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“HIdden Gem of a Museum in Richmond” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Virginia Historical Society

Virginia Historical Society
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage
Richmond, Virginia
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73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“HIdden Gem of a Museum in Richmond”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2011

We have lived in Richmond for several years, but recently made our first visit to the Virginia Historical Society. We were greeted warmly and provided with a map of the building and information on the current exhibits......the Civil War exhibit is wonderful, but we especially loved the Virginia exhibit.....The gift shop is excellent, the bathrooms easily accessible and clean. And it is FREE!!!!!

Visited June 2011
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Memphis, TN
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142 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great visit for entire family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2011

Great coverage from prehistory to the present day with equal coverage for all. Particularly good for youth - a good bit of hands-on flip chart type of exhibits as well as a special lab/discovery center for youth. Great facility - very contemporary feel.

Visited June 2011
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2011

This museum has excellent displays that will appeal to people of all ages and interests.

Visited February 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Fantastic Museum for History Buffs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2010

This was an unexpectedly great museum. It has several "standard" exhibits and special exhibits that come and go. The depth of information on Virginia history was excellent. My 2 sons thoroughly enjoyed it. The building was originally built in the early 20th Century to house a pro-confederacy museum and is interesting from that perspective. Free parking in the back off the Blvd.

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Petach Tikva, Israel
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“One stop to learn everything about Virginia's history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2010

If you want to understand Virginia's history, plan on spending 2-3 hours in their exhibit- in fact, I would skip straight to it so you don't run out of time and have to hurry through the end. An in-depth and introspective view of Virginia's history from Native American period through the 1970's with a surprisingly critical view of how Virginia's fall from glory after the Civil War and subsequent failure to keep pace with societal developements kept it as a backwater till the 1970's. Visually impressive with many, many artifacts and excellant explanations and exhibition. We came planning to spend an hour or so and left after 3 only because the museum was closing. I would put this on my don't miss list of things to do in historical Richmond

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