Virginia Museum of Natural History

21 Starling Ave, Martinsville, VA 24112 21 Starling Ave, Martinsville Directions
Today 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed All Hours
+12766344141
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It might be time to switch up your regular weekend routine. Martinsville's Virginia Museum of Natural History, VA has you covered. This place is a place you'll love to visit, so don't wait around, give them a call today!

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Report | 3 months ago
Well worth the money! Great way to spend a couple hours with little ones. Staff was super friendly.
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Report | 4 months ago
Not quite what I expected but we still enjoyed it. The lady in the gift shop was extremely nice and I would go back and visit again. They had a lot of interesting animals mounted on the walls and the dinosaurs were really cool.
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Report | 4 months ago
Small enough to not be overwhelming, but has enough to explore for a couple of hours.
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Report | 4 months ago
An amazing place my daughter, granddaughter and I really enjoyed the experience.
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Report | 4 months ago
We took our kids (ages 4.5 & 3.5) over Christmas break since it was raining. We had a blast. The kids loved the dinosaur bones, animals, & small play area.
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Report | 5 months ago
Great for Birthday Party's
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Report | 7 months ago
Great for archaeology buffs and animal lovers
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Report | 8 months ago
great interactive displays for kids
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Report | 8 months ago
Leave plenty of time. Lots to see.
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Report | 9 months ago
Just go!!! This is a jewel right here in our own backyard. The museum is fantastic & the employees are so welcoming & helpful. We had a wonderful time & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves & learned a lot without much effort! :)
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Before visitors to the Virginia Museum of Natural History greet any tour guides or scientists, they have to meet the doorman—a towering allosaurus skeleton looming just inside the glass-walled main entrance. Once inside the Hall of Ancient Life, they peer into tall windows to see scientists and their assistants cleaning, categorizing, and playing catch with each animal fossil. Though founded less than 30 years ago as a private foundation, the museum and its staff have assembled more than 10 million specimens in seven collections, which cover vertebrate paleontology, marine science, geology, and archaeology.

At the Uncovering Virginia exhibit, recreations of six Virginia research and dig sites draw visitors into 700 million years of local history. Interactive displays include the modern Grundy site coal mine, complete with tracks, carts, and buildings. When visitors push a button, the display shifts—altering through video animation and changing physically as museum curators channel the power of Zeus—to reveal what the site looked like as a 300 million-year-old swamp. The Hahn Hall of Biodiversity looks into the world of African animals, boasting full-body mounts of a lion and antelopes. Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Discovery brings in skeletal casts of dinosaurs displayed alongside a dinosaur-themed maze to puzzle children, adults, and adult-sized children.

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