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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.

Saturday, September 23
Smithsonian Museum Day @ VMNH -

Smithsonian Museum Day Live! provides free 1-day admission to visitors with a Museum Day pass. Museum Day passes are available for download beginning August 25.

Sunday, September 24
Sunday, September 24
Museum Closed
Sunday, October 1
Museum Closed

Jefferson Awards nominations now open

The museum is now accepting nominations for the 31st annual Thomas Jefferson Awards to be held February 15, 2018 at the Library of Virginia.

VMNH receives $16,000 grant for festivals

The grant from the Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr., Charitable Foundation Trust will support the 2017-2018 “Educational Festivals Initiative.”

VMNH staff updates

Includes information about new hires, staff updates, and professional service.

Eclipse viewing at VMNH

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce that it will serve as a solar eclipse viewing venue on Monday, August 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the first 100 visitors receiving free eclipse viewing glasses.

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.