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The Next Best Thing to Getting Out in Newport News: Museum Edition

We may all be stuck at home for a while, but that doesn’t mean we can’t visit some of our favorite Newport News attractions – virtually, that is! Here are a few ways to still get your museum “fix” from the comfort of your own home!

The Virginia Living Museum is using its social media platforms – YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, and blog posts – to offer virtual fun all day long.  Watch as they feed their seahorses, join a horticulturist in the garden to see what’s in bloom, and visit with a baby mink who was recently rescued.

The museum also has a LIVE Otter-CAM, where you can watch otters “Moe” and “Molly” daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. These playful animals love to put on a show – whether it’s in the stream, on land and in the pool greeting visitors at the windows.

Every evening, after Moe and Molly have retreated to their private quarters (which is out of camera view), join the Virginia Living Museum for “Night Night Nature,” a bedtime story found on their Facebook page at 8 p.m.

For a complete listing of all things virtual being offered at the Virginia Living Museum, click here.

For those of you in need of a breath of fresh air, The Mariners’ Museum has designed a pirate-themed scavenger hunt that can be played by family members in their own backyards or neighborhoods.

After reminding everyone to keep a safe distance from folks they may encounter on their adventure, set the kids off to discover “buried” treasures, such as a pirate’s hook (a curved stick), jewels and precious stones (rocks and pebbles), and plundered pearls (berries). What a great way to turn a much-needed break from self-quarantine into a family-fun activity!  

The Mariners’ Museum also offers a web page that encourages visitors to explore four time periods, from the rise of earliest civilizations to the present. Called “The Ages of Exploration,” the site contains lessons, flash games, interactive maps, and printable activities.

Finally, one of the best ways to “visit” The Mariners’ Museum without leaving your home is through its YouTube page, which includes lectures, footage from special events, and even video from the inaugural walk on the Noland Trail, dating back to 1991.

As you can see, there are ways to stay in touch with Newport News’ favorite places, even from the confines of your home. Be on the lookout for our next post, which will focus on self-guided driving tours of the city!

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