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Address: 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone Number: +1 804-358-4901
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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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After visiting the VMFA, my husband and I decided to go across the way and see what the Virginia Historical Society had to offer. We are so glad we did. It was a wonderful place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Atlanta
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting the VMFA, my husband and I decided to go across the way and see what the Virginia Historical Society had to offer. We are so glad we did. It was a wonderful place to learn all about the history of Virginia, its people and much more. There were so many attractive and educational displays and admission was free.... More 

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Goochland, Virginia
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204 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited during the Dressing Downton exhibit which we found fascinating. They often offer interesting exhibits that are worthwhile seeing. The general exhibits are a must see for everyone telling Virginia's role in America's history. There is no admission fee to tour the exhibits although they do charge a fee for the special exhibits. Allow about 3 hours for your... 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 of the Virginia Historical Society. We're glad that you enjoyed our exhibitions, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks, VHS Staff More 

Deltaville, Virginia
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibit of "Dressing Downton Abbey" was wonderful with excellent historical notes & photographs accompanying the clothes. The curator did a terrific job. The library has an extensive collection, especially of colonial Virginia. The staff is very helpful in helping users access materials.

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

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you enjoyed Dressing Downton, and we're happy that you had a productive research experience in our library. Please come back and see us again soon. Thank you, VHS Staff More 

White Plains
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11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasant and instructive with a good sense of history. The basic exhibits are free, so a good place to kill a few hours.

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

Thank you for the review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Virginia Historical Society. Please come back and see us again soon. Thanks, VHS Staff More 

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28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went here because they have a Downton exhibit based on the show. I don't watch the show regularly, just interested in that type of history, but I still thought it was a great exhibit. The special exhibits are extra, but the rest of the museum is free. The museum covers history as early as the 1607 settlement to present.... More 

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

Thank you for your great review of the Virginia Historical Society. We're glad that you enjoyed the exhibitions, and we hope you come back to visit soon! Best, VHS Staff More 

Fairfax, Virginia
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My daughter and I are die-hard Downton fans. We missed the clothes at Winterthur last year, so we jumped when we saw they were here. It costs $20, but we thought the exhibit was well worth the money. You just can't see/imagine/appreciate the fabrics, the beads, the stitching, the lace, the elegant lines of the clothes until you see them... More 

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

We're glad that you enjoyed the exhibition and found it to be a great value. Thank you for the great review and we hope to see you at the VHS again soon! Regards, VHS Staff More 

McLean, VA
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143 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We went specifically to see the 36 outfits from the first three seasons of Downton Abbey. Spent only a few minutes looking at other exhibits. I had seen a similar exhibit at Winterthur Museum in Delaware, and while this was not as elaborate, it provided lots more information about the making of the clothes, what the fabrics were and how... 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 of Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. We're glad that you enjoyed the exhibition, and we hope you come back to visit the VHS soon. More 

Falls Church, Virginia
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Very well done. A complete surprise. Addresses history of Va from pre-historic times to the present in ways that are very informative, never boring, not overdone, with special exhibits included. Great for children and adults. Plus, great architecture. What's not to like? Definitely worth a visit for the video presentation re. Virginians in the onsite theater/auditorium - very moving and... More 

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Greg H, Manager at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the outstanding review of the Story of Virginia. We're glad that you enjoyed the exhibition, and we hope to see you again soon. Best, VHS Staff More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We went specifically for the Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times special exhibit, which is open through January 10, 2016. The exhibit was well done with detailed explanations of the clothing as it related to household position. Explanations were given of how clothing styles for the titled residents (lords & ladies) changed due to WWI and thereafter the necessity... More 

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Greg H, Manager at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Virginia Historical Society. Thank you you for the great review of Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. We hope you visit the VHS again on your next trip to Virginia. Thanks, VHS Staff More 

Palmyra, Virginia
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67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This is a most impressive history museum for both our Commonwealth of Virginia and for our USA. It was particularly useful to have a group large enough to get a docent to walk us through. The docent provided us with an orientation to the full museum that was sufficiently detailed and sufficiently well paced to get us through with a... More 

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Greg H, Manager at Virginia Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Virginia Historical Society, and we hope you come back soon. Thanks, VHS Staff More 

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