Experience an unforgettable adventure at the Virginia Living Museum!
Enjoy indoor exhibits, outdoor natural habitats and a spectacular planetarium theater.
This facility is a unique combination of zoological park, botanical garden, aquaria, aviary, planetarium, observatory, natural science museum and nature store - all in one beautiful setting in the woods on Deer Park Lake.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Times range depending on the season. Please check availability calendar for specific departure dates & times.
Explore Virginia's natural heritage from the mountains to the sea with exhibits that look back at you at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Transport yourself to the steamy world of a cypress swamp, complete with alligators and snapping turtles. Find songbirds nestled in the trees around a cascading mountain waterfall and view trout in a cool mountain stream. 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 some famous Bay creatures, plus enjoy activities at four hands-on discovery centers.
See spectacular views of the sun from the new observatory and travel the universe in the planetarium theater. Outdoors, stroll the 3/4 mile elevated boardwalk to view coastal birds, bald eagles, beavers, bobcats, river otters, endangered red wolves and other animals in natural habitats, plus enjoy native plant gardens.
$22.6 million expansion created a new exhibits building with living exhibits that showcase the diversity of wildlife and the natural areas of Virginia.
3/4 mile outdoor trail with live animals in naturalized habitats, including bobcats, river otters, pelicans and endangered red wolves.
Two-level walk-through habitats of an Appalachian Mountain Cove and a Cypress Swamp.
30,000 gallon Chesapeake Bay deep water aquarium and open beach/barrier island/salt march panorama.
Touch tank and four hands-on discovery centers.
Observatory offering spectacular views of the sun.
Please Note: Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day.
Hotel pick up not included. Directions to the museum in Newport News will be provided on your E-Ticket.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
Use the form below to select the date for your reservation. Calendar defaults to first available date. Please verify your date selection prior to submitting your order.
If you are unable to select a date, it means the tour is unavailable on that date.