Virginia Museum of Natural History

Martinsville, VA

Where are we going?

Virginia Museum of Natural History
21 Starling Ave
VA 24112

276 634-4141

What is there to do?

It's time to explore the fascinating natural history and geology of our planet, as well as Virginia, at the Virginia Museum of Natural History!

This impressive museum is great fun for the whole family, where you can uncover what lies beneath our feet, meet some prehistoric favorites and learn about what makes our planet super special!

The first exhibit you will see when you arrive at the Virginia Museum of Natural History is the Hall of Ancient Life, displaying fascinating ancient creatures as well as modern science. Kids can see the flying reptile Pteranadon, and marvel over the cast skeleton of a 140 million year old Allosaurus!

Kids can explore the secret world of ants, and their journey as farmers, warriors and buildings, or you can go back in time to the Ice Age and see life-sized skeleton coasts of some of the amazing creatures that lived all those years ago!

Have you ever seen a saber-tooth cat? You can here!

Of course, what would a visit to this Virginia museum be without exploring Virginia itself! Uncovering Virginia explores the state's natural history from 700  million years ago, right through to 300 years ago!

You can learn how nature works, exploring the magnificent forces and processes that shaped the planet to what we know today, and see some dramatic landscape models to aid this.

Don't miss a visit to the Discovery Reef where kids under 8 years can enjoy hands-on interactive play, with a wooden ship as the centerpiece offering some playtime fun!

An exploration into the wonderful world of our planet, and all the natural history that made it what we know and love today!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $7

Children: $5 (Ages 3 to 18)

Discount: $5 for seniors & college students. Free for members

Free Under: 3 years


Need a little extra help?

The museum is accessible, and they can provide assistive interpretation for visitors with disabilities. The interpreter is scheduled by appointment only with two weeks notice. There is also a manual wheelchair available for use free on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). If a wheelchair is needed, please ask the box office staff for assistance. A passenger elevator is also available.


When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily. Last admission 4pm.

Closed Sundays from Labor Day to Memorial Day, plus Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve / Day


Any top tips?

Why not have your birthday party at the museum! It's a super fun way for kids to celebrate, and you can spend your birthday with dinosaurs!

I’m Hungry!

The Paleo Cafe features snacks and lunch items where you can enjoy a re-fuel before getting back to to learn even MORE!

Healthy Eating

There are healthy options in the cafe - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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