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Virginia Historical Society

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Address: 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone Number: +1 804-358-4901
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Description: 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 closed for renovation (Library and shop open Monday-Saturday 10 a.M.-5 P.M.
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Enjoyable lectures...

Have been attending their lunch time Banner Series lectures for several years as well as many of their night classes. They have all been enjoyable and informative. We are members... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Have been attending their lunch time Banner Series lectures for several years as well as many of their night classes. They have all been enjoyable and informative. We are members but throne hour lunch time presentations are only $ 6 for non-members, the nightly courses are usually on Thursday night. Generally two consecutive Thursday's lasting an hour and a half... More 

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Granger, Indiana
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

If you are doing family research in Virginia this is a good place to visit. The library and archives has books, documents, and more. The staff is very helpful and it is a beautiful place to do research. Their website has a list of items allowed in the library and they provide lockers on the first floor to lock your... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A huge archive of Virginia history with supporting books, manuscripts and artifacts. The have an excellent exhibit area she\owing you Virginia's history. It is very worthwhile for children see artifacts from Jamestown and early and colonial history.

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Amelia Court House, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
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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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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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3 helpful votes 3 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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179 reviews 179 reviews
69 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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