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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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Very educating

A place to learn about local wild life, astronomy, outdoors adventures and Hampton Roads. Family... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Efrain R
Kill Devil Hill
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Great Place...Lots To see

This was a place we almost didn't go to. It was a last minute decision and it was a good one. Lots... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John M
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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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 via mobile

A place to learn about local wild life, astronomy, outdoors adventures and Hampton Roads. Family atmosphere, good for school excursions and activities.

Thank Efrain R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a place we almost didn't go to. It was a last minute decision and it was a good one. Lots to see inside and out. If you get to see feeding time with an animal the worker tells you all about it.

1  Thank John M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very well kept museum and animal habitat. The kiddos really enjoyed spending the day here. The staff was very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. A really nice and low stress place.

Thank Allen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a lot to do here. Land animals, fish and OTTERS. The otters were the highlight. There are interactive activities for children and a very nice gift shop.

Thank UPSdude
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is like a little zoo and museum all in one. All native species, frequently active. very friendly, knowledgeable staff!

Thank Brooke B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanks to my cousin we discovered the Living museum. We will definitely be back for more visits. Live animals, aquarium, play ground, all great. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to explore the whole museum but we were very impressed with the exhibits, live...More

Thank Eve_in_the_World
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was really, really cool! Tons of animals to check out, both indoors and outdoors. The Museum had a really good balance of all the types of wildlife and habitats you can find in the area. The dinosaur trail outside was really amazing! Any...More

Thank supapfunk
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We stopped here today with our 10 yr old daughter. the place has many animals and many hands on exhibits for the kids. The dinosaur exhibit was great too. Very nice place for kids to see animals in their natural habitat. We had lunch at...More

Thank EZinn
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Was a wonderful experience and would recommend this to anyone. Definitely a great place take family.

Thank Bamboo708
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I go to the Virginia Living Museum often and it never disappoints. Great way to spend a day with your family. The planetarium show is a great way to relax in the middle. Then we grab a bite to eat and stop by the gift...More

Thank TripMember05222017
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Luann L
are you pet friendly do you have military discounts
2 June 2017|
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Response from UPSdude | Reviewed this property |
No pets. They don't want you to even walk dogs in the parking lot. That's because some of the animal enclosures are right next to the parking lot and could stress the animals. There is a military discount but I am not sure... More
Is there a sea turtle that lives there ???
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!