Planting the seeds for tomorrow’s growth

Gifts to the VMNH Legacy Endowment provide long-term income for the museum’s education, exhibits, and scientific research programs while improving education, quality of life, and economic growth across the region. Funds in the VMNH Legacy Endowment are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. A portion of the annual earnings is used to support the museum’s programs in education, exhibits, and scientific research. The rest of the earnings are reallocated back into the fund’s principal to ensure the endowment continues to grow and yield more interest for future support.


Special Exhibit Hall

Research Library

Eeobalanoptera whale cast – Hall of Ancient Life
Allosaurus skeleton cast – Hall of Ancient Life
Cera the Triceratops
Clawd the giant ground sloth - Lobby
Distance Learning Center
Pollinator garden Main lobby
Museum Store and PALEO Café
How Nature Works: Rocks
How Nature Works: Life
Fossil Overlook
Teacher Resource Center

Uncovering Virginia – Solite
Uncovering Virginia – Grundy
Uncovering Virginia – Carmel Church
Archaeology Lab

Dinosaur and fossil animal (Vertebrate Paleontology) Storage
Fossil shell (Invertebrate Paleontology) Storage
Pickled animal (Wet Biology) Storage
Bugs and bones (Dry Biology) Storage
“Dirty” Lab

Invertebrate Paleontology Lab
Marine Biology and Bryozoan (moss animal) Lab
Molecular Analysis lab
Specimen preparation lab
Sinistra whale skull (Hall of Ancient Life)
Catering Kitchen

Therapod dinosaur mural (Hall of Ancient Life)
Whale pod mural (Hall of Ancient Life)
Black Bear and Cubs
Arctic Fox
Sea Turtle
Corny the Corn Snake
Sheldon the Turtle
Cockroach colony
Science image analysis station

$10,000 - Endow some VMNH Secrets. Contact us at 276-634-4163 or information@vmnh.virginia.gov to learn more…

How do we make a skeleton?
VMNH has Southside Virginia's largest chamber of horror...
Where do we store secrets yet unlocked?
We have many ones-of-a-kind... This one is our biggest...
How did we find an animal locked in stone?
We have a 750-legger...
We have a gem of a specimen...
We have true crime scene first responders...

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