Virginia Living Museum
The Virginia Living Museum will continue to be the premiere learning laboratory to showcase Virginia’s natural and living resources so that people, of all ages and in future generations, will understand and protect the balance of our natural world.
The purpose of the Virginia Living Museum shall be to stimulate knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the biological and physical world, and to develop an understanding of its relationship to the environment of the planet and the universe beyond. This shall be accomplished by providing a variety of living interpretive exhibits and education programs for the public, students and educators that encourage a commitment to protection and conservation of our natural world and its delicately balanced components.
Our first time - we decided to get a membership. If you have young children you can definitely spend a whole afternoon there. It's very nice and has plenty of play areas and things for little kids to touch, hear, and play with. We really enjoyed our time there. I wasn't able to go to the planetarium, but I can't wait for the next star party. (When the planetarium and observatory are open at night). Cafe had decent food at good prices. Nice shop with lots of fun things and jewelry.
My family loves this place. We often spend hours in the play vet clinic downstairs. The dinosaur park is another favorite. There is always something to do here rain or shine. From stargazing to gardening they have such fun interactive learning play stations we couldn't ask for more.
We were visiting here using the reciprocity program (so it was free). Great museum with lots of ecological information, but not info heavy. Lots of hands in for the kids and the staff was friendly and helpful. It was rainy and chilly when we were there, but braved the outside areas anyways. We were not disappointed animals were out and active the area is very handicap friendly and nicely maintained. Definately recommend a visit.
The living museum never fails to be a fun visit! Plus we always learn something. Their rotating exhibits have been big hits with our 4 year old, especially Wolf to Woof and the current Lego exhibit. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The facilities are clean and the cafe offers yummy, cooked to order food! If you want someplace that will keep the kids entertained for multiple visits and a place the adults will love as well, you just can't go wrong with the VLM.
Went for the birthday celebration. This place is big, and super nice. we got to see the wolves being fed. Kids loved it.