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Virginia Living Museum, Newport News

#2 of 18 in Childrens Museums in Virginia
Zoo · Hidden Gem · Science Museum
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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  • My husband and I visited in late October 2020 during the week so it was pretty dead, which was nice as we could roam around freely without having to worry about social distancing in a crowd. I'm not.....  more »
  • We were so happy we selected to go to the Virginia Living Museum. It was part inside and part outside. There are lots of living animals, fish, turtles etc... that are local to the area. I learned a...  more »
  • We absolutely love the living museum. If you live in the Hampton Roads area and you have kids, you simply must invest in a membership. It's so simple and wonderful to stop by and run around with the little ones. There's so much to see and do and learn. I love the aquarium, and every kid who's ever seen it loves the dinosaur exhibit. There's a revolving exhibit space that's always something new (currently sharks).
  • My toddler loves this place. The outdoor walk has different rescued animals (bald eagle, vulture, wolves, fox etc.) The dinosaur exhibit on the nature walk is my daughter's favorite. Inside they have aquariums and a small hands on tank with different crabs. The food in their cafeteria is average. I'd recommend eating somewhere else before or after you go. Overall a fun experience for the little ones.

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