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), primarily from southern and south central Virginia. 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

Upcoming Events

Grapes and Grains

The Virginia Museum of Natural History's “Grapes & Grains” fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with event proceeds to benefit the VMNH Foundation Discovery Fund. Donations to the Discovery Fund directly benefit important museum programs in research, education, and exhibits.

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