Reptile Festival

Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22

Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22


Reptile Festival will take place today, Saturday, April 22, 2023! However, rain is in the forecast. While much of the festival will take place inside the museum, some festival activities will take place outside, such as the admissions gate and the food truck station. There will also be live stage presentations, a balloon animal station, and a souvenir t-shirt station that will take place outside underneath the event tent.

In the event of severe weather, the museum may need to suspend outdoor activities and ask visitors to shelter inside the museum until the weather threat passes.

Visitors are welcome to bring umbrellas. We will have umbrella storage bins inside the museum for those not wishing to carry your umbrella with you while inside. We will also have complimentary umbrella bags for visitors, if you would like to keep your umbrella with you while inside the museum.

About Reptile Festival

Rattlesnakes, copperheads, pythons, turtles, and a spectacular lineup of additional live reptiles are set to take the spotlight during Reptile Festival 2023 at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22!

See extraordinary live animals, interact with reptile experts, and participate in reptile-themed games and crafts! Balloon animals, face painting, and food trucks will be available throughout both days of the event! Admission rates apply.

Live animals include...

* Blacktail Rattlesnake
* Sidewinder Rattlesnake
* Timber Rattlesnake
* Tangerine/Albino Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
* Cottonmouth
* Eastern Copperhead
* Northern Copperhead
* Broadband Copperhead
* Cobra
* Cantil Viper
* Longnose Viper
* Puff Adder
* Eastern Rat Snake
* Leucistic Rat Snake
* Corn Snakes
* King Snakes
* King/Corn Snake Hybrid
* Ball Python
* Woma Python
* Jaguar Carpet Python
* Calabar Burrowing Python
* Boa Constrictor
* Louisiana Pine Snake
* African Egg-eating Snake
* Crowned Leafnose Snake
* Coachwhip
* American Alligator
* Bearded Dragon
* Crested Gecko
* Leopard Gecko
* Argentine Black and White Tegu
* Blue-tongued Skink
* Box Turtle
* Alligator Snapping Turtle
* American Snapping Turtle
* Musk Turtle
* River Cooter
* Cherry Head Red-footed Tortoise
* Russian Tortoise
* And more!

Special activities include...

* Reptile-Themed Games and Crafts
* Reptile Presentations
* Face Painting
* Balloon Animals

Special displays and booths include...

* VMNH Herpetology
* VMNH Paleontology
* Virginia Herpetological Society
* Virginia Master Naturalists
* VA Dept. of Wildlife Resources Reptile Division (Friday only)

On-site food options include...

* Chick-fil-a
* Bahama Sno-Shack
* Super Dogs
* Kona Ice
* D's Hot/Ice (Friday only)

**Please note that all listed animals, activities, displays, and offerings - including available food trucks - are subject to change.**

Admission is only...

$10/Ages 18-59
$5/Ages 3-17
$5/Seniors 60+

Admission is FREE for children under 3, VMNH Members, members of ASTC Passport participating institutions (membership card required), and EBT card holders who present their EBT card and official photo ID

**Admission is available at the gate. Groupons are accepted.**

Reptile Festival 2023 takes place at...

Virginia Museum of Natural History
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112

**This event takes place indoors and outdoors**

Reptile Festival Parking

Please note that all general parking for this event will be available off-site and free of charge. Disabled parking, however, will be available within the museum's parking lot. General parking will be available at the neighboring First Baptist Church (to the right of the museum) and the YMCA of Martinsville (to the left of the museum). Additional parking will be available at the Professional Arts Center located across the street from the museum and accessible by Stoneway Drive. Limited street parking will be available on Oakdale Street behind the museum. Parking will be marked by "FESTIVAL PARKING" signs.

Parking MapMap attribution: OpenStreetMap

Thank you to all Reptile Festival 2023 sponsors!

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Free admission for EBT cardholders made possible by...

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Please Visit Us Soon


Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday - Monday: Closed


$10 for ages 18-59
$5 for ages 3-17, seniors 60+, and college students
FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of ASTC participating institutions

My 4 year old son loves going to the museum. The exhibits are educational, interactive and kid-friendly.

Beth D.

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