Visitors Center and Aquarium

  • VIMS Visitors Center & Aquarium
    VIMS Visitors Center & Aquarium  Attendees of a VIMS After Hours Lecture congregate in the Visitors Center & Aquarium.  C.Katella/VIMS
  • VIMS Visitors Center & Aquarium
    VIMS Visitors Center & Aquarium  Visitors monitor the various kinds of marine life in the observation tank.  C.Katella/VIMS
  • VIMS Visitors Center & Aquarium
    VIMS Visitors Center & Aquarium  One of VIMS' terrapins catches some "sun."  C.Katella/VIMS
  • VIMS Visitors Center & Aquarium
    VIMS Visitors Center & Aquarium  A VIMS public tour stops by the Visitors Center & Aquarium.  C.Katella/VIMS
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Located in Watermen's Hall on our Gloucester Point campus, VIMS' Visitors Center features aquaria, audiovisual displays, computer presentations, and life-sized models to help you better understand and appreciate the marine ecosystems of Chesapeake Bay. You'll also learn how VIMS research, education, and advisory service activities help sustain and enhance estuarine and coastal resources for current and future generations, both in Virginia and around the world.

The Visitors Center is open year round Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

For additional information, call (804) 684-7000.

Activity Days in VIMS' Visitors Center

Stop by the VIMS Visitor Center between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons July 11th through July 25th for hands-on activities and an up-close look at animals that live in the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries. A docent will be available in the Visitors Center to answer questions about VIMS and the exhibits. Activity Days are  family-friendly programs that are open to all ages, free of charge, and do not require a reservation. We hope to see you there! 

For additional information call 804-684-7061 or email programs@vims.edu.