Virginias natural heritage comes alive at the Virginia Living Museum, through a number of living exhibits that incorporate all of the state's geographic regions - from the oceans to the mountains and everything that's in between.
Each exhibit at the museum tells a story, from how geological changes formed the lanes, to the relationships between prey and predator, and survival adaptations of wildlife.
The indoor galleries at the Virginia Living Museum showcase the variety of plants and animals living in the Commonwealth, with Discovery Centers just brimming with natural history for kids to explore and touch.
You can watch a live view of the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium in the Coastal Plain's Gallery, as well as explore the world's richest nursery - Chesapeake Bay! From the forests to the marshes, to actual sea creatures, the most eastern-part of Virginia comes to life!
Moving to the mountains and you are "nose to nose" with a number of crawling, flying and swimming animals, complete with creatures who call the James River home.
The World of Darkness Gallery is where you can meet tiny sharks, scurrying ghost crabs and playful flying squirrels, and other animals that adapt to nocturnal life.
Let's not forget about Virginia's ancient past, that you can uncover by studying the fossils that were preserved right beneath your feet - and we haven't even begun to tell you about the outdoor adventures you can enjoy (and yes, there are dinosaurs!)
With a host of wildlife and plenty of hands-on fun for kids, the Virginia Living Museum really is a LIVING museum, so get ready to explore just how incredibly diverse this state is!
From $16.95 ages 12 and below
They not only support conservation, but their cafe is green with biodegradable paper straws, napkins and utensils, and serving trays and plates are from 100% renewable resources!
Located inside the Virginia Living Museum, the Wild Side Café offers breakfast, lunch and snack items. Their menu includes muffins, breakfast cereals, sandwiches, burgers, pulled pork, and wraps!
Check out the events that they host, from stargazing evenings, to Dino on the Loose,
The Wild Things Museum Store located just off the lobby at the Virginia Living Museum offers unusual science and nature-related gifts catering to every taste and budget.
Favorite youth selections include rock, mineral and fossil specimens, educational novelties and North American animal-themed jewelry.
Schedule a self-guided visit of exhibits that feature over 250 live animal and plant species, native to Virginia, in their natural settings. Trained interpreters are located throughout the exhibits to work with your students, making exhibits “hands-on” – so students learn by doing, as well, as by seeing. They also offer outreach programs, safaris and classes! Give them a call in advance to arrange
They offer 12 vegetarian options and vegan options, with plenty of salads options!
All of the Museum’s public areas and classrooms are accessible to wheelchair users and to other visitors who cannot use stairs.
Wheelchairs & mobility scooters are available at no charge through the Admissions Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
Why not have your birthday at the museum? It's a fun and unique way for kids to have fun celebrating with friends!
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