Science Museum of Western Virginia

Touch Tank

Get up close and personal with some fascinating creatures that live in the museum’s Touch Tank and enjoy a unique opportunity to touch these animals. An experienced and knowledgeable staff member is always on hand to ensure the most beneficial learning experience for visitors as well as the safety of our underwater friends.

Exhibit features

  • Hands-on demonstrations of the anatomy and physiology of horseshoe crabs
  • See what seastars look like from underneath and how their feet help them to move
  • A variety of crab species live in the Touch Tank; see if you can find one!
  • The tank is decorated with rocks and plants for the comfort of our animals, but also hide many smaller creatures within their nooks and crannies