To interpret Virginia's natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all citizens of the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History is a place where scientific research about the Commonwealth of Virginia's natural history and public understanding merge and is an agency of the Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Exhibits, outreach programs and publications translate the findings of the Museum curators' scientific research into easily understood language and concepts. The Museum curators 'speak to the earth' and teach its lessons to all Virginians.
Located in Martinsville, Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Natural History manages an outreach education program in the Charlottesville/Central Virginia region. The Museum serves nearly one million people annually through on-site and traveling exhibitions, classroom outreach programs, web site and public events. Its mission is to increase understanding of and appreciation for the natural resources of the Commonwealth through education, research, collections, publications and exhibits.