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“great collections of articfacts and art”

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.
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Powhatan, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“great collections of articfacts and art”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

The VHS includes incredible collections of books, art, and artifacts, with displays well-organized and easy to view and understand. The exhibits are changed on a regular basis, so no two visits are the same. Wonderful way to spend a few hours in Richmond.

Visited September 2013
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Virginia should be Proud”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Outstanding exhibits and presentations - all very well laid out and displayed with easy to understand descriptions that also try to give the context behind the exhibits. This is a true Virginia-oriented museum which is awesome for amateur historians, political junkies (lots of Virginia politics and exhibits), and the genuinely new to Virginia. Building is kind of imposing, more like a government library type facade and it would definitely benefit from having a more inviting entrance. But once inside, the exhibits are well-chosen, well researched, and very well presented. Outstanding and knowledgeable staff provide great context and insights.

Visited October 2013
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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Awesome”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

The exhibits are amazing...you definitely cannot do it justice in one day. My favorite gift shop in Richmond. And FREE!

Visited October 2013
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Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great idea to pair with Fine Arts Museum”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Located on Boulevard Avenue next to the Virginia Fine Arts Museum, this is a great experience for those who are interested in historuy. You can start with a short film that gives an overview of Virginian history and then tour the exhibits. This museum includes some very good civil rights history for the state and the City of Richmond. Best of all it has free parking and free admission.

Visited September 2013
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Yorktown, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful history of Virginia!”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

This is well worth a visit while in Richmond. We were going to visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (well worth the visit) and found the Historical Society right next door. We weren't expecting too much but enjoyed this more than the Museum of Fine Arts. The extensive display of Virginia history is excellent. We wish we had more time but were rushed so we have to go back to enjoy more.

Visited July 2013
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