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Address: 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone Number:
+1 804-358-4901
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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For more than 180 years, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) has been...

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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This is a great museum, especially the large exhibition on different eras of Virginia history, from Native Americans civilization to, more or less the present. There are a lot of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Betty B
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great museum, especially the large exhibition on different eras of Virginia history, from Native Americans civilization to, more or less the present. There are a lot of cool interactives, such as touch screens where you can learn more about particular artifacts, and even a simulation to see if you could get a runaway slave to freedom (I... More 

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though we confused the building for the Fine Arts building (which is across the street) we decided to tour the Historical Society. Free Admission! It took us an hour and a half but we didn't read/view everything. Some highlights were to-scale models of local mansions, Pocahontas' gold buttons, and written newspapers/ads for the slavery time period.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After living in Richmond for 14 years, my fiancée finally talked me into visiting the VA Historical Society and I'm glad she did. While the main room features the history of VA from start to finish, it's not laid out as well as it could be. With that said, there are a lot of cool and interesting artifacts and stories.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Divided into sections and does a great job of describing the highlights of Virginia. Appreciated the section on leaders from Virginia.

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall the collection is stunning, however, there were a few things that were missing. In the Story of Virginia section, there are some Civil War exhibits, there are a few items that really make mw question the integrity of the museum. The model of one of the statues on monument avenue has nothing about the history of the monument but... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, it's FREE! Not a thing to complain about when you haven't dropped a dime for admission. There are wonderful exhibits covering all eras of Virginia's history - which is fascinating in total. All of them are very well done, quite professional, and many interactive exhibits. I also liked that they had one wing with artwork featuring Virginia... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came primarily for the special exhibit on Thomas Jefferson, which was closing the next day. Free parking next to building. Free admission to main building but not special exhibits. Lots of interesting information/exhibits on Virginia history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Went with 3 kids for the first time. Conveniently located and the kids could have spent a whole day there. The interactive slave computer animated display was captivating, allowed the viewer to choose a storyline and make decisions that would determine the fate of the runaway slave. Majority of the exhibitors are free.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I sincerely wanted "Story of Virginia" exhibit to be a meaningful experience for my children (ages 11, 8, and 4), but unfortunately it fell short in its ability to put the historical objects in context for a child. For instance, a KKK hood in a glass case with small label does not convey the racism, ignorance, and extremism such an... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Seriously, how many people are magnetically drawn to a place with a name like this ... but go in, it's really nice. At the moment they have a small but nice exhibiton on Thomas Jefferson, including a well done short film in the auditorium. Beyond that, the permanent exhibitions are very nice - especially the history of Virginia section which... More 

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