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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.

Sunday, October 1
Museum Closed
Wednesday, October 4
Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy -

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is dedicated to providing engaging science and engineering programming to homeschool students. Currently, the museum offers the Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy, a series of bi-monthly programs from September to May designed to supplement students' learning and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based topics.

Sunday, October 8
Museum Closed
Tuesday, October 10
VMNH Science Talk (in Waynesboro) -

VMNH Science Talk at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, VA; “VA South River and Shenandoah River Water Quality,” presented by Dr. Tom Benzing of James Madison University

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.