Ice Age Festival

Another Ice Age is being ushered in at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Remarkable displays and fossils of long-extinct animals of the Ice Age will fill the museum! Interact with paleontologists and other Ice Age experts as you marvel over their collections! Children will have a blast taking part in Ice Age themed games and crafts throughout the day, as well as face painting and balloon animals! Some of this year's highlights include...

In 1977, a miner in Siberia discovered the mummified remains of a seven-month-old mammoth calf. Even though the calf had died 40,000 years earlier, it was astonishingly well-preserved, its trunk, skin and organs still intact after tens of thousands of years. At Ice Age Festival, the Virginia Museum of Natural History will feature a pinpoint-accurate cast replica of this remarkable animal, a snapshot of history dating back tens of thousands of years.

Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world. It split away from India about 88 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period, which allowed the plants and animals on the island to evolve in relative isolation. At Ice Age Festival, visitors will be able to see Ice Age-era fossils from Madagascar and learn how the Ice Age affected the unique creatures of this island – creatures such as a giant gorilla-sized lemur!

Images are from previous Ice Age Festivals.


The Virginia Museum of Natural History's "Wild About Cats" exhibit opens the same day as Ice Age Festival! In addition to featuring numerous mounted specimens of some of the largest and most impressive wild cats that have ever lived, the exhibit will also include fossil cat material from the Ice Age era collected from caves just a few hours away in West Virginia. Highlights include fossils from an extinct cheetah-like cat and an Ice Age jaguar!

Of course, many other Ice Age fossils from the museum's collections and other museums and universities will be on display, including an Ice Age wolf, saber-tooth cat, giant beaver and more!

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

$10 for adults ages 18-59
$5 for children and youth ages 3-17
$5 for seniors 60+
FREE for children under 3
FREE for museum members
FREE for members of ASTC participating institutions
EBT card holders who present their EBT card and official photo ID can enter the festival at the following rates: $2/adult and $1/ages 3-18.
(Admission is available at the door.)

Special thanks to Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville-Henry County Tourism, and Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County for making this event possible!

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