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Virginia Living Museum introduces new interactive app for museum guests

The Virginia Living Museum's mastodon fossil collection was recently named Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Virginia Living Museum)
The Virginia Living Museum’s mastodon fossil collection was named Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Virginia Living Museum)

The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is upping its technology game with a new app.

The app was launched July 23 and features interactive maps, animal descriptions, a daily calendar and more, the museum announced in a news release.

The app is available free for both iPhone and Android users.

Museum guests can use the app’s GPS and interactive map function to navigate through the museum’s outdoor and Dinosaur Discovery trails, as well as the museum itself.

The app will also list events, membership and ticket information, the latest exhibit information and more museum-related news. 

“The VLM App will help our guests better navigate the campus and also helps eliminate paper maps,” said Rebecca Kleinhample, Virginia Living Museum executive director. “This is yet another way to provide a wonderful guest experience while also conserving and preserving our natural resources.”

App users can set up notifications on their devices so they can receive the latest news and opportunities from the museums.

Museum admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children. Kids ages 2 and younger are free.

Sarah Fearing
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