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Virginia Museum of Natural History

Heritage & History

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.

Quick Facts:

  • VMNH is accredited by the American Association of Museums, a distinction earned by fewer than 5% of museums across the U.S.
  • VMNH became a state agency in 1988.
  • The museum celebrated the opening of its new world-class facility in March 2007, drawing visitors from all 50 states and 20 countries.
  • The VMNH Foundation's annual Thomas Jefferson Awards honor Virginia businesses, groups and individuals for their contributions to and support for natural science.
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