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September 23, 2010
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Virginia Historical Society Participates in
Smithsonian Magazine's 6th Annual Museum Day
VHS Joins Long List of Virginia Museums Participating to Make the 2010 Museum Day Largest to Date
Richmond, VA—On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) will participate in the
sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Toyota. The VHS will join participating museums and cultural institutions
nationwide to open its doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day ticket from www.smithsonian.com.
Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year's record-breaking event. Over 300,000
museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in Museum Day
2009. Last year, two million visitors logged on to www.smithsonian.com/museumday to learn more about the program.
"Last year was the first year the Society participated in Museum Day and I think everyone who came to the VHS
had an enjoyable, educational, and entertaining visit," said VHS President and CEO Paul A. Levengood. "We look
forward to seeing even more people for this year’s event as there are three new exhibitions on display that were not up for
last year’s Museum Day."
Other museums in Richmond participating in the 2010 Museum Day include the Museum of the Confederacy, the
John Marshall House, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, University of Richmond Museums, and the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Siege Museum and Centre Hill Museum in Petersburg are also offering free
admission on Saturday as part of this annual program. A journey to celebrate our world's dynamic heritage and cultural
life, participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington,
The Museum Day ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the
official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted
per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums’ can also be found on the Museum Day
Smithsonian Media comprises Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network
and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media's flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, is one of the nation's
largest magazines with a circulation of more than 2 million and nearly 7 million readers. Smithsonian Media is a division of
Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution
is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park
and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2009.
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.