Virginia Museum of Natural History

Virginia Museum of Natural History
Megalonyx jeffersonii (Jefferson's Ground Sloth), discovered by Thomas Jefferson.
The 'Hahn Hall of Biodiversity' opened at VMNH in 2010.
An exhibit featuring a 500-million-year-old stromatolite specimen is on display in The Great Hall. The stromatolite, which measures 6 feet in diameter and weighs over 2 tons, garnered national attention after its discovery in May 2008 at the Boxley Blue Ridge Quarry in Roanoke, Virginia.
Virginia Museum of Natural History
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
Region Southern Virginia
Locality Martinsville City
Phone: (276) 634-4141
Fax: (276) 634-4199

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.

Last Updated: 6/23/2015 9:56 AM
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