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Address: 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-3307
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+1 804-358-4901
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

For more than 180 years, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) has been...

For more than 180 years, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) has been connecting people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia. The VHS-a history museum and research library-features award winning exhibitions that are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. The Society is the only museum with all of Virginia's history under one roof-all centuries, all regions, and all topics are covered. Although designated the Official State Historical Society, the VHS is a privately funded non-profit organization that relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to sustain its operations. The VHS is located at 428 North Boulevard in Richmond's Museum District. Admission is free. Galleries and museum shop open every day: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Library open Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Well-organized with excellent artifacts encompassing the complexity of Virginia history. Story of Virginia exhibit is particularly complete and inspires reflection, includes... read more

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Roanoke, Virginia
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Roanoke, Virginia
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well-organized with excellent artifacts encompassing the complexity of Virginia history. Story of Virginia exhibit is particularly complete and inspires reflection, includes interesting electronic game simulation of slave escape. Special exhibits well worth modest associated fee. Current special exhibit on toys in America from 1950-1970 particularly engaging. Check ticket availability on website in advance. Gift shop with fine selection of local... More 

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting American period history. I especially liked the section on pre-Colonial American history. Very good maps, artifacts: the canoe, a slave shack, dishes, and other historical items and information. There are some paintings. I liked the doll house upstairs before you enter the main rooms. I didn't get a real strong historical perspective about Virginia until the end, with the... More 

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Midlothian, Virginia
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This building on the Boulevard located almost beside the Science Museum of Va. does not charge for admission. The current Toy exhibit does charge but that did not interest me on my trip last week. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how Virginia was colonized and the hardships the early settlers went through. Yet this building is much more in that... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here before, but the Toy exhibit from the 50's, 60's and 70's was fascinating and very nostalgic. The description cards were very well done.

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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our kids loved the interactive escape slave game the most. They also went around and boned up for their state test on Virginia history. We saw it later in the day and there were we were pretty much the only ones there. Very nice!

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Springfield, Virginia
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Toys of the 50's, 60's & 70's is a must-see exhibit during the summer of 2017! While you're at the VHS Museum, take your time wandering through the main part of the museum, where you'll see numerous artifacts that you'd probably never see anywhere else, including some that you'll be annoyed even existed, despite their place in history, such as... More 

Thank Garyman23
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you can make it before the exhibit ends on Sept 4th, don't miss it. If you are of a certain age, you will get a real kick out of seeing the toys of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Whether it was you playing with them or your kids who did, you'll be carried back to a period when playing... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't know what expect from a historical society museum, but this one had it all: paintings, artifacts, visuals, and good explanations that put events into context. The main exhibit traces the history of Virginia from Jamestown to the present, with some emphasis on the Civil War, slavery and civil rights. There are even some interactive exhibits for the kids... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well laid-out history tour of Virginia full of interesting artifacts and a well rounded perspective on events and societal changes. A must see!

Thank alisssnow
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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1,382 reviews
643 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We were on the museum campus to visit the Fine Arts Museum but stopped in here as well. Really nice gift shop with lots of Washington & Jefferson & Jamestown & Williamsburg stuff - toy exhibit attracted my wife especially the vintage troll dolls - nice displays of historical periods too.

Thank RickMIusa

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