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Mar 30

Spring Break 2018 Welcomes New Moray Eel Exhibit

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 12:35 PM by Communications Department

Wonders of the Sea Week and Under the Sea Party also featured

3-30 fishJoin the Virginia Living Museum for Spring Break as they celebrate Wonders of the Sea Week April 2 through April 6. Opening on April 2, the Moray Eel Exhibit is the new highlight of the museum’s World of Darkness gallery. This exhibit showcases the eel’s beautiful, strange, and unique appearances as well as its reclusive behavior. The 1,000 gallon exhibit has extensive custom rockwork complete with holes, cracks and hiding place in which morays can showcase their natural behaviors. The following special activities take place throughout Wonders of the Sea Week and are in museum admission: 

Take in “Coral Reefs: Nurseries of the Sea” conservation kiosk
View a screening of the award winning documentary “Chasing Coral”
Enjoy a sea-themed shows in the Abbitt Planetarium
Witness a scuba program and fish feeding in the Chesapeake Bay Tank
Five specialty tours will be offered though the week. Take part in the new native plant tour and a get a chance to go behind-the-scenes. Specialty tours are $12 for members and $14 for non-members, plus museum admission.

Wrap up the week with an Under the Sea Party, Saturday, April 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. It’s a costume party so come dressed in your best mermaid or pirate costume or your favorite Hawaiian shirt. Snack on tropical treats like fruit and yogurt parfaits, fish food crackers, and walk the cheese planks. Enjoy Mermaid Cove story time, dancing with pirates, walking the plank, going fishing, photo ops with mermaids and pirate, a custom scuba dive and how to save the oceans’ treasures. 

Wonders of Sea Week and the Moray Eel exhibit are included in museum admission. Tickets for Under the Sea Party are available for purchase at and are $7 for members and $12 for non-members. Ticket prices will increase to $10 for members and $15 for non-members starting April 2. For more information, visit the Virginia Living Museum online or call 757-595-1900. The Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Newport News.