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Virginia Historical Society

428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23221
+1 804-358-4901
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Ranked #10 of 97 attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
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... more » 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 closed for renovation (Library and shop open Monday-Saturday 10 a.M.-5 P.M. « less
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Annapolis, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

this place had a very good Virginia history museum that is now closed temporarily for renovations (spring 2014). there is a library attached that remains open that is a great resource for people working on Virginia family history.

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Richmond, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Very excellent presentation of history in Virginia. Very informative. Lots of Civil War information. And their gift show is really good.

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Hong Kong, China
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121 reviews 121 reviews
52 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Very interesting place, lots of very good exhibits here, and I think some changing ones as well. A very fine collection and spent more time here than I expected. A good afternoon

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I can't get enough of VHS. The fixed exhibits tell it all from Virginia as a hot spot upon a cooling planet to drive in burger joints of the 20th century. Rotating exhibits serve to inform those things popular and not so popular but, like it or hate it is our history and that cannot be changed. There is a... More

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Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

There is a History of Virginia exhibit that you could spend days going through and still not see it all. Very well done!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,200 reviews 1,200 reviews
584 attraction reviews
614 helpful votes 614 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Really interesting displays about Virginia's story from pre-history to modernity. Especially interesting we're the pre-civil war and civil rights rooms. Not an appraisal of the confederacy which around this area is somewhat rare. On the whole well worth a detour and just next to the virginia fine arts museum

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Turkey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We learned a lot about Virginia's history by just spending around an hour. I would strongly recommend people with elementary kids to visit this place.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 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.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 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... More

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

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

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