Living on the Water

Experience a wide variety of bird, mammal and marine animal mounts depicted in elaborate scenes, as well as actual boats and models of ships and other large marine vessels.

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.


Experience towering dinosaur skeletons in the Harvest Foundation Hall of Ancient Life.

Wednesday, May 27
Doodle Bugs! - Engineering: Technology -

VMNH offers children ages 3 to 5 the opportunity to experience natural history first-hand with the Doodle Bugs! program.

Friday, June 5
Project Wet Teacher Workshop -

Whether you’re a school teacher, a troop or pack leader, or an organization educator, Project WET® will give you tools and ideas to teach about water education.

Saturday, June 13
Science Saturdays: Gems & Minerals -

Join us every 2nd Saturday from May through August 2015 for "Science Saturdays." Meet museum curators, view fascinating collections, and learn about current and upcoming research!

Thursday, June 25
Schoolyard Botany: Meeting STEM SOLs -

“Schoolyard Botany” is a professional development workshop for K–5 educators presented by the Flora of Virginia Project and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Museum to be open Sundays May 24 through September 6

The Virginia Museum of Natural History will open its doors on Sundays from May 24 to September 6 as part of its Summer Discovery program.

Dr. Alex Hastings named assistant curator of paleontology

After an exhaustive, international search, the Virginia Museum of Natural History announces the hiring of Dr. Alex Hastings as assistant curator of paleontology.

Dr. Casey elected District Director of NSTA

Dr. Dennis A. Casey was elected District VIII Director of the National Science Teachers Association.

Huffmon Trout Notecards now available for purchase

The museum is pleased to now offer the Huffmon Trout Notecard series available for purchase at the museum and the museum's online store.

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.