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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, October 20
Dragon Festival -

Don't miss the Dragon Festival at VMNH in partnership with Roanoke College and the Dragon Research Collaborative, with spectacular displays, hands-on educational activities, and engaging presentations. Learn about the connections between natural history and dragon lore across the world.

Saturday, October 27
Archaeology Day
Wednesday, November 7
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.

November 7th  -  Topic:  Lab Safety / Chemistry - Experiments

Thursday, November 8
2nd Thursday Science Talks -

2nd Thursday Science Talks
Paleolithic Cave Art and the Wonders of the Early Human View of the World
Presented by Dr. Raymond D. Dueser, Professor Emeritus, Utah State University; Visiting Scholar, University of Virginia

Dragon Festival set for Saturday, October 20

On Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the museum will host Dragon Festival, offering visitors a Renaissance Fair atmosphere where they will explore the lore of dragons, the impact these creatures have had on cultures across the globe, and the science behind the growth and dissemination of their myth.

Special Saturdays begin October 13

Saturdays at the Virginia Museum of Natural History are about to get a little bit more special, when the museum kicks-off its "Special Saturdays" programming on October 13, which 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.

VMNH receives $75,000 grant for construction of outdoor pavilion

The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) recently awarded a $75,000 grant to the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation for construction of the VMNH Outdoor Education Pavilion, a multi-use covered structure with exhibit materials interpreting the natural features and forest ecology of adjacent J. Frank Wilson Memorial Park.

Live dermestid cam now available online

Flesh-eating beetles are the stars of Virginia Museum of Natural History's 24/7 live video stream.

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.