Museum currently closed to visitors, all events and programs canceled or postponed through June 10, 2020

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is currently closed to visitors as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We will continue to monitor the situation to determine a date to re-open to visitors.

All programs and events through June 10, 2020 have been canceled or postponed indefinitely. Additional cancellations, postponements and schedule changes will be announced on this website.

We greatly appreciate your understanding.

A letter from Dr. Joe B. Keiper, VMNH Executive Director

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters of VMNH,

COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, is a rapidly developing public health challenge that the museum has been closely monitoring for many days.  Last week, we took the step of cancelling or indefinitely postponing all events and programs scheduled to take place at the museum through March 31, 2020 [the museum has now canceled or postponed all events and programs through June 10, 2020].  As we learn more about the virus and as additional guidance and recommendations continue to be made by the Commonwealth of Virginia and health experts, we have decided the prudent course of action is to close the museum to visitors effective today.

We take this step in an effort to not only ensure the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and employees, but to also help in aiding the important step of social distancing and slowing the spread of this virus.

While we are closed to the public, the museum's work will continue.  Our curators will remain hard at work conducting scientific research.  Our education team will continue creating exceptional programming.  Our administrative staff will continue to complete the behind-the-scenes tasks that ensure the museum continues to excel.

Any updates regarding our hours of operation, as well as any additional event and program cancellations, will be announced on the museum's website at  The museum's Facebook page is also a great resource for news and updates regarding everything going on at the museum.

We greatly appreciate your understanding during this time.

Joe B. Keiper, Ph.D.
VMNH Executive Director

Regular Hours and Days of Operation

Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday Closed (See Below)

  • Please note that the museum will be CLOSED on Saturday, April 18, as the museum prepares for the "Grapes & Grains" wine-tasting fundraiser.  Tickets to the event are available for purchase at the museum box office, online, or by calling 276-634-4162.
  • From Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend, the museum is open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • The museum has special hours during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Holidays.  Please check this website for hours of operation before visiting the museum.
  • Last admission is one half-hour before closing.
  • All hours are subject to change.  Please check for any additional closings and delays prior to your visit.

Admission Fees

Please note that the museum's admission rates have changed as of 11/1/19.

  • $10/Ages 18-59
  • $5/Ages 3-17
  • $5/Seniors ages 60+
  • FREE for children under 3
  • FREE for museum members
  • FREE for members of ASTC participating institutions

Group Rates (10+)

$5 per adult (18-59)
$3 for children and youth (3-17), seniors (60+) and college students
Free for members and children under 3

Museums for All Logo

Museums for All
VMNH is participating in the Museums for All Initiative, offering discounted admission to low-income families. Those who present an EBT card and accompanying ID at the Box Office receive reduced admission rates of $2 for adults (18+) and $1 for children (under 18). Learn more about the program at


 Planning Your Visit

ASTC Passport Program
The Virginia Museum of Natural History is pleased to be a part of the ASTC Passport Program (Association of Science-Technology Centers). The program allows members to sample some of the world's most exciting science centers and museums when they're on vacation or visiting family and friends--and to save money while doing it. Families and adults who are members of their local science centers or museums receive free general admission to the Virginia Museum of Natural History. To take advantage of this opportunity, visitors must present their membership card to a participating ASTC Passport Program institution at the box office upon arrival. Some restrictions apply. 

ASTC Passport Participant List (PDF).

Museum Tours
The museum is a self-guided facility. Although the museum does not currently offer tours to the general public, tours may be available to groups of 15 or more, depending on availability. To inquire about the possibility of a tour for your group, please call the museum at 276-634-4141 at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled visit. 

Visitors with Disabilities
The museum can provide assistive interpretation for visitors with disabilities. The interpreter is scheduled by appointment only. If an interpreter is needed, please call the museum two weeks prior to the visit.  The museum has a manual wheelchair available for use free on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). If a wheelchair is needed, please ask the box office staff for assistance. A passenger elevator is also available. 

Camera Policy
The museum strives to make every visitor's experience fun, educational and memorable.  All visitors are encouraged to bring a camera with them to help remember their visit. The museum does reserve the right to restrict or prohibit camera use when necessary, at its discretion, to ensure the safety and enjoyment of visitors and to ensure the safety and efficiency of museum operations. If photographs, video or any other forms of recording might be used for reasons other than private use, the museum requires visitors to inform the box office upon arrival.

Rent the Museum
Education Program Guide