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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, January 26
FREE Science Talk: "Your Inner Neanderthal" -

We will host a special Ice Age-themed science talk from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Walker Lecture Hall.  Dr. Noel T. Boaz, President of the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine (and founder of VMNH), will present “Your Inner Neanderthal”.  

Saturday, January 28
(NEW) Ice Age Festival -
Don't miss the first-ever Ice Age Festival at VMNH. Experience a Stegodon (LARGER relative of mammoths and mastodons), woolly rhinocerus, hands-on programs, and much more!
Wednesday, February 1
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.

Wednesday, February 8
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.

Ice Age Festival set for Saturday, January 28

On Saturday, January 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville will host its inaugural Ice Age festival, introducing visitors to some of the mammoth-size (literally) animals that once inhabited the earth thousands of years ago.

Ancient DNA extracted from 1,000-year-old extinct tortoise from the Bahamas

Dr. Alex Hastings, assistant curator of paleontology, part of unprecedented study

Long-time VMNH Friend and Supporter Passes

The Virginia Museum of Natural History recently lost a long-time friend, supporter and Trustee, Dr. Philip M. Sprinkle.

Awardees named for 30th annual Thomas Jefferson Awards

The Virginia Museum of Natural History has announced the award recipients for its 30th annual Thomas Jefferson Awards ceremony to be held Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the museum in Martinsville.

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.