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Address: 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone Number:
+1 804-358-4901
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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End of year visit

Went with 3 kids for the first time. Conveniently located and the kids could have spent a whole day there. The interactive slave computer animated display was captivating, allowed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with 3 kids for the first time. Conveniently located and the kids could have spent a whole day there. The interactive slave computer animated display was captivating, allowed the viewer to choose a storyline and make decisions that would determine the fate of the runaway slave. Majority of the exhibitors are free.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I sincerely wanted "Story of Virginia" exhibit to be a meaningful experience for my children (ages 11, 8, and 4), but unfortunately it fell short in its ability to put the historical objects in context for a child. For instance, a KKK hood in a glass case with small label does not convey the racism, ignorance, and extremism such an... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously, how many people are magnetically drawn to a place with a name like this ... but go in, it's really nice. At the moment they have a small but nice exhibiton on Thomas Jefferson, including a well done short film in the auditorium. Beyond that, the permanent exhibitions are very nice - especially the history of Virginia section which... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We encourage everyone traveling through the Richmond, Virginia area to stop at this museum. We finally got there on our third trip, and it deserves more attention than that. There are profound exhibits and good details from the full span of 'western' history, plus even more from earlier eras. Parking is easy, it's in a good spot to enjoy other... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The Virginia Historical Society is a wonderful place to visit and see the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is an exhibit of silver pieces from the War Between the States that is stunning as are the art pieces. There is also a great gift shop where you can find many many great gift ideas.

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Today we toured the special exhibit of Th Jefferson artifacts on loan from Massachusetts wheere his granddaughter lived. Her descendants donated all these items to the Mass. Historical Society. A wonderful silver exhibit, and toys are coming soon.

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We spent about 90 minutes in the Virginia history rooms on the 2nd floor and couldn't really get through it all. Fascinating and solid presentations starting with early native American settlements and European and African arrivals onward thru the centuries. Will return.

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Midlothian, Va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

An in depth history of Virginia but so varied that no matter what your interests may be the Virginia Historical society is a place to visit almost monthly. I saw the settlement of Virginia, the NFL (yes football) Experience, and a live presentation by Bill Lohman and Bob Brown on the Backroads of Virginia. Can't wait to go to see... More 

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. The VHS has a wide range of programs and exhibitions. Please come back and see us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Suffolk VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

said William Byrd, and you will meet him and a host of others (by no means limited to FFVs) in the new, beautifully presented Story of Virginia exhibit. Ideal grounding for the history buff or history tourist. In addition to this permanent exhibit, there are always one or more special exhibits, on a manageable scale so you don't wear out.... More 

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Documented and illustrated history of the evolution of Virginia. With focus on the settlement era starting with Jamestown and the role played by Virginia in the American Revolution and Civil Wars. A fair and well balanced presentation of the abolishment of slavery and the struggles of black Americans after gaining freedom for the next 100 years. Many of the artifacts,... More 

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

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