The Robins Nature Center

Dive into a James River Experience!

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

Discover all the exciting 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 microorganisms. Made possible through the generosity of Jeanette Lipman through The Lipman Foundation in memory of her grandson, Sage MacFarlane, who loved everything in nature.
  • 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.
  • Guest Amenities – merchandise, souvenirs and a book nook in the lobby, vending, and digital access to information.

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.

Major funding for The Robins Nature Center upgrades and enhancements in 2020 was 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.

We do not accept wild or domestic animals from the public. Learn more.


SUMMER HOURS: Memorial Day – Labor Day, Tuesdays–Sundays, 10am–5pm

Advance reservations recommended. Last ticket slot 4:15pm to allow adequate time to explore the exhibits. Main gallery closes at 4:45pm.

General Admission:

  • Adult: $8
  • Adult 65+ & Child (ages 3-16): $6
  • Ages 2 & under: FREE (no ticket needed)

Maymont Members:

  • Free!

Museums for All*:

  • Free
    *with EBT card, on-site only