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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.

Wednesday, December 5
Homeschool Science & Engineering Academy -

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is dedicated to providing engaging science and engineering programming to homeschool students. Currently, the museum offers the Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy, a series of bi-monthly programs from September to May designed to supplement students' learning and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based topics.

December 5th  -  Topic:  Marine Biology w/ LAB

Saturday, December 8
Winter Science Camp -

Children ages 6-12 have an amazing opportunity this December to learn exactly how a museum operates!  Campers will learn about the museum and participate in experiments, scavenger hunts, crafts , and much more!  Campers will even enjoy popcorn and a movie!

Camp registration is $35/camper and $30 per camper for VMNH members.  Registration deadline is December 1.

Wednesday, December 12
Doodle Bugs - Preschool Program -

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. They are the perfect opportunity for adults and grandparents to learn and have fun with their children! Programs are held at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month from September - May. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Doodle Bugs! is also available to daycare providers! A museum educator will visit your daycare to provide the Doodle Bugs! program on a day that suits your needs. Of course, the museum will also offer the program to your daycare here at the museum!

Topic for 12/12/18 - Wild Weather

Thursday, December 13
2nd Thursday Science Talks -

2nd Thursday Science Talks
The Wonder of Reinvestigating Edgar Allan Poe: Using Museum Specimens to Interpret 19th Century Death Scenes from Literature
Presented by Dr. Joe B. Keiper, Executive Director, VMNH

VMNH staff news

Includes information about new hires, staff updates, and professional service.

VMNH receives grant for family festivals

A $3,000 grant from the Hermes Family Fund of the Martinsville Area Community Foundation will provide support for museum family festivals, which have become a major draw for visitors throughout Virginia and North Carolina, as well as the east coast.

Dragon Festival held Saturday, October 20

The museum hosted the Dragon Festival on Saturday October 20, drawing over 2,500 visitors from across Virginia, North Carolina and 11 other states.  Learn more about this year's festival, and be sure to mark your calendars for the next Dragon Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Special Saturdays offer glimpse into the vaults

"Special Saturdays" programming offers visitors the opportunity to go on guided tours of the museum's scientific labs and collections areas, as well as participate in additional educational programming.

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.