January 19 – April 21, 2019
In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of Virginia and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement. Little did they know that less than half of them would survive the year in this new wilderness. Do you have what it takes to survive? Take a step back into history to find out. American Adventure delivers an effective learning experience. Survival is based on visitor knowledge and ingenuity but also the abilities and priorities of chosen identity.
Learn more about the American Adventure exhibit HERE
Military Child Weekend
April 13 & 14
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
We honor our Military Families and Children with special admission, membership and store discounts!
Conditions: Must show proof of service, Military Id, Veterans Card or DD214 form
Enjoy these benefits:
$20 off all membership levels
50% off admission for every Military Child
20% off Wild Things Museum Store for Military who are also VLM Members
10% off Wild Things Museum Store for Military who are NOT VLM Members
Jamestown Settlement Interpreter – April 13
A historical interpreter from Jamestown Settlement will join the AMERICAN ADVENTURE Maze/Exhibit for a day of educational presentations. Costumed interpreters will display animal hides, demonstrate how to start a fire and make cordage, bows and arrows!
- 9am-5pm Jamestown Settlement Historical Interpreters in AMERICAN ADVENTURE Maze/Exhibit
- 11am Bone/Tool Demonstration on Main Floor
- 2:30pm Hunting Demonstration in Conservation Garden
EGG Hunt on the Dino Trail!
April 20, 2019 first hunt begins at 10AM
Children can hunt for fun-filled EGGS hidden outdoors on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail!
Bring your own basket. Eggs contain age appropriate surprises (toys/candy).
There are 4 hunts, each will run no more than 15-20 minutes, each for a different age range.
You MUST register to participate! EACH is a different age range.
Capacity: 50 child participants in each age range per hunt. Parents/guardians may observe or assist as needed.
Cost: Included in admission.
No strollers are allowed in egg hunt area, no pushing, no shoving. We ask for your best Dino manners!
Celebrate Earth Day
April 20th from 9am-5pm
Celebrate Earth Day with special activities for our animals and guests. Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Visit the Goodson Living Green House and Conservation Garden for green building and gardening tips. Several environmental/governmental organizations will have displays and information about conservation measures.
There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways, “green” vendors, and earth-friendly animal shows.
Bring your batteries, old sneakers and plastic bags for recycling.
Cost: Included in Admission. Members free.
Check out the full schedule here https://thevlm.org/events/museum-events/celebrate-earth-day/
Looking for some Saturday night fun? Start with a planetarium program. Then experience a sensory extravaganza as laser shows provide music to both the eyes and ears every second Saturday of the month. The museum has an incredible laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light all across the entire surface of the dome. It’s the most amazing light show you’ve ever seen! Plus, there’s music to suit every taste. Different bands are featured every month. Click here to see the play lists for this Saturday’s 4 shows – Virginia Skies, Laser Pop, The Vision Bell and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
Dinosaur Discovery Trail
Always so many things to do at the Virginia Living Museum inside AND outside! Check out their playground behind the planetarium, or dig for bones in the huge Dino Discovery outdoor area with life sized Dinosaurs! Animals from fish, snakes, alligator, birds, otters, wolves and eagles. Have lunch, catch a planetarium show and don’t forget a little stop in the awesome museum gift store!
Virginia Living Museum
524 J Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News, Virginia 23601