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Virginia Museum of Natural History


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About Us

As the state's museum of natural history serving the entire Commonwealth and beyond, VMNH has award-winning exhibits, ground-breaking scientific research and collections, and innovative educational programs for all ages. With its outreach education programs, online resources, and traveling exhibits and displays, the Virginia Museum of Natural History is truly an institution without walls.

VMNH Mission: To interpret Virginia's natural heritage within a global context in ways that are relevant to all citizens of the Commonwealth.

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  • Accredited by the American Association of Museums, a distinction earned by fewer than 5% of museums across the U.S.
  • Celebrated the opening of its new museum in March 2007, drawing visitors from all 50 states and 20 countries
  • Scientific research at VMNH focuses on studies of paleontology, biology, geology, and archaeology.
  • The museum's innovative education programs reach students, teachers, and the general public throughout the region.
  • VMNH features award-winning permanent and temporary exhibits both at the museum and through remote sites.


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