I took my husband, the history buff, to the Va. Historical Society and then went back the next week with a visiting family with 3 children, ages 5, 9 and 11, and everyone had a great time. This museum is state of the art with interactive exhibits, videos and very interesting stories to go with each exhibit for those who like to read in depth about what they see. There is also a library for those who are doing serious research.
The exhibits change, but currently you can experience life in Virginia from pre-history to the present, have your own lunch counter sit-in, become a runaway slave or a Civil War medic in the interactive exhibits, learn about the weapons of the Civil War and how they were made, try on clothing worn by colonial Virginians, learn about how to find the history in your own house, to name just a few of the things available. Admission is free, but there is a donation box by the door. Parking is available in the rear, but we easily found street parking right in front of the building. Don't let the stern and imposing facade fool you. Inside you will find history presented in ways that are interesting for adults and fun for children.
Children's activities are available afternoons in August and this is a wonderful way to get your kids excited about history. I plan to return to see each new exhibit now that I've learned what a great resource we have in the Va. Historical Society.
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