Museums in Newport News, VA


Explore the depths of the ocean at these amazing maritime museums in Newport News!

Virginia Living Museum

Don’t let the word “museum” fool you. Much of what you see at the Virginia Living Museum is very alive and interactive. Thee is no better place to experience Virginia’s rich natural heritage from the mountains to the sea.The museum is part zoo, nature park, aquarium, botanical garden, planetarium and science center. At the Virginia Living Museum, you can:

  • View 250 species of animals
  • Discover native Virginia animals in naturalized habitats
  • Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Enter an aviary of coastal birds
  • See spectacular views of the sun fro, the observatory
  • Voyage across the galaxies in a state-of-the-art planetarium theater
  • Learn how to build, live and garden “green”
  • Role play as an animal keeper or vet

Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium Theater:

  • 71 seats
  • State-of-the-art digital full screen projection system
  • Armchairs
  • Special programs including the Spirit of America Laser Show, The Pluto Show and Virginia Skies

CONTACT INFORMATION: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 757-595-1900  

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Dedicated to the culture, history and science of the sea, The Mariner’s Museum and Park is one of the largest maritime museums in the world. The 90,000 square foot building is home to a variety of exhibition galleries including an International Small Craft Center and the well-known USS Monitor Center. Surrounding the museum is a 550 acre park with a 167 acre Lake Maury and a 5 mile trail along the shore with 14 bridges known as the Noland Trail. At the museum you can find:

  • Priceless artifacts
  • Small craft from around the world
  • The incredible story of the USS Monitor
  • Maritime art
  • Handcrafted ship models
  • Explorers Theater— A 3D film movie theater featuring new movies year round
  • Picnic tables by the Lions Bridge
  • Paddle boats to explore Lake Maury

There are also special events such as:

  • Thursdays by the Lake— A live music concert series by Lake Maury
  • Maritime Mondays— Engaging and educational activities for children
  • Coffee Days— On the second Saturday of every month March through August enjoy coffee related art workshops for families

CONTACT INFORMATION: 100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 757-596-2222      

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