Virginia Museum of Natural History

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Curators & scientists maintain museum with more than 10 million specimens & interactive exhibits, with free admission & events for members

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$25 for an individual museum-membership package (a $50 total value)

  • One-year admittance for the holder and one guest (a $40 value)
  • $10 gift card valid at the Paleo Café or at the gift shop<p>

$32 for a family museum-membership package (a $65 total value)

  • One-year admittance for all members of one’s immediate family (a $55 value)
  • $10 gift card valid at the Paleo Café or at the gift shop<p>

Both memberships grant customers unlimited admission for one year and free or reduced admission to more than 200 other museums and science centers. Membership also comes with various discounts, as well as invitations to members-only events. The family membership also includes two museum passes for guests and a 15% discount on educational programs and science camps.<p>

Virginia Museum of Natural History

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.

Customer Reviews

Great museum, staff was very helpful. We enjoyed our visit immensely!
Sheila R. · 5 hours ago
We had a great afternoon visit to The Virginia Museum of Natural History. An hour or two is sufficient to get through the exhibits. We really enjoyed looking at the African animals exhibit and the journey through Virginia history exhibits!
Seth D. · 8 days ago
Very friendly staff nice place for the family
Chelsie D. · September 11, 2016
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    21 Starling Ave

    Martinsville, VA 24112

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