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The Virginia Zoo is doing a membership swap with Mariners’ Museum. Here’s how it works

The Mariners’ Museum tested the waters on reduced admission, and it was such a big success that it is becoming permanent. (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Mariners’ Museum and Park)
The Mariners’ Museum. (WYDaily photo/Courtesy of Mariners’ Museum and Park)

The Virginia Zoo participates in membership swaps with other museums around Hampton Roads from time to time and for the month of May the zoo will be swapping memberships with The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News.

Virginia Zoo members who visit The Mariner’s Museum will enjoy free admission for up to six people each day, a 10 percent discount in the gift shop and $1 off movie tickets, according to a news release from the zoo.

Members of the zoo can also take advantage of one additional month on Mariners’ Museum memberships if they become members of the museum in May.

To enjoy that benefit, visitors need to show their current membership card and photo ID at the admissions desk.

The same goes for members of the Mariners’ Museum — they will get free admission for up to six people at the zoo and the 10 percent discount in the zoo gift shop and food service locations.

Members of the museum that also become members of the Virginia Zoo during the month of May can take advantage of a $5 discount on zoo memberships.

The Mariners’ Museum and Park is located at 100 Museum Drive, Newport News and is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here to visit the museum’s website or call 757-596-2222 for more information.

The Virginia Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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