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Address: 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-3307
Phone Number: +1 804-358-4901
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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A Well Balanced and Comprehensive Look At Virginia

Being new residents of Virginia, we felt it our duty to view this well laid out museum to learn more about our new home. The displays are incredibly informative and user friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Norman D
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being new residents of Virginia, we felt it our duty to view this well laid out museum to learn more about our new home. The displays are incredibly informative and user friendly, starting at the prehistory of the area and moving through the key role Virginia has played throughout the history of America from the age of discovery to modern... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the Octoberfest nearby and saw the museum. I was impressed. We had a lot of fun and the place is huge.

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key west and new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well laid out displays of artifacts from pre-historic, Native Americans, Revolutionary War, Civil War, both world wars, notable Virginians and industry. Cross the way from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts so visit them both. 2 nice restaurants at VMFA for lunch. So much of American history happened in this area.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The depth of their displays is unmatched. Really great variety of exhbits Beautiful venue and outstanding staff.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this museum to have very interesting, some interactive displays. Admission is free, as is parking. Right next to the Art museum, so you can see that too.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Virginia dates back to 1607 when the foreigners made contact with Native Americans. The land and the people have a long, intertwining history that is well documented within these walls. Through murals, other artworks, artifacts and interactive exhibits, the story unfolds. It is told well for the most part, even sensitive subjects although much of the harshness of slavery is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a complete surprise and includes both permanent and temporary exhibitions (eg: the costumes worn in Downtown Abbey and a dynamite show of chairs, believe it or not wonderfully imaginative and exciting to see and read about). This kind of museum showing such vitality and reaching out to the public beyond the scope of scholars and researchers (... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

We were looking for something to do during our last hour or two in Richmond for this visit and stumbled upon the Virginia Historical Society Museum. It was a great visit. It had a little bit of everything....lots of history that was important to not only Virginia but also our country as a whole. It has a bit of something... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

My wife and I visited here, recently, and enjoyed the Story of Virginia. It was very informative, so much so that I've told many people since then about the place and the exhibit.

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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. Thanks, VHS Staff More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Helpful archivists and records not found elsewhere. If you are a family historian or researching for Virginia historical content for any reason don't overlook this resource.

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Thank you for the great review. We're glad that you had a wonderful experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Thank you, VHS Staff More 

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