Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, VA

The Virginia Living Museum celebrates 50 years

The Virginia Living Museum is celebrating 50 years of connecting people to nature with a full year of special exhibits and events.

Through April 17, students can explore super-sized animatronic bugs in the BIG BUGS exhibit. Designed to showcase a bug’s life and why bugs are important, the exhibit also includes a display of live invertebrates and beautiful color photographic banners by award-winning Harvard entomologist, photographer and author Piotr Naskrecki.

“This exhibit will bring you eye-to-eye with the earth’s ‘smaller majority,’ the 99% of animal life that are smaller than a human finger!” said Deputy Director Fred Farris. “Insects are the pollinators, undertakers, leaf litter sweepers, garbage collectors, soil conditioners and natural fertilizer producers of nature.”

The bugs exhibit will be followed on May 7 with large animatronic dinosaurs and on Oct. 15 with a permanent outdoor dinosaur trail.

The museum also continues its tradition of offering students STEM science discoveries that simply can’t be duplicated in a school classroom.

The museum is the mid-Atlantic region’s premier science education facility where science and nature really come to life. Nowhere else can your students explore all of Virginia’s physiographic regions in a day and encounter more than 250 living native species of animals and plants exhibited in their natural habitats.

The museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits are carefully designed to reinforce Virginia’s Standards of Learning for Science (SOLs) and national science standards. Every exhibit focuses on an important concept: Virginia’s physiographic regions, animal and plant adaptations, endangered and threatened species, environmental conservation, food chains and webs, predator/prey relationships and much more.

Students can pick up and examine real natural history specimens like sea turtle ribs, mammal pelts and fossils in four hands-on Discovery Centers. The Living Green environmental house and surrounding Conservation Garden showcase the most innovative environmentally friendly construction techniques. Botanical gardens throughout the grounds are planted with native wildflowers that attract butterflies and many other pollinators. Along the outdoor boardwalk trail that leads through shady woodland exhibits students will encounter rare red wolves, bald eagles, stately herons, egrets, brown pelicans and other wetland birds, playful river otters and so much more.

To enhance the educational impact of your visit, the museum also offers a full menu of formal school programs that support STEM education in all grade levels, taught by a professional faculty of scientist/instructors. All school programs are grade-level targeted, fully correlated to Virginia SOLs and national standards, and combine inquiry-based investigations with real museum specimens and live animals for an unforgettable learning experience.

For more information call 757-595-9135.

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