"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Experience the nation’s most popular toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.

Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s
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The Virginia Historical Society

Discover Virginia’s rich and unique history by visiting our research library, attending an event, or exploring one of our exhibition galleries.

Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s is now on display.  Purchase your tickets for this special exhibition today.

Join us for the first annual BrewHaHa at the Virginia Historical Society. Enjoy music, food, and rare historic beer recipes.
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Find something for the history lover in your life in the VHS Pusey Museum Shop.
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Pusey Museum Shop

“A Must See For Virginia and American History”

Get closer to your history

Start your journey through the Virginia Historical Society's exhibitions. Current long-term exhibitions include the Story of Virginia, Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer and Landscapes of Virginia.

Purchase tickets for VHS events and exhibitions.
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Explore this fascinating exhibition that features paintings and historical records that reveal facts about Washington’s actual life.
Find out more about Washington: The Myths and the Man
Washington: The Myths and the Man

“Great visit for the entire family”

Access to your history

The collections are available online and in our reading room for researchers, genealogists, educators, and students to use. From fossils to 21st century documents and artifacts, explore your history today.

Unknown No Longer is a database of the names of all the enslaved Virginians that appear in our unpublished documents.
Find out more about Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names
Unknown No Longer
Search the VHS collection and explore the wide range of items we hold.
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Search the Collections

“Great Library and Exhibits”

Discover something new

With an active calendar of events with something for all ages and a wealth of online features, especially our Virginia History Explorer, there are plenty of ways to connect with your history.

The extensive collection of our library is open to all VHS patrons, from the curious visitor to the professional researcher.
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Reading Room
The VHS offers several different types of membership to meet your needs.
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Membership