-599-4897 or complete our on-line reservation formSee information about self-guided visits, classes, labs and other programs for school groups.


Payment & Cancellation

Advance deposit with signed contract is required. Cash, check or credit cards (VISA, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted. Cancellation without penalty is 30 days prior to visit.


Best Times for Group Visits

Please note: On week days during the school year, student groups attend sessions in the Museum until 1 p.m. and in the Planetarium until 2 p.m. It is advised to arrange your group visit after these times.


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