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Hall of Ancient Life

The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont Hall of Ancient Life greets visitors as the first exhibit gallery with a vast assortment of fascinating displays of ancient creatures and modern science.

Uncovering Virginia

Walk through Virginia's natural history from beginning to present inside the museum's Uncovering Virginia exhibit gallery.

Hahn Hall of Biodiversity

The Hahn Hall of Biodiversity features spectacular African mammal collections, including antelopes, a lion, a hyena, a leopard and more.

Thursday, December 8
2nd Thursday Science Talk -

J. Christopher Ludwig, Chief Biologist, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, will present “The Virginia Natural Heritage Program’s inventory of the Commonwealth’s biodiversity conservation needs”.

Saturday, December 10
Youth Curator Camp -

Youth Curator Camp is an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to learn about the museum while participating in fun, hands-on activities and programs.

Wednesday, December 14
Doodle Bugs! -

VMNH offers children ages 3 to 5 the opportunity to experience science and engineering first-hand with the Doodle Bugs! program. The hour-long programs include imaginative stories, fun activities, games and crafts that spark creativity and curiosity.

Wednesday, December 21
Homeschool Science & Engineering Academy -

VMNH offers engaging science and engineering programs for home school students. Programs are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6-14.

"The Year of Discovery"

Join us throughout 2017 as we celebrate The Year of Discovery.

Jefferson Awards nominations open

Nominations for the 30th annual Thomas Jefferson Awards are open through Dec. 6.

Museum receives $17,000 grant for new Ice Age exhibit

New exhibit to feature giant short-faced bear, dire wolf skeletons.

VMNH curator featured in UK documentary "Prehistoric Megabeasts: Croc vs Snake"

Paleontologist Dr. Alex Hastings was recently featured in the documentary "Prehistoric Megabeasts: Croc vs Snake", which debuted in the United Kingdom on the British public service television broadcaster, Channel 4.

The mission of the Virginia Museum of Natural History is to interpret Virginia's natural heritage
within a global context in ways that are relevant to all citizens of the Commonwealth.