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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, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Columbus, Ohio
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48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lots of Info”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

Great museum - lots to learn - something for everyone. Plan to spend at least an hour and a half - it's very detailed and extensive.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank FC2YQ
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English first
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54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

A very,. very good presentation of the state's history and you'll have a well-spent 2 hours or so even if you could care less about Virginia's history. There's no admission charge, free parking, plenty of information about the exhibits and a nice shop.

Visited March 2013
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Midlothian, Virginia
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107 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“First Rate”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

The exhibits are very interesting but the lectures are where this museum shines. Take in all you can. Free admission. Nice gift shop for books.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Jeanette1214
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New Kent, Virginia
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Library and Exhibits”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

History lover/student and this place is perfect for spending hours exploring the history of one of the greatest states in the country. There exhibits are well designed and very informative.

My favorite aspect is the library, where their courteous and highly competent staff are eager to assist. Many old books and manuscripts that bring history to life.

Visited January 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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231 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“A good, mostly fair, overview of Virginia history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

This museum is better than what you might expect from an institution generally acting as a local booster in the past. There is a great deal of coverage of the many years of Virginia history with some interesting artifacts from the various eras, including many from the early part of the twentieth century, such as old cars and trolleys, which may bring back childhood memories for some. The slave era and the Civil War are not ignored though a more vivid description could be given of the suffering caused black people by the slave system. The descriptions that accompany the exhibits on slavery use mild language indeed when you consider that the system completely deprived its victims of their freedom and family life. The Civil War exhibits are interesting though they do suffer from the old Southern proclivity to imply that that the Lost Cause lost the war because there were twice as many Union soldiers on their side compared to what the Confederacy had available as well as that Grant was so willing to sacrifice lives. There is no mention of that fact that some Union generals, such as Phil Sheridan, were simply better than their Confederate opponents. The museum does acknowledge that a great many former slaves served in the Union forces while just a handful served for the Confederacy, which is a refreshing statement rarely made in non-federal government exhibits in the South.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank MaizeBlueVA
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