VMNH Discovery Kits

VMNH Discovery Kits LogoEven though VMNH is currently unable to host education programs, we can still bring VMNH education programs to you! The museum's education team has created 5 separate Discovery Kits that explore a variety of topics, from paleontology to food webs to life cycles.

Please contact us at discover@vmnh.virginia.gov or call (276) 634-4187 for more details. VMNH Discovery Kits may be purchased for $20 (pick up at VMNH) or shipped to a location for $30.

Available Kits

A list of currently available kits available for purchase is below. Please contact us at discover@vmnh.virginia.gov or call (276) 634-4187 for more details.

Junior Paleontologist Kit

Start your own collection with this fossil identification kit!Junior Paleontologist Kit Image

Kit Contents Include:

  • Bag of assorted fossils
  • Fossil identification book
  • Magnifying glass
  • Virginia State Fossil - Chesapecten jeffersonius

Owl Pellet Dissection Kit

Learn about food chains by dissecting owl pellets!Owl Pellet Dissection Kit Image

Kit Contents Include:

  • 2 owl pellets
  • Bone ID sheet
  • Ziplock bag for bones
  • 2 toothpicks (to aid with dissection)
  • Information sheet - “What Is An Owl Pellet?”

Bugs in a Box Kit

Explore insect life cycles with mealworms!Bugs in a Box Kit

Kit Contents Include:

  • Bug viewer with magnifying top
  • Small plastic container of oatmeal that contains 5 mealworms
  • Small piece of carrot (food for mealworms)
  • Worksheet
  • Piece of paper and piece of plastic
  • 2 small pieces of paper towel
  • Life cycle craft with 1 paper fastener

Flying High Kit

Experiment with variables and water ratio to explore the height of film canister rockets! Flying High Kit Image

Kit Contents Include:

  • 1 film canister
  • 3 alka seltzer tablets
  • Experiment chart


Let's Make a Fossil Kit

Create a cast (replica) of a fossil shark tooth or seashell!Let's Make a Fossil Kit Image

Kit Contents Include:

  • Playdough
  • Shark tooth
  • Sea shell
  • 2 small cups 
  • 2 toothpicks
  • Plaster
  • Example fossil image
  • Please note that cooking spray is needed for this kit and is not included.
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