FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2010
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Free Museum Admission + Free Family Activities = Perfect Summer Afternoon
Virginia Historical Society Offering Family-Friendly Activities in August
Richmond, VA—With its entertaining and educational exhibitions and powerfully cool air conditioning, a visit to the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is the perfect family activity for a hot summer afternoon. But, the VHS is making a trip to the museum even more exciting with the introduction of August Afternoons.
Beginning Tuesday, August 3, and continuing until Tuesday, August 31, the VHS is offering the opportunity for families to participate in interactive activities while they visit the museum. August Afternoons take place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and consist of coloring projects, photography and artifact analysis, and exhibition scavenger hunts.
"The scavenger hunt and children's crafts and games that we had at the VHS Free Family Day Open House on Saturday, July 17, were such a huge success that we decided to continue to offer family-friendly activities on a regular basis," said Paul Levengood, VHS President and CEO. "August Afternoons will consist of changing activities for children to do with their parents so that all museum visitors are active, engaged, and involved with the Virginia history that they see all around them here at the VHS."
The children's activities will take place in the VHS Carole M. and Marcus M. Weinstein Classroom and the scavenger hunts in The Story of Virginia and Virginians at Work exhibitions. In addition to museum admission being free, all August Afternoon children's activities are provided at no cost.
For more than 178 years, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) has been the steward of our state—and often national—history. Headquartered at 428 North Boulevard in Richmond, the VHS features award-winning exhibitions that are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. 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. Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm and Sunday 1 pm–5 pm (shop and museum galleries only). Admission is free. For group tour information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, please call (804) 358-4901 or visit www.vahistorical.org.