Virginia Museum of History & Culture

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Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Virginia Museum of History & Culture
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A history museum and research library, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture has been connecting people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia for more than 180 years. T Visit today to view our award winning exhibitions that are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. We are 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, we are a privately funded non-profit organization that relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to sustain its operations. The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is located at 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220 in Richmond's Museum District. Currently Closed for Construction: Regular hours resume July 1. 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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2-3 hours
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raj0302
Swansboro, NC938 contributions
Jul 2021
If my review is useful, please give me a “helpful” vote.

Caveat. The museum is in the midst of improvements/renovation so some of the museum's exhibits are "off line" and unavailable for viewing.

1. Bottom Line Up Front/frame of reference for my remarks. I have visited over 35 museums of this type and always have high expectations for museums of this type; this museum is professionally curated and contains some very nice artifacts. The architecture of the museum is very elegant and (on the day of my visit), it was very quiet and peaceful. It is definitely worth visiting if you are in the area and is worth a day trip even if you are not in the area.

2. Details of my visit

2.a. Date & Time. Saturday 24 Jul 2021.

2.b. Other patrons. During my visit, there were approximately three other groups consisting of 2 adults each.

2.c. Length of visit. I was at the museum 2 hours and read 75% of the informative placards.

3. Location. Check the museum’s website for current information; I plugged the address in to my iPhone and it took me directly to the museum.

4. Access

4.a. Parking. Paved / no charge / on the street in a residential/museum district.

4.b. Passenger vehicles. The parking spaces can be accessed by any type of passenger vehicle.

4.c. RV and tractor-trailers. I do not consider this attraction to be accessible by over-size vehicles.

5. Admission. Check the museum’s website for current information.

6. Hours of operation. Check the museum’s website for current information.

7. Handicap access. I noticed signs for the handicap parking area and access. There are several locations throughout the museum where benches are available.
On the day of my visit, all of the exhibits were on the first floor; when the restoration and upgrades are complete, there may be exhibits on the upper floors - I believe there is an elevator and would recommend telephoning the museum to confirm.

8. Child friendliness. I would assess that the museum is child-friendly. There are no small exhibits than can be pilfered.

9. Permissions/prohibitions

9.a. Food and drinks. Not permitted.

9.b. Photography. Non-flash photography is permitted.

9.c. Pets and service animals. I did not notice any signs but I would imagine that service animals (not pets) are permitted; I would recommend calling the museum to confirm.

10. Type/nature of visit. Visitors may conduct un-guided tours; I do not know if guided tours are available.

11. Exhibits - Landscapes of Virginia. Approximately thirty paintings depicting the different geographic areas of Virginia: Tidewater, Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Valley and Ridge, Appalachian Plateau.

12. Exhibits - The story of Virginia. Very large collection of exhibits/artifacts (from pre-historic times to present day). Of note are the following:

12.a. Map depicting the trade routes to/from various countries and the goods that were traded between them.

12.b. Map depicting the sources and destinations of African slaves.

12.c. General Robert E. Lee's field desk.

12.d. General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson's pocket watch.

12.e. General Jeb Stuart's uniform.

13. Exhibits - Founding Fathers (I believe a temporary exhibit). Exhibits pertaining to Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton and Madison.

14. Amenities.

15.a. Restrooms. Restrooms are available and very clean.

15.b. Water fountains. Water fountains are available.

15.c. Gift shop. The gift shop appears to be temporary and is located in the lobby; it has a very small collection of items.

16. Conclusion. I intend to visit the museum again when the restoration/upgrade is complete but would recommend it to anyone in its present state.
Written July 24, 2021
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ActiveLife4Me
Richmond, VA14 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
This is a fabulous museum! I learn something new each time I visit. It has helped me gain a better understanding of Virginia’s past and all of the people who have lived here and the cultures they represent. The museum is privately funded and on the cutting edge of technology. This was the first museum in the area to post exhibits for adults online during the pandemic. The Banner lectures connect people with authors of new books with fascinating true stories. (These are better than fiction, because you can’t make this stuff up.) The gift shop offers an interesting assortment of books and gifts for all ages. Researchers find a treasure trove at this museum.
The museum is taking advantage of the challenges brought by the pandemic to remodel, so it’s closed now. I’ll be excited to visit it again when it re-opens.
Written December 23, 2020
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FLtrotter
St. Augustine, FL242 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Its a fine museum but unless we missed a floor or two, we felt there was some lacking. Maybe instead of ‘Virginia’ as the theme it could of been ‘Southeast’ or ‘Mid-Atlantic’ region and then there could’ve been more exhibits. I just feel there’s more history and actual items of history to display then what we saw at this museum.
Written October 31, 2020
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Thank you for your comment. We agree, and we are happy to announce that we are in the midst of a large scale renovation which will double the gallery space, add a new cafe, reimagine the library and add event space. We hope you will return to visit once this project is complete in Spring 2022.
Written April 30, 2021
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cordyroy
Mobile, AL2,319 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We didn't enjoy our visit. I think a significant portion was closed but entry was not reduced. We thought the exhibits we did see were dull. And why was there no history of the Native American population prior to the English arrival? Surely that is Virginian history too. As is, it's not worth the time or money.
Written October 14, 2020
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Thank you for your comment. We agree, and we are happy to announce that we are in the midst of a large scale renovation which will double the gallery space, add a new cafe, reimagine the library and add event space. We hope you will return to visit once this project is complete in Spring 2022.
Written April 30, 2021
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Domenic
Richmond, VA94 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We spent a couple hours here the other day. Because if covid it is set up as a one way walk through and masks are required. I really enjoyed reading about the earliest days of the history of Virginia. The fiat settlers in Jamestown to the conflicts with the many Indian tribes in the area. Even so far as the sailing routes of Columbus and the other explorers of the new world.

The artifacts used to describe the way of life and the conflicts were very interesting. Some of the later history concerned with Our country’s founding fathers from Virginia was very good.
Towards the later part of the tour you see a lot of excellent Civil War history from weaponry to medicine. I think I would have enjoyed a little more literature in why Virginia joined the other states in seceding from Union.

We then see a cool room showcasing Naomi of the companies and technology developed in Richmond and Virginia. Not much about the rest of the state (Roanoke my former residence).

A cool room detaining woman suffrage and the women’s movement along with the LGBT movement.

It was a really good couple of hours but I need to go back as I didn’t give the last few rooms as much time as I needed.
Written August 24, 2020
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Diver Dan
Washington DC, DC256 contributions
Aug 2020
If you want to understand how consequential Virginia was to the US. Arguably the most important State, you owe this a visit. Problem is, although next to the Fine Arts Museum, no way to take them both in at the same time or even day. Spread them out, but this is maybe why you went to Richmond as a visitor. Very educational and worthwhile.
Written August 23, 2020
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2,183 contributions
Oct 2019
We ended up visiting here as a rainy day activity and it exceeded our expectations. We spent 2 hours here before being ushered out at 5 pm.(The guards were trailing us as it got close to 5 to make sure we were headed out).

The Story of Virginia exhibit in Rooms 7 and 8 was excellent and we took our time here. The Memorial Military Murals are not to be missed. Founding Frenemies exhibit was in final preparation for October 19 opening so we were allowed to wander through by the workmen, which led to Landscapes of Diversity.

The Determined: The 400 year Struggle for Black Equality was excellent to the extent we were able to spend some time there...but we did not finish since close to closing.

Parking is free and we were able to park our 23 ft RV in 2 spaces since not crowded

BTW, we did pay the full requested donation on the way out - great value.
Written April 23, 2020
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18marilyn
Weare, NH169 contributions
Feb 2020
This museum has an excellent timeline display of the history of Virginia. The room of civil war murals is interesting. So much history here starting with the first settlement up to the present.
Written February 19, 2020
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,082 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This museum was delightful. They have free parking and a suggested entrance fee (I paid the full $10). The exhibits are like a snapshot of the overall US History but more detailed. I really liked all the artifacts they had including some from the founding fathers. The weapons exhibit was also very cool as was the silver room. The one room that really caught my attention was the restored murals from the oldest part of the museum. The one of Lee and his generals was my favorite as they all looked just like their photos.
Written February 2, 2020
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Shelmurr
Va48 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We’ve lived in Richmond since 1985. This was our first visit. It is exhaustive and quite the entertainment for an afternoon or even a day, with a break for lunch. Lots of standing. We’re seniors... The story of 400 years of the African-American experience in Virginia is very impressive. Highly recommended.
Written January 8, 2020
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