Nature Center

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm (last entry at 4:45pm)
$4 youth & adults ages 13-59
$3 children ages 4-12 and seniors ages 60+
Free for Maymont members and children under 4 years old

Maymont’s Nature Center holds close to 30,000 gallons of aquaria that showcase many of the animals, aquatic and terrestrial, that inhabit the waters and land of the James River and the Chesapeake Bay. Our animals have very important roles as educational ambassadors, so come explore and learn all about them. The Discovery Room is open and available when a volunteer is present – be sure to ask Guest Services at the front desk, you don’t want to miss this hands-on learning experience!

Animal Encounters

Join us on Saturdays and Sundays for an up-close animal encounter during our public presentations and learn more about each of these animals from our animal keepers and aquarists; times may vary.

  • 11am, Meet an Aquarist during Fish Feeding
  • 1pm, Snapping Turtle Feeding
  • 3pm, Alligator Presentation

Maymont also offers unique animal experiences featuring behind-the-scenes tours. Find out more about these exclusive opportunities.

Animals at the Nature Center

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.