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“Fantastic Museum for History Buffs” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Virginia Historical Society

Virginia Historical Society
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Fantastic Museum for History Buffs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2010

This was an unexpectedly great museum. It has several "standard" exhibits and special exhibits that come and go. The depth of information on Virginia history was excellent. My 2 sons thoroughly enjoyed it. The building was originally built in the early 20th Century to house a pro-confederacy museum and is interesting from that perspective. Free parking in the back off the Blvd.

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Petach Tikva, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“One stop to learn everything about Virginia's history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2010

If you want to understand Virginia's history, plan on spending 2-3 hours in their exhibit- in fact, I would skip straight to it so you don't run out of time and have to hurry through the end. An in-depth and introspective view of Virginia's history from Native American period through the 1970's with a surprisingly critical view of how Virginia's fall from glory after the Civil War and subsequent failure to keep pace with societal developements kept it as a backwater till the 1970's. Visually impressive with many, many artifacts and excellant explanations and exhibition. We came planning to spend an hour or so and left after 3 only because the museum was closing. I would put this on my don't miss list of things to do in historical Richmond

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Findlay, Ohio
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“Neat Stuff Inside - Learn about Virginia and U.S. History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2009

As a large banner outside claims, there is a lot of neat stuff in this museum. The best exhibit clearly is the Story of Virginia, a multi-gallery exhibition that covers Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. Especially interesting is the Revolutionary War exhibit with excellent displays of famous Virginians such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason, James Madison, and James Monroe. Really shows how critical Virginians were to the founding of our country.

Another great exhibit is the Four Seasons of the Confederacy murals by French artist Charles Hoffbauer. A large room displays these works which were unveiled in 1921. The room also contains displays concenrning the arms manufactured in each Confederate state. Other exhibits worth investigating include the Virginians at Work exhibition, the collection of the products from the Virginia Manufactory of Arms, and the Silver in Virginia exhibition which shows the 1820 thru 1850 creations by Virginia silversmiths.

The parking is ample and free. The Museum is also free on Sundays. A great inexpensive and educational way to spend a few hours on the weekend.

Thank BuckeyeAAA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Lots To See and Do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2005

Visited in June,2005.Part of the museum is undergoing expansion, but it doesn't interfere with what you will see.Takes you on an interactive history of Virginia from pre-historic times to the present day. Colonial era was extremely informative as was the segment on the Civil War. There are some hands on activities throughout the tour. You can also take a quiz at the end of the tour to test your knowledge.

Thank rpsv
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