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, April 20
Grapes & Grains Gala -

Grapes & Grains Gala

Wednesday, May 1
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.

May 1  -  Topic:  Meteorology

Wednesday, May 8
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 5/8/19 - Little Builders

Thursday, May 9
2nd Thursday Science Talk -

2nd Thursday Science Talk:  "Tree Squirrel Secrets Revealed: The Wonder of Mechanisms for Survival in Forests"
Presenter:  Dr. Nancy D. Moncrief, Curator of Mammalogy, VMNH

Request for Proposals: Pete Henika Memorial Fund

Committee accepting applications through April 19 for 2019 Graduate Student Research Award.

VMNH staff news

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

VMNH receives $10,000 gift from Boxley for education collaborative

The Virginia Museum of Natural History recently received a gift of $10,000 from Boxley Materials Company for an education collaborative that will include a combination of outreach education programs in schools and field trips to Boxley quarries.

VMNH announces campaign to design and create life-sized model of largest bird to ever fly

The Virginia Museum of Natural History has announced a $25,000 campaign to fund the creation of the first-ever, life-sized model of Pelagornis sandersi, an extinct species of bird that had the largest wingspan of any known bird to have ever flown.

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