Visiting VIMS

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is located on the York River in Gloucester Point, VA (37.25° N, 76.50° W), directly across the Coleman Bridge from historic Yorktown. The VIMS Watermen's Hall Visitors Center is typically open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We offer a number of on-campus public programs, including our After Hours Lecture series and Discovery Labs. In addition, opportunities exist throughout the year for tours to learn more about our marine environment and current research at the Institute.

VIMS' annual Marine Science Day open house takes place in May. This fun, educational event gives visitors an opportunity to examine high-tech science equipment, tour a laboratory, collect and observe aquatic animals, and discover the importance of wetlands in VIMS' Teaching Marsh. Cooking demonstrations, mini-lectures, and "hands-on" activities take place throughout the day, and a Children's Center provides lots of hands-on activities for the younger set.

For more information on upcoming events, visit our events calendar or call us at 804.684.7061. For more general information about the institute, call our main switchboard at 804.684.7000 or visit our Contact Us page.