Virginia Living Museum

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Virginia Living Museum
Detail Most guests spend approximately 2-4 hours at the museum.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Handicap Accessible
Detail Cameras are Permitted
Detail Gift Shop On-site
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The Virginia Living Museum, opening in 1987, became the first interactive establishment east of the Mississippi to combine exhibition elements including a science center museum, native wildlife park, botanical preserve, aquarium, and planetarium. It is one of the best things to do with kids in Williamsburg, perfect for any Jamestown vacation

Stimulating knowledge, heightening awareness, and maximizing an appreciation for the living world is the goal of the living center. The museum accomplishes this by making science a hands-on experience and correlates their classes and exhibits in line with Virginia's Standards of Learning. Since it's grand opening, over two million students of various grade levels have enjoyed the museum.

The museum includes over 250 living species native to the area of Virginia through a 30,000-gallon aquarium, discovery centers, and interactive hands-on exhibits. Journey into and explore a mountain cove, a cypress swamp, an underground limestone cave, and the underwater realm of the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy activities at four different hands-on discovery centers and touch some famous Bay creatures. Embark upon the universe in a state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater and see fabulous views of the Sun from the observatory and travel the universe.

Guests can take a relaxing walk outdoors along the 3/4-mile elevated boardwalk around the property to view coastal birds, river otters, bobcats, endangered red wolves, and other animals in naturalized habitats. See the largest collection of native plants in Virginia by garden landscape, and exhibit plantings displays. Learn how to build green, live green, and garden green in the Conservation Garden and the Living Green House. Kids can explore the new garden for kids and the Nature Playground

Don't miss out on this incredibly fun and educational opportunity on your trip to Virginia.

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"This place is amazing!"
This place is amazing! I would especially recommend to families. There are many educational activities for children.
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Karren Trent
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We didn't really know what to expect but it turned out to be the most favorite of all. The staff is very competent, the place is beautifully kept. A great family attraction.
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Zoraida Rosa
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Kids enjoyed this museum because it was hands on and there were so much to see from fishes to life like dinosaurs.
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Karen Hill
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"Lots of fun!"
Lots of fun! Great for all ages! Go early if you want to see the animals in the summer. As it gets warmer the animals usually sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions for Virginia Living Museum:
  • What is included in the admission price for Virginia Living Museum?
    Admission into the museum.
  • Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Virginia Living Museum?
    Most guests spend 2-4 hours at the museum.
  • What amenities (such as ATM, gift shop, etc) are available?
    There is a Cafe' and Gift Shop at the museum.
  • Is Virginia Living Museum handicap accessible?
    Yes, it is handicap accessible.
  • Is photography & video recording allowed?
    Cameras are permitted.
  • For what ages is Virginia Living Museum appropriate?
    The museum is appropriate for all ages.
  • Is parking available at Virginia Living Museum? Is it free?
    Yes, free parking is available at the museum.