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Address: 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone Number: +1 804-358-4901
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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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The Virginia Historical Society is a wonderful place to visit and see the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is an exhibit of silver pieces from the War Between the... read more

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Virginia Historical Society is a wonderful place to visit and see the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is an exhibit of silver pieces from the War Between the States that is stunning as are the art pieces. There is also a great gift shop where you can find many many great gift ideas.

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Today we toured the special exhibit of Th Jefferson artifacts on loan from Massachusetts wheere his granddaughter lived. Her descendants donated all these items to the Mass. Historical Society. A wonderful silver exhibit, and toys are coming soon.

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We spent about 90 minutes in the Virginia history rooms on the 2nd floor and couldn't really get through it all. Fascinating and solid presentations starting with early native American settlements and European and African arrivals onward thru the centuries. Will return.

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Midlothian, Va
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

An in depth history of Virginia but so varied that no matter what your interests may be the Virginia Historical society is a place to visit almost monthly. I saw the settlement of Virginia, the NFL (yes football) Experience, and a live presentation by Bill Lohman and Bob Brown on the Backroads of Virginia. Can't wait to go to see... More 

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. The VHS has a wide range of programs and exhibitions. Please come back and see us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Suffolk VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

said William Byrd, and you will meet him and a host of others (by no means limited to FFVs) in the new, beautifully presented Story of Virginia exhibit. Ideal grounding for the history buff or history tourist. In addition to this permanent exhibit, there are always one or more special exhibits, on a manageable scale so you don't wear out.... More 

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Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Natrona Heights pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Documented and illustrated history of the evolution of Virginia. With focus on the settlement era starting with Jamestown and the role played by Virginia in the American Revolution and Civil Wars. A fair and well balanced presentation of the abolishment of slavery and the struggles of black Americans after gaining freedom for the next 100 years. Many of the artifacts,... More 

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Greg H, Manager of Web and Digital Resources at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Although my review is colored by the fact that I found priceless records of my ancestors here, I cannot stress enough how helpful the library staff was. The facility itself is beautiful. I spent two full days pouring over their collection.

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Thank you for the great review of the Virginia Historical Society. We're glad that you had a great experience in the research library. Please come back and visit us again soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

An unexpected highlight of my latest trip to the capital city. The museum provides an easy to navigate tour of the history of Virginia. An added bonus is no admission fee and free parking.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

If you have a few hours in Richmond, you must take the time to visit this magnificent place! Not only is the exterior of the building beautiful, there are so many things to see here, you are eagerly moving from one thing to another. A must see!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

How many times have I been to Richmond, & I never visited this place? Too many to count! Well, I stopped in just yesterday & loved the place! I don't know which exhibits are permanent or temporary, but I enjoyed them all. One of the first rooms had beautiful paintings of Virginia landscapes, & then beyond that rooms filled artifacts... More 

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