Naming Opportunities

A variety of naming opportunities exist at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, from endowed curator positions to individual displays.  Giving options include major gifts, planned gifts, and multi-year pledges.  To learn more about naming opportunities at the museum, please contact us at 276-634-4163 or

$2 million

  • Endowed curator position

$1 million

  • NAMED – Harvest Foundation Hall of Ancient Life


  • Special Exhibit Hall


  • NAMED – Lee & George W. Lester, II How Nature Works gallery
  • NAMED – Mr. & Mrs. L. Dudley Walker Lecture Hall


  • Plaza
  • Eeobalanoptera whale cast – Hall of Ancient Life
  • Cera the Triceratops
  • Clawd the giant ground sloth (Lobby)
  • Distance Learning Center
  • NAMED - Estate of William F. Carter & Ella Cousins Carter Allosaurus skeleton cast - Harvest Foundation Hall of Ancient Life


  • Pollinator garden
  • Main Lobby
  • Museum Store and PALEO Café 
  • How Nature Works: Rocks 
  • How Nature Works: Life 
  • Fossil Overlook
  • Teacher Resource Center
  • NAMED – Dr. Richard L. Hoffman Recent Invertebrates Lab


  • Uncovering Virginia – Solite 
  • Uncovering Virginia – Grundy 
  • Uncovering Virginia – Carmel Church 
  • Uncovering Virginia – Saltville 
  • Archaeology Lab
  • NAMED – Bassett Furniture Foundation Graham-White exhibit
  • NAMED – Kitty Sue & Clyde Hooker Chippokes exhibit


  • 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
  • NAMED – Richard P. Gravely, Jr. Archaeology Collections Storage
  • NAMED – Charity League of Martinsville-Henry County Classroom
  • NAMED – Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Classroom
  • NAMED – George & Jean Adams Earth Sciences Lab
  • NAMED – Elster Foundation Vertebrate Paleontology Lab
  • NAMED – Hooker Furniture Discovery Reef
  • NAMED – Mammalogy Lab – In Memory of Mattie H. and Irving M. Groves, Sr. by their Grandchildren Smith and Gael Chaney
  • NAMED – Suzanne M. Lacy Education Center


  • Invertebrate Paleontology Lab
  • Marine Biology and Bryozoan (moss animal) Lab 
  • Molecular Analysis lab
  • Specimen preparation lab
  • Pteranodon
  • Sinistra whale skull (Hall of Ancient Life) 
  • Catering Kitchen
  • NAMED – Column case – In Appreciation of and to Honor All Virginia Teachers Past, Present and Future
  • NAMED – Column Case – In Honor of Nancy L. Barnett
  • NAMED – Column Case – In Honor of Caroline, Hunter, Jacob, J. B. and Caroline Frith and Peyton Drane by the J. Burness Frith Family
  • NAMED – Column Case – In Honor of Gael Chaney
  • NAMED – Column Case – In Memory of Jerry S. Chaney, given by Ruth G. Chaney
  • NAMED – Column Case – The Wilbur S. Doyle Family
  • NAMED – Column Case – Ralph and J. D. Lester
  • NAMED – Column Case – Will & Susan Pannill


  • Therapod dinosaur mural (Hall of Ancient Life)
  • Whale pod mural (Hall of Ancient Life) 
  • Moose
  • Tiger
  • Black Bear and Cubs
  • Arctic Fox
  • Sea Turtle
  • Corny the Corn Snake
  • Sheldon the Turtle
  • Cockroach colony


Endow some VMNH Secrets. Contact us at 276-634-4163 or to learn more…

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


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$5 for ages 3-17, seniors 60+, and college students
FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of ASTC participating institutions

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