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May 8th, 2004

Virginia Living Museum  Newport News, VA

 It was mildly disappointing.  For kids it's great.  All I thought about was where is the grass for the animals?  The deer were foraging in dirt and dead logs.  The museum had some coming soon stuff that might have made it a little nicer.  On a nice day, it's nice to visit the outside.  Though not many animals, the area had water and trees and looked nice.  The water tanks were quite nice.  You can do this in under 2 hours. There's a discovery center for kids and a gift shop, so plan a little longer for that. I did not notice any place (nor vending machines) to eat there.  So be aware of that.  Bathrooms and water fountains were available. We did not check out the planetarium, but there was one there. Admission: Museum Only $13.00 Adults & $10.00 kids 12 and under, Planetarium $3.00, Museum & Planetarium $15.00 & $13.50 kids 12 and under (Members FREE) New addition: Laser shows (not there when we went) evening laser shows 8.00 and afternoon ones 7.00 and members are 7.00 and 3.00


From left to right:  Entrance, Bobcat, Bobcat, Coyote, Deer, Turkey and Red Fox

Items not depicted there were many birds, fish, turtles, salamanders, raccoon, bats and snakes.  Also a nice American Bald Eagle, Skunk, Opossum, and Beavers.


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May 8th, 2010

Virginia Living Museum  Newport News, VA


There were a few different things but mostly it's the same. This time, I was more thorough with what they have. There were a few more things that I didn't photograph like spiders, snakes, more birds, more fish and bees and bats. There is also a learning center where kids can reach in holes to guess what might be in them (like a furry thing or a snake). That's pretty much the whole of it. There is a gift shop and cafeteria (not many choices and food isn't so great and it's expensive).  Parking is free but the museum to get in is a bit pricey.  I thin it's up to 15-16 dollars now per adult. See their site for pricing/hours of operation etc.   They do have water fountains and rest rooms but a lot of it is outside in the open so dress accordingly, take water, wear sunscreen. What a coincidence! We went back to this museum SAME day as 6 years ago!


From left to right: 1) Entrance to the Living Museum 2) Wolf 3) Alligator 4) Beaver

From left to right: 1) Bird (don't know what it is) 2) another bird 3) Turtles 4) Horseshoe Crabs

From left to right: 1) Deer 2) Bobcat with Toy 3) Deer 4) Wolf again


From left to right: 1) Eagles 2) Fish 3) a VERY BIG fish 4) other HUGE fish


From left to right: 1) Jellyfish 2) Raccoon 3) Stingray 4) Yet another Wolf


From left to right: 1) Turkey and a Deer 2) A log for kids to play inside 3) a Turtle for kids to climb in 4) A play area for arts/crafts and art displays

From left to right: 1) a bobcat 2) a crab that the kids loved 3) a frog statue big enough for 2 and under to sit on 4) the walkway


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