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Virginia Historical Society

428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23221
+1 804-358-4901
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Ranked #10 of 81 Attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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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.

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Amelia Court House, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Interesting, facinating, lots of variety, easy to get around, good parking, nice gift store, everything a museum should have

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San Antonio, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Excellent service. Look up items of interest in their electronic catalog, fill out document request forms (up to 5 items at a time) and present them to the librarian who returns with your requests in a few minutes. No dislikes, but I wish that I had been better prepared. The electronic catalog is available online, and I should have made... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Amazing we love to visit civil war museums to get a feel for different regions and outlooks. A comprehensive outlook of the war and the area.

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Richmond, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We live near Richmond and visit the museum at least 3 times a year. The permanent collection is a great view of the State History. You can easily spend the better part of a day. Check their website for special exhibits which are always fantastic.

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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
69 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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1,731 reviews 1,731 reviews
916 attraction reviews
886 helpful votes 886 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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