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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.

Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27
Summer Camp - Dino Discovery -

Dino Discovery – Let’s travel back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the earth.  Campers will examine how fossils form and explore the museum’s dinosaur exhibit. Campers who attend this camp will gain free entry to the museum’s Dino Festival occurring the Friday and Saturday after camp ends.

For more information on our various other summer camps, please visit us at:  https://www.vmnh.net/summer-adventure-camps

Friday, July 27 - Saturday, July 28
Dino Festival -

Crowds roaring into the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 for the museum’s Dino Festival will be greeted by a plethora of real dinosaur fossils, life-sized cast skeletons, and an interactive dinosaur maze exhibit.

Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3
Summer Camp - Nature Around Us -

Nature Around Us – Be prepared to get dirty as we learn about gardening and taking care of Mother Earth. Hands-on activities will explore plants and critters in the garden, recycling and conservation, as well as tools and tips for making your garden grow.  Dress for the outdoors/messy.

For more information on our various other summer camps, please visit us at:  https://www.vmnh.net/summer-adventure-camps

Wednesday, August 15
Homeschool Open House -

Come visit us to find out more about our homeschool offerings.  We offer hands-on and engaging STEM related programs for each of our sessions in our Homeschool Science & Engineering Academy!  This is a great opportunity to meet our educators, talk about our programs, and meet other families!

VMNH staff news

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

State budget includes $250,000 to continue planning for new museum campus in Waynesboro

The Commonwealth of Virginia has provided the Virginia Museum of Natural History a $250,000 appropriation to produce detailed planning for its proposed branch campus in Waynesboro.

VMNH receives $10,000 grant for exhibit partnership

This collaborative grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will support development and installation of exhibits at Natural Bridge State Park.

Special Sunday hours May 27-September 2

From May 27 to September 2, 2018, the Virginia Museum of Natural History will be open each Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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.