The Virginia Living Museum Newport News

The Virginia Living Museum, located in Newport News, Virginia, is home to a number of diverse animals native to this geographically diverse state. From the oceans to the mountains and everything in between, the ecosystems and their corresponding creatures are explored and displayed for visitors to experience education as well as entertainment.

The creatures at the museum are from all different species of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, and fish. Many of the animals at the museum come injured and are nursed back to health and then kept in the safety of the care of experts. You can see animals both inside the museum an on the outside trail. Inside the museum you will find a petting area where you can touch horseshoe crabs, sea stars, different species of conch snails, and sometimes even a hermit crab, but they are sometimes too shy to come out of their shells.

Some of the amphibian residents are frogs, and salamanders. Some of the mammals you will meet are beavers, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, and wolves. Lots and lots of birds can be found in the aviary on the outside trail and a large number of fish can be seen in the various exhibit tanks. Reptiles that reside at the Virginia Living Museum consist of snakes, turtles, and lizards. All of the animals found at the museum are native to Virginia and come with a placard of information describing the ecosystems they reside in while in nature.

There are volunteers and museum employees walking around the interior of the museum, as well as the outdoor paths, and they are always full of answers to your questions.

The Virginia Living Museum has a planetarium where you can see a variety of shows throughout the year. The museum also hosts a variety of kids’ camps and adult events. There is also a changing exhibit at the museum which has hosted things as far ranging as life in the original Jamestown, dinosaurs, and dangerous animals of the Amazon.

You can check the website link below for upcoming planetarium shows and other upcoming events. Something new is always appearing at the Virginia Living Museum.

http://www.thevlm.org/

The Virginia Living Museum is both educational and entertaining for children and adults. Some of the favorite things my family likes to see when we go are: the otters swimming, the frog dissecting program kiosk, the horseshoe crabs who have blue blood, the mice – especially if they have new babies, the jelly fish, the flounder tank where they have to find the hiding ones, and the big sea turtle that reminds them of Crush in Finding Nemo. I’m sure whatever you see at the museum you will enjoy your time when you visit this treasure in Newport News.