The VHS offers a wide variety of tours for all ages and interests. Choose from an in-depth tour of a specific topic in our galleries or a visit to the gardens at Virginia House. These special tours are led by members of the VHS staff.
Go behind the scenes at the VHS and Virginia House. Join our staff for special guided tours that will take you into places not ordinarily open to the public.
Tours at VHS
Thank you for a wonderful tour. It was a great way to learn more about the collection and hear valuable input from VHS staff—such a delight.
M. C. Anderson
These tours feature areas of the society normally not open to the public, including the paper conservation lab, museum collections storage, rare book rooms, and manuscripts storage. Tour participants will also get the chance to see unique and interesting items in the VHS collections that are not routinely on display in the museum. Tours will be offered monthly, and each tour will be led by a curator who will focus on a different theme.
Tours at Virginia House
Join the staff for a behind-the-scenes look at Virginia House. Visit seldom-seen areas of the museum and enjoy a close look at the collections of Alexander and Virginia Weddell. The house, preserved much the same as it was when the Weddells resided there from 1928 to 1948, includes English and Spanish antiques, silk draperies, oriental carpets, and fine silver and china. After the tour, guests are welcome to visit the more than eight acres of grand gardens at Virginia House.
Gallery walks at VHS
Join us on one of our monthly gallery walks. These hour-long tours take place on specific Wednesdays at noon. A member of the VHS staff will highlight a particular topic as you tour the long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia, or one of our temporary exhibitions. Some gallery walks will begin with a short seated program in the Carole M. and Marcus M. Weinstein Education Classroom before beginning your journey.
Please note that these walks typically last for one hour and may require standing at times. Gallery walks take place in the galleries of the VHS unless otherwise noted.
Garden tours at Virginia House
Join Virginia House staff for an in-depth look at the more than eight acres of grand gardens at Virginia House. Virginia Weddell spent twenty years working with noted landscape architect Charles Gillette to create the picturesque gardens. From formal spring tulip displays to the naturalistic plantings, the gardens and grounds of Virginia House provide a rich tapestry of texture and color throughout the year. Today, close to 1,000 types of ornamental plants thrive throughout the formal gardens.
Holiday tour at Virginia House
These 45-minute tours will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the festive decorations and learn about holiday traditions at Virginia House.