Summer Public Tours

Get a behind-the-scenes look at VIMS

Reserve space on our public tours to learn more about VIMS. These 1.5 hour guided walking tours are most interesting for adults and older children (9 and up welcome). All include a guided tour of VIMS’ Visitor Center, a visit to a laboratory, and the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection, Oyster Hatchery, or Teaching Marsh. No Charge. All tours are 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Space is limited and reservations must be made at least two days in advance. Choose the tour/date of your choice and register below.  Need assistance? Call 804-684-7061.

Friday, June 16 - See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab: watch live animals in VIMS' Visitor Center and hear about related research; and tour the Oyster Hatchery to learn about the breeding and feeding of oyster brood stock. 

Friday, June 23Speak with a scientist to learn about pollutants in our food and household furnishings, and see the equipment used to detect these toxins; get an up-close view of live animals in VIMS' Visitors Center and hear about related research; and tour the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection (preserved fisheries collection) with over 300,000 specimens from Appalachian mountain streams, Chesapeake Bay, and around the world. This tour is full. You may join our waitlist.

Friday, July 7 - Visit the Seawater Research Lab – the state-of-the-art facility, including its bio-hazard rooms and capability of pumping in 900 gallons of seawater every minute; see live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center and hear about related research; and tour our one-acre Teaching Marsh to learn about the benefits of wetland plants and animals. This tour is full. You may join our waitlist.

Friday, August 11See how scientists use CSI techniques to understand clam and oyster diseases in the Shellfish Pathology Lab; watch live animals in VIMS’ Visitors Center and hear about related research; and tour the Oyster Hatchery to learn about the breeding and feeding of oyster brood stock. Register Now!

Friday, September 8Visit a lab that studies animals, some microscopic, some as large as cars, that drift around our rivers and oceans (Zooplankton Ecology); see live animals in VIMS' Visitors Center and hear about related research; and tour the Oyster Hatchery to learn about the breeding and feeding of oyster brood stock. Register Now!