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“History comes to life in this wonderful museum with something for all ages.”

Virginia Museum of History & Culture
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A history museum and research library, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture has been connecting people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia for more than 180 years. Visit today to view our award winning exhibitions that are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. We are 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, we are a privately funded non-profit organization that relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to sustain its operations. The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is located at 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220 in Richmond's Museum District. 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: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 15 August 2011

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.

5  Thank ljrd1948
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Excellent overview of Virginia history and aspects of Civil War. Visited early in our holiday in Virgina and was invaluable in providing context.

2  Thank LondonKaytee
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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!!!!!

4  Thank MarciaS8
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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.

1  Thank roboird
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Reviewed 24 February 2011

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

1  Thank MarylandTraveler1234
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