Martinsville, Virginia


Virtual Reptile Festival (June 12-13) and Drive-thru Reptile Experience (June 13)!

Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13

Since we can't host this year's Reptile Festival at the museum, we're bringing this year's Reptile Festival to you! On Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13, the museum will be providing reptile-themed videos highlighting some of the most intriguing animals that call Virginia - and elsewhere - home! All you have to do is keep an eye on the VMNH Facebook page to see these videos posted throughout the two days! You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the videos.

From snakes (such as the Queen snake pictured) to lizards to turtles, the museum's researchers and colleagues will be showing-off some of the unique creatures of the reptile world...even fossils of reptiles long extinct! We'll even have instructional videos for reptile-themed activities and crafts you can conduct from the comfort of your own home!

Saturday, June 13 from noon to 3 p.m.

A last minute addition! Even though we can't host the Reptile Festival this year, we can still provide you with a small piece of it! On Saturday, June 13 from noon to 3 p.m., museum researchers and educators will provide several booths within the museum's parking lot, allowing visitors to drive their vehicles close enough to see several live reptiles on display, as well as multiple reptile specimens from the museum's scientific collections!

Live animals that will be on display include a 14+ foot long albino Burmese python, a ball python, corn snake, and red-eared slider.

VMNH to reopen on a limited basis beginning June 19!

After nearly 3 months since the museum had to close its doors due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to announce that the museum will reopen to visitors on a limited basis beginning Friday, June 19!

Beginning June 19, the museum will be open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed to visitors all other days.

More details, including what you should expect during your next visit, will be announced in the coming days.