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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.

Saturday, September 22
Smithsonian Museum Day Live! at VMNH -

Smithsonian Museum Day Live! at VMNH, providing free 1-day admission to visitors with a Museum Day pass (available for download beginning August 2018)

Saturday, September 22
Forensic Science Day -

National Forensic Science Week takes place September 16 - 22 and the museum is celebrating by hosting its first-ever Forensic Science Saturday on September 22!  Special activities will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the museum, including fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, forensic entomology, and footprint analysis!  Best of all, anyone with a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day ticket can participate in the activities - and view all the museum's exhibit galleries - for free!

Wednesday, October 3
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.

Topic for 10/3/18 - Plants (with lab)


Wednesday, October 10
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 10/10/18 - Awesome Animals


VMNH receives $97,637 federal grant

The Virginia Museum of Natural History has received a grant of $97,637 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Due to Hurricane Florence, the museum is offering free admission on Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Waynesboro Science Talks Series Begins September 11

The 2018-19 season of the "Waynesboro Science Talks" series kicks-off Tuesday, September, 11 at 6 p.m., when Dr. Eaton, professor of geology and environmental science at James Madison University, presents "The unique geology of the Waynesboro/Augusta County region and why it is important to us" at the Historic Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Scholarships now available for Martinsville and Henry County schools

VMNH receives $10,000 grant from The Harvest Foundation to provide free museum educational programming to schools in Martinsville and Henry County schools

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.