Virginia Museum of Natural History


Welcome to the Virginia Museum of Natural History archaeology program. VMNH is Virginia’s state museum and repository for natural history. We are a research and collections based museum that curates millions of artifacts, fossils, rocks, minerals, and biological specimens including invertebrates, vertebrates, eggs, and nests.

In addition to an estimated ten million geological and biological specimens, VMNH curates over one million archaeological specimens (artifacts and samples). Our facilities include a wet lab for processing samples, wet screening, and washing; a Flote-Tech flotation tank with covered outside space for processing flotation samples; archaeology lab with reference collections for zooarchaeology and ceramics (prehistoric and historic); distance learning studio with video broadcast capabilities; and a research library. Space for visiting researchers is available upon request.

VMNH researchers work closely with the outreach staff to develop exhibits, educational programming, and events that incorporate our ongoing research and that fit the educational needs of a variety of audiences. To learn more about the museum visit

This web site hosts photographs of modern and archaeological animal bones, teeth, and shells. These photographs are intended to be used as an aid for identifications of some of the specimens found in the Middle Atlantic region. More photographs will be added when available.

Upcoming Events

This site is supported with funding from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Threatened Sites Program.

Friday, July 21 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2-Day Admission:  $10/adult, $8/ages 3-18, FREE for children under 3 and museum members

It's a 2-day dinosaur extravaganza, featuring a plethora of dinosaur fossils, life-size cast skeletons, games, crafts and activities! For the first time ever on public display, fossil evidence that T. rex and Triceratops engaged in battle! Life-size, cast skeletons of some of the most iconic dinosaurs to roam the earth will dawn the halls of the museum, including exhibits never displayed at the museum before, such as Stegosaurus and Triceratops.