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Virginia Historical Society

428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-3307
+1 804-358-4901
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Large museum and interesting

great museum to learn more about the history of Virginia. I went to see the Toys of the 50s, 60s... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Paula H
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Beautiful paintings of George Washington, Toys,

We attended the Naturalization Ceremony on July 4 on the front steps. 100 new citizens received... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JannieAn
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-3307
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Reviewed 4 days ago

great museum to learn more about the history of Virginia. I went to see the Toys of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s exhibit which was AMAZING. Go see before if closes.

Thank Paula H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We attended the Naturalization Ceremony on July 4 on the front steps. 100 new citizens received their credentials. The Honorable Roger L. Gregory presided over the ceremony and gave an inspiring address to our newest citizens. The building was beautifully draped. A band played patriotic...More

Thank JannieAn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of interesting info and exhibits, most notably the present-day info that I didn't know about Virginia (like that 11 percent of the populous is disabled). Great and plentiful info about how Virginia became a state, including pull-out drawers showcasing different objects and artifacts, and...More

Thank Brittany_11_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a very productive day in the library at the VHS where the staff was for the most part very helpful. Using microfilm was pretty frustrating, but otherwise they have a very streamlined process for getting you what you want and pretty quickly. The...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting the adjacent art museum, my husband and I decided to hop over to experience the special Toy Exhibit. At $10 a ticket, we came away feeling ho-hum about the pretty limited ( although eye popping ) display of toys, separated into decades from...More

Thank M H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't know what to expect and wow, I was really impressed! This big museum in a historic building houses covers pre-history through modern day including some excellent artifacts and some clever presentation techniques. Artifact highlights included Pocohantas's buttons and a real wagon-trail wagon. Highly recommended...More

Thank AKgrown_goes_to_Indo
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I went with a purpose and the receptionist very helpfully directed me to the library. However, the girl at the desk was very offhand and unhelpful. The computers were slow and old and the links didn't always work. What I saw of the displays was...More

Thank MacLachlan
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Well-organized with excellent artifacts encompassing the complexity of Virginia history. Story of Virginia exhibit is particularly complete and inspires reflection, includes interesting electronic game simulation of slave escape. Special exhibits well worth modest associated fee. Current special exhibit on toys in America from 1950-1970 particularly...More

1  Thank regiontravelreturns
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Interesting American period history. I especially liked the section on pre-Colonial American history. Very good maps, artifacts: the canoe, a slave shack, dishes, and other historical items and information. There are some paintings. I liked the doll house upstairs before you enter the main rooms....More

1  Thank ogau2015
Reviewed 26 May 2017

This building on the Boulevard located almost beside the Science Museum of Va. does not charge for admission. The current Toy exhibit does charge but that did not interest me on my trip last week. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how Virginia was colonized and...More

1  Thank Midlotrails
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