Military Discounts & Incentives
Open daily 9am-5pm. Extended summer hours June 2 - Sept. 1: Thursdays 9am - 5pm.
YEAR-ROUND MILITARY DISCOUNT OFFER: Visit the Virginia Living Museum Admissions Desk with a MILITARY PHOTO ID and receive 10% military discount off a general membership or $1 off per family member for daily admission tickets.
The Virginia Living Museum has also hosted A Military Child Appreciation Weekend in Honor of Month of the Military Child in April, 2018. Stay Tuned in 2019.
Virginia’s Animal Attraction
Virginia’s natural heritage is the star at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. See endangered red wolves, bald eagles and a loggerhead sea turtle. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. Living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Hands-on activities, an observatory, state-of-the-art digital planetarium, outdoor boardwalk, green living demonstration house, native plant and conservation gardens add to the experience.
Kids can get active at the Nature Playground with its climbing spider web, hop on mushroom shapes and talking tubes, and play Hobbit House. Indoors, future animal keepers and vets can play, learn and dream in the new permanent exhibit, “Wild & Well.” Designed primarily for preK to 3rd grade children, the exhibit offers hands-on exploration and learning about animal health with a secondary message about human health.
The VLM offers amazing nature and science programs for kids during the school year and week-long camps during the summer. They do book up fast so register today!
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NEW Permanent Outdoor Exhibit - Dinosaur Discovery Trail
For more than 25 years, dinosaurs have been a popular summer exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum. On Oct. 15, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the museum opened a permanent outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail.
This permanent exhibit showcases 16 of the majestic animals that ruled our earth for more than 150 million years. Visitors walk through the woods to see realistic one-third to full-size dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The dinosaurs range in size from a mini Ankylosaur to a 16-foot-tall Brachiosaurus. There is a baby T. rex. photo op, a half-size T. rex., plus several nests and baby dinosaurs.
The trail also includes a Paleo camp, dig pits for amateur paleontologists, and displays of dinosaur and Ice Age fossils, including an actual whale specimen from Hampton Roads.
The $500,000 project opened on October 15, 2016 and is a permanent exhibit.
Learn more about The Dinosaur Replicas, Children's Play Area and Discovery Huts
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"We have had a membership for 10 years!"
Our family has loved our membership to the VLM for 10 years now! We enjoy all the museum has to offer from the exhibits to events to camps. The membership never gets old and we often just like to stop in for a walk around the outside. It's a beautiful museum with tons to offer and you can't beat the military family membership. Love the VLM!