Virginia Living Museum


A fine introduction to Virginia's terrestrial and aquatic life, set in naturalistic ecosystems. The complex comprises open-air animal enclosures, an outdoor dinosaur discovery trail, an aviary, gardens, and a planetarium.

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1.12 MILES

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18.41 MILES

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8. Art Museums

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