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Virginia Historical Society

428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-3307
+1 804-358-4901
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Toys are us

The 'Toys of the 50s 60s and 70s' special exhibit drew us in, after having ignored visiting this... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
lsd f
coral gables
Terrific current exhibit on life in Virginia.

Great adult museum. Not for young children. Terrific lecture series periodically. Free admission to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marilyn K
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-3307
+1 804-358-4901
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The 'Toys of the 50s 60s and 70s' special exhibit drew us in, after having ignored visiting this venue for many years. 'Toys' was wonderful (it is a traveling exhibition, out of Rochester NY) and it took us hours to see and enjoy everything. The...More

Thank lsd f
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great adult museum. Not for young children. Terrific lecture series periodically. Free admission to museum. Some fees for special exhibits.

Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here specifically for the Toys exhibit. It was excellent! We enjoyed the areas set up to replicate living rooms from the different time periods, with "TV's" showing commercials popular then.

Thank boblink515794
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great museum to learn more about the history of Virginia. I went to see the Toys of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s exhibit which was AMAZING. Go see before if closes.

Thank Paula H
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We attended the Naturalization Ceremony on July 4 on the front steps. 100 new citizens received their credentials. The Honorable Roger L. Gregory presided over the ceremony and gave an inspiring address to our newest citizens. The building was beautifully draped. A band played patriotic...More

Thank JannieAn
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Plenty of interesting info and exhibits, most notably the present-day info that I didn't know about Virginia (like that 11 percent of the populous is disabled). Great and plentiful info about how Virginia became a state, including pull-out drawers showcasing different objects and artifacts, and...More

Thank Brittany_11_10
Reviewed 6 July 2017

I spent a very productive day in the library at the VHS where the staff was for the most part very helpful. Using microfilm was pretty frustrating, but otherwise they have a very streamlined process for getting you what you want and pretty quickly. The...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 6 July 2017

After visiting the adjacent art museum, my husband and I decided to hop over to experience the special Toy Exhibit. At $10 a ticket, we came away feeling ho-hum about the pretty limited ( although eye popping ) display of toys, separated into decades from...More

Thank M H
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Didn't know what to expect and wow, I was really impressed! This big museum in a historic building houses covers pre-history through modern day including some excellent artifacts and some clever presentation techniques. Artifact highlights included Pocohantas's buttons and a real wagon-trail wagon. Highly recommended...More

Thank AKgrown_goes_to_Indo
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I went with a purpose and the receptionist very helpfully directed me to the library. However, the girl at the desk was very offhand and unhelpful. The computers were slow and old and the links didn't always work. What I saw of the displays was...More

Thank MacLachlan
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