Virginia Living Museum – Newport News, Virginia

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What is it?  Part zoo, part children’s museum, part educational museum, part aquarium.  The Virginia Living Museum is possibly one of the best museums I have been to in a long time.  It is educational and kid-friendly but at the same time it will captivate adults for hours as well.  The building is set up so that you walk through different Virginia habitats.  In each gallery, you will see exhibits that showcase the animal and plant life from each habitat. 

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I have an ASTC Membership card so the visit was free, which definitely makes the deal even sweeter!  We went to the Virginia Living Museum with the intention of spending an hour or two and then heading to the next activity but we ended up spending hours wandering around inside and out and then back inside again!

There are interactive stations throughout the entire museum where you and the kids can learn more about the animals and the lives they lead.

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There are Discovery Centers where you can interact with animals.  Our favorite was the Chesapeake Bay Touch Tank.

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The Coastal Plain Aviary will allow you to get up close and personal with more than 16 species of birds native to the area.

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The Outdoor Boardwalk is a wonderful walk and along the way you will see beavers, bald eagles, bobcats, wild turkeys and more.  This was one of our favorite parts!

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There is also a Planetarium, a Butterfly Garden and an observatory.

The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

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Comments

  1. 1

    This place sounds too cool! I love the outer boardwalk … such a great place for kids to see local wildlife up close.

  2. 2

    Sounds like a great stop. It’s unusual to have an outdoor component of a museum. I like it.