Virginia Aquarium, Historic Houses Offer Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Workers

Friday, October 04, 2013

In a show of appreciation for Hampton Roads Federal workers, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and City-operated historic houses (Adam Thoroughgood, Lynnhaven House and Francis Land House) will offer free admission on weekdays to those Federal workers who are affected by the government shutdown.  The discount applies to the worker only, and they must show photo ID and paperwork indicating their furloughed status.  Spouses and children still pay regular admission.


“We want the furloughed workers to come and enjoy our City museums, instead of sitting at home.  We want them to know we’re rooting for them and hope the shutdown ends quickly,” said Aquarium Executive Director Lynn Clements. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; check for historic house times.


The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums whose mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. The Aquarium is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.  For more information on exhibits, movies, boat rides and special event, call (757) 385-FISH (3474) or visit Virginia,