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Virginia Living Museum, Newport News

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#2 of 18 in Childrens Museums in Virginia
Zoo · Hidden Gem · Science Museum
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Learn about the state's natural heritage at Virginia Living Museum, encompassing an aquarium, science center, aviary, planetarium, and botanical gardens. The museum explores the many environments of Virginia, including its coastal plain, the Appalachian Mountains, the Piedmont, a cypress swamp, and its subterranean setting. Outside, you can visit the butterfly garden and walk along a 1.2 km (0.75 mi) boardwalk to see animals, such as red wolves and river otters, living in their recreated natural habitats. The cafe has both indoor seating and a patio near the scenic conservation garden. For Virginia Living Museum and beyond, use our Newport News trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Newport News vacation.
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  • We got to see all the outdoor animals awake except the possums. Even heard wolves howling. The apiary was closed due to bird flu risks. The aquariums could have used a little better signage, but we... 
    We got to see all the outdoor animals awake except the possums. Even heard wolves howling. The apiary was closed due to bird flu risks. The aquariums could have used a little better signage, but we...  more »
  • Indoor and outdoor living exhibits, based upon reproducing and interpreting wild habitats rather than simply displaying animals. 
    Indoor and outdoor living exhibits, based upon reproducing and interpreting wild habitats rather than simply displaying animals.  more »
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  • Great experience and as the name suggests it’s a living, breathing, and educational museum NOT a zoo. Clean and family oriented. We observed all animals were well taken care of and given their correct habitat to live and thrive in. Great way to teach yourself and children about nature. If you need anything or have questions please ask a staff member, there all helpful and polite.
  • Where to even start? This place is amazing! Whether you’ve got four young kids like I do, or are retired looking for something to do on your own, this place is for you! So much fun, we bought an annual membership for our family and anticipate spending much of our summer here.

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