Dive into a New James River Experience!

Thu-Sun, 10am-4pm, beginning July 2
The Robins Nature Center reopens to the public on Thursday, July 2! Enjoy active play, exploration, native animals, and more. Tickets must be purchased online and will be available in 45-minute time slots with limited capacity for entry. Maymont members have early access during special preview days, June 25-28. Parking and entry are located at 2201 Shields Lake Drive in Richmond.

Daily admission

Free for Maymont Members!
$8 for adults and youth ages 13 and older
$6 for children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 65 and older
Free for children ages 2 and under

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Themed “Run of the River,” the $2.3 million project highlights the remarkable ecology of the James River located along Maymont’s southern border in Richmond. The new experience also emphasizes the natural history of the area and environmental stewardship opportunities for the community.

Discover all the exciting new features:

  • River Reach – A 34-foot-tall centerpiece sculpture that inspires active play and learning within a series of netted rising platforms that depict microscopic river organisms. Made possible through the generosity of Jeanette Lipman through The Lipman Foundation in memory of her grandson, Sage MacFarlane, who loved everything in nature.
  • Freshwater Interactive Animation – An extraordinary multimedia experience that replicates lifelike interactions with animals and water in a river environment. A collaboration of the Digital Life Project, the Natural History Museum at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Richard Lewis Media Group.
  • Digital Pool Touch Stations – Two virtual shallow pools with touch responsiveness, teeming with wildlife and native plants waiting to be discovered.
  • Run of the River, Activity and Exploration – Lively recreation with rocks to climb, a beaver lodge to visit, a kayak to hop in, and other playful pursuits.
  • Run of the River, Education and Inspiration – Giant river murals, vividly illustrated facts and figures, animal models, and other engaging information about the river ecosystem.
  • My James River Learning Tools – Fun facts, short videos and river trivia in an entertaining app on multiple screens.
  • Dynamic Fish Identification – Realistic digital animal illustrations to identify the aquatic and terrestrial life in the aquariums, learn about their remarkable abilities and instincts, and test your water wisdom.
  • Enhanced Guest Amenities – More merchandise, souvenirs and a book nook in the lobby, improved vending, and digital access to information.
  • Aquarium Upgrades – Improved habitats and heating systems for the fish, turtles and other animals and new lighting that allows better visibility for guests.

The Robins Nature Center, a 29,000-square-foot attraction, is the largest facility of its kind in central Virginia and holds close to 30,000 gallons of aquaria showcasing animals of the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Approximately 45,000 guests – including tens of thousands of local students – visit for hands-on environmental education each year.

This renovation is the capstone project of Maymont’s $26 million dollar Spirit of Generosity capital and endowment campaign. Major funding for The Robins Nature Center upgrades and enhancements is provided by Moses D. Nunnally, Jr. Charitable Trust, The Lipman Foundation, Beirne Carter Foundation, Mary Anderson Harrison Foundation, Barbara A. Peers Trust, and Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust.

Become a Member

Become a Maymont member to receive free admission to The Robins Nature Center. Join today for an opportunity to attend members preview days (registration required; limited capacity), and enjoy unlimited visits year round without a fee. Maymont members also receive additional benefits including special discounts and early registration for events, programs and camps, a $25 discount on birthday party packages and a 10% discount on Maymont souvenirs.

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Animals at The Robins Nature Center

Adopt an Animal

You don’t have to spend a fortune to help care for your furry, feathered and finned friends at Maymont, and your symbolic adoption will benefit the animals plus the thousands of guests who visit and learn from them each year. Symbolic adoptions make great gifts for anyone who loves animals and are a unique way for a business or club to give back to the community. They also serve as educational tools for students. Best of all, you can visit your adopted animal at Maymont and see the results of your generous support. For more information, email us or call 804-358-7166, ext. 330. Find out more.

Animal Rescue

We do not accept wild or domestic animals from the public. All wild animals in our care at Maymont have come through licensed rehabilitators and agencies. These animals were orphaned or sustained permanent injuries that prevent them from surviving in the wild. Our possession and exhibition of migratory bird(s) is by permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you have an injured or orphaned animal that needs human care and intervention, email ARK (Area Rehabbers Klub)  or call 804-598-8380. Or look for a licensed rehabilitator in your area on the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website.