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“kids, turkeys and seniors (and a mom and dad)”

Virginia Living Museum
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 4 December 2013

We all enjoyed spending about 5 hours at the museum on 11/27. The children, 8 and 12, helped to select the turkey that would be spared a roasting pan on Thanksgiving and reported that they would eat hamburgers this year.
The biomes depicted helped my older grandson to gain first hand experience in a study of this subject. I believe that he could truly understand adaptability, climate, etc. upon seeing living examples. The eight year old loved the large turtle and dinosaur, but especially enjoyed seeing the animals rescued from harm.
We also went to the holiday laser show and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the familiar Christmas carols.
My entire family give this museum a high rating: staff courtesy, exhibits, outdoor and indoor displays, animals and activities were all first class.

Thank reddonnaduck
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"animal exhibits"
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"all ages"
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"live animals"
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"an aquarium"
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"indoor and outdoor exhibits"
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"love animals"
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"crab"
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"red wolves"
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"flora and fauna"
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"children's garden"
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

This is a great place for children to see and experience animals they don't usually see. The staff is very helpful and respectful

Thank dthfun
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The Virginia Living Museum is a great place for adults and for children. The emphasis is on plants and animals living in Virginia, including cave dwellers, bats, fishes. I like the aviary to photograph birds up close. There is a pond available for "visiting" birds. The usual mammals include wolves and coyotes, but no bear just yet. We're waiting for a suitable enclosure.
There is a planetarium, small restaurant, and a nice gift shop. Frequently there are special exhibits.

1  Thank andreweth
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The Virginia Living Museum is a must see museum. I am not usually thrilled with museums but this place is special. It has a variety of exhibits that anyone who like animals, history and learning will be enthusiastic about. The museum has wonderful outdoor areas to walk and see animals in the woods. The path is easy to walk and a nice place to just take a stroll. The planetarium shows are fun.

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

This is an outstanding place to visit for the entire family. The exhibits both inside the facility and outside are extremely educational for all ages. They have yearly passes for families and grandparents to take other adults and grandchild as well.
If you are a visitor to our community don't miss this one!!!

1  Thank Richard C
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