Last updated: 5/25/2011
Newport News, Virginia
Street Address
524 J. Clyde Moris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
Mailing Address
Newport News, VA 23601
phone: 757-595-1900
fax: 757-599-4897
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Daily9 AM - 5 PM
Labor Day to Memorial Day
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Museum closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day
$17 adults, $13 children (ages 3-12)
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Page Hayhurst, Director
Virginia Gabriele, Marketing Director

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.


Connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.


The Junior Nature Museum and Planetarium opened in 1966 through the efforts of the Warwick Rotary Club and the Junior League of Hampton Roads. In 1987 the museum transformed itself into the first living museum east of the Mississippi, becoming the Virginia Living Museum. In 2004, the museum completed a major expansion with a new exhibition building and outdoor exhibit areas.

Artifact Collections

The museum exhibits more than 250 live Virginia animal and plant species, including six that are endangered or threatened. Its hands-on discovery centers display dozens of museum artifacts and specimens.

Educational Programs

The museum offers on-site classroom and laboratory programs and off-site field experiences for grades K-12. All classes are taught by professional educators and are correlated to Virginia and national science standards. Customized teacher training workshops and classes are also available.


Performance Areas


The museum is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a Board of Trustees.


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