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What You'll See at the Virginia Living Museum

Virginia’s natural heritage comes alive at the Virginia Living Museum through living exhibits that encompass all the state’s geographic regions from the mountains to the ocean. Each exhibit tells a story. There is the predator-prey relationship between the chipmunk and the corn snake; the survival adaptations of the flounder and puffer fish; the endangered status of the once plentiful sturgeon, and the geological changes that have created caves.

Chesapeake Bay Aquarium

Explore the regions of Virginia and the animals and plants that live there: Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Mountains, Cypress Swamp, Mountain Cove, Virginia Underground and After Dark. Four interactive Discovery Centers await your exploration.

VLM aviary

Stroll the elevated boardwalk to see birds and animals native to Virginia in naturalized habitats. Explore the Virginia, Butterfly and Conservation Gardens and learn how to build green in the Goodson Living Green House. Native Plant Teaching Garden and Children's Garden opened in April 2013.
 image from hubble telescope

Visit the planets, travel to a black hole, observe spinning galaxies or study the Earth from space. Using our state-of-the-art digital full-screen projection system, we can recreate the many wonders of the universe, including the stars and constellations of the sky for any season of the year - all from the comfort of an armchair.

Behind the Scenes

Special Tours      

For an additional fee, take one of our special tours. Go Behind-the-Scenes with a curator, learn the stories of individual animals from our Curatorial Director, walk with the keeper or have a pizza party with Snapper Bites.

Check the calendar at the Admissions Desk for daily feedings.

In Winter-Spring and Summer, the museum features  interactive and highly informative natural history exhibits in this special gallery.

The whimsical and delightfully colorful works by master illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) will be on display March 15 - April 27, 2014.

Animatronic dinosaurs will fill the gallery May 24 - Sept. 1, 2014.

The Virginia Living Museum exhibits more than 250 species of animals and plants native to Virginia. Learn more about them.

Check out the web cam on the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium and other videos of our animals.

This video produced by Newport News Television will introduce you to the many wonders at the Virginia Living Museum.

winter front VLM