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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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Loved the Story of Virginia

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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505 reviews
190 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Istanbul
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225 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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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. Thank you, VHS Staff More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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648 reviews
263 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance fee is worth it even if you only want to view the restored murals honoring and depicting the four southern military divisions. The museum also has a wonderful gallery of art as well as interactive displays attesting to the 400 years of the European influence and settlements to Virginia.

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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. Come back and see us again soon! Thank you, VHS Staff More 

Chesterfield, Virginia
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453 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Story of Virginia exhibit is very well put together, and there are plenty of interesting exhibits and stories to keep your interest. Combined with browsing through the gift shop, we spent 1-1/2 hours in the museum. It would have been worth the visit had there been an admission fee, but was even more so since it's free. This is... More 

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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. Thank you, VHS Staff More 

Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed a couple of hours perusing the many facets of the rich history of Virginia. The museum is very well laid out and plenty of room to walk around the displays. The documentation is easy to understand. We found it very cool so wear a sweater during the summer months when the A/C is on high!

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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. Come back and see us again soon! Thank you, VHS Staff More 

Silver Spring
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22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the name of the strictly historical section of the museum. It provides a comprehensive overview of Virginia history from the earliest days of the Paleo Indians right through the 1950s or so.The building itself is magnificent and its initially constructed section, completed over a century ago, contains the famous "Battle Abbey," featuring a stunning series of paintings depicting... More 

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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. Thank you, VHS Staff More 

Philadelphia
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58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bottom line: Free museum. History is not our thing but we really enjoyed this attraction. Great history of VA section with lots of interesting artifacts. Traveling exhibits too that you need to pay extra for. Really great museum with VA's history on display covering everything from women's suffrage, segregation, slavery, Civil War and many others. All of the pieces are... More 

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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. Come back and see us again soon! Thank you, VHS Staff More 

Glen Allen
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

The National Football league hall of fame in Canton, Ohio has created an exhibition that can move to other parts of the country. We went on a Sunday afternoon in July and we were one of 6 people there. We got to watch every video, be a replay referee and take pictures by our favorite players' jerseys. The Virginia Historical... More 

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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. Come back and see us again soon! Thank you, VHS Staff More 

Orlando, Florida
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by on a whim to see the NFL Hall of Fame exhibit. My kids told me that it was the coolest thing we did all week. There is an actual Lombardi trophy and super bowl ring. The exhibits are great and kids under 12 are free. We spent at least an hour there plus another hour walking around the... More 

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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 of Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We're glad that you had a great experience at the Virginia Historical Society. Come back and see us again soon! Thanks, VHS Staff More 

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