Virginia Living Museum
The Virginia Living Museum offers visitors a natural history tour of the entire state of Virginia from the mountains to the sea, all in one place, all in one day. The museum exhibits more than 250 species of animals and plants found in Virginia, including 12 that are endangered or threatened. See red wolves, the most endangered mammal in north America. Touch a live horseshoe crab, an animal that was around at the time of the dinosaurs, then touch real dinosaur tracks. Explore under the Chesapeake Bay, inside a limestone cave and visit the fish and birds that live in a cypress swamp or mountain cove and touch real museum specimens in hands-on discovery centers. The museum is a great way to introduce the family to the animals that live all around them, but are not often seen. Visitors can see more wildlife during a visit to the museum than they could see in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia.
What makes this business unique? Natural history tour with animals.
- For more than 25 years, dinosaurs have been a popular summer exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum. On Oct. 15, 2016 as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the museum opened a permanent outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail.
- This permanent exhibit showcases 16 of the majestic animals that ruled our earth for more than 150 million years. Visitors walk through the woods to see realistic one-third to full-size dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The dinosaurs range in size from a mini Ankylosaur to a 16-foot-tall Brachiosaurus. There is a baby T. rex. photo op, a half-size T. rex., plus several nests and baby dinosaurs.
- The trail also includes a Paleo camp, dig pits for amateur paleontologists, and displays of dinosaur and Ice Age fossils, including an actual whale specimen from Hampton Roads.
- The $500,000 project opened on October 15, 2016 and is a permanent exhibit located just off the outdoor trail.
- This mini Jurassic Park is a testament to dinosaur tracks found in Virginia which confirms that dinosaurs are part of Virginia’s natural heritage. However, where tracks have been found, no fossils have yet to be recovered here.