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The VHS offers a wide variety of tours for all ages and interests. These special tours are held at the Virginia Historical Society and Virginia House and are led by members of the VHS staff.

Behind the scenes tours at the 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
Follow a VHS staff member on an journey into the VHS collection and uncover the stories behind objects not routinely on display in our museum exhibits. Each 90-minute program begins with a search through collection storage as your guide demonstrates how we find a single object among the more than 9 million items in our collection. You’ll then return to the Harry M. Bluford Classroom in the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center for a chance to see more manuscripts, maps, books, and objects related to the tour’s unique theme. Behind the Scenes Tours are offered throughout the year. 

Behind the scenes 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.

Garden tours at Virginia House

The gardens at Virginia HouseJoin 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.

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