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Address: 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-3307
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+1 804-358-4901
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Toys of the 50's, 60's, 7 70's

We went to the see the exhibit and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the toys took us back to our childhood. They had a bike in the 70's exhibit that I rode back in the day. Oh how I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Richmond, Virginia
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84 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the see the exhibit and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the toys took us back to our childhood. They had a bike in the 70's exhibit that I rode back in the day. Oh how I wish I still had it. They had actual play toys, video games that you could play. Hubby and I had a slinky... More 

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Indian Shores, Florida
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing museum, which tied in well to the historical triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown). We'll worth the time and found it completed our trip.

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Manassas, Virginia
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Historical Society of the Toys from the 50's, 60's & 70's exhibit. What a blast from the past. Typical of places like this is the dry nature of the exhibits. This was certainly not the case for this exhibit. Here until September 2017, this is a must see exhibit if you want to revist your some of your... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see the current exhibition of Toys from the 50's, 60's & 70's. That in itself was well worth the trip. Brought back so many wonderful memories. You can sit and listen to a short length TV video (in an old fashioned TV) that tells the history of that particular era and the toys. Then we walked around... More 

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2017

This is a great museum, especially the large exhibition on different eras of Virginia history, from Native Americans civilization to, more or less the present. There are a lot of cool interactives, such as touch screens where you can learn more about particular artifacts, and even a simulation to see if you could get a runaway slave to freedom (I... More 

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

Though we confused the building for the Fine Arts building (which is across the street) we decided to tour the Historical Society. Free Admission! It took us an hour and a half but we didn't read/view everything. Some highlights were to-scale models of local mansions, Pocahontas' gold buttons, and written newspapers/ads for the slavery time period.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

After living in Richmond for 14 years, my fiancée finally talked me into visiting the VA Historical Society and I'm glad she did. While the main room features the history of VA from start to finish, it's not laid out as well as it could be. With that said, there are a lot of cool and interesting artifacts and stories.... More 

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203 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017

Divided into sections and does a great job of describing the highlights of Virginia. Appreciated the section on leaders from Virginia.

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Richmond, Virginia
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017

Overall the collection is stunning, however, there were a few things that were missing. In the Story of Virginia section, there are some Civil War exhibits, there are a few items that really make mw question the integrity of the museum. The model of one of the statues on monument avenue has nothing about the history of the monument but... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 427 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

First of all, it's FREE! Not a thing to complain about when you haven't dropped a dime for admission. There are wonderful exhibits covering all eras of Virginia's history - which is fascinating in total. All of them are very well done, quite professional, and many interactive exhibits. I also liked that they had one wing with artwork featuring Virginia... More 

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