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Los Gatos, California
July 15, 2005
Inside the 62,000-square-foot exhibition building are two-story, glass-covered walk-through habitats enabling visitors to immerse themselves in live displays of the different natural environments of Virginia. The building features four main gallery areas, four hands-on discovery centers, a new observatory, a double helix staircase, a glass elevator, and a large gift shop.
Summer Museum Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): Daily 9am to 6pm
Winter Museum Hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day) Monday – Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 12 noon to 5pm
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day
Phone: 1-757-595-1900 Fax: 1-757-599-4897
From journal Early American Time Travel
July 29, 2004
There were reproductions of wild habitats for animals, as well as terrariums, aquariums, underground caves and its terrain, not to mention reproductions of the Virginia landscape. Plus, there was a really nice walk along a wooden path which stretched around the facility, and we had the opportunity to see many animals, including wolves, coyotes, possums, deer, turkey, geese, beaver, among others. There were also bobcat and alligator, and at each station, there were facts about the animals posted, as well as other knowledge to keep the visitors aware of the kinds of creatures they were observing in their reproduced environs.
There were outdoor exhibits, naturally, and indoor exhibits, and following our two hour stay, we stopped into the "Wild Things Museum Store" for a couple of mementos.
We didn't get to experience some of the other features, but then, if you lived nearby, you might want to return and visit the Planetarium Theater of some of the other summer exhibits which are feature for a couple of months and then change. This was a very educational experience for our whole family.
From journal Adventures along the East Coast