"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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What You Can See

Exciting plans at the VHS

Plans are underway to expand and improve our exhibitions so that we can offer you a better experience.

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Please note that most of our gallery space will be CLOSED starting January 6, 2014 for major renovations. 
During the renovations, you may view the online version of our signature exhibition The Story of Virginia, an American Experience.  This online exhibition explores 16,000 years of Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. Other VHS online exhibitions can be viewed in the Virginia History Explorer.
We will continue to display our collections through traveling exhibitions.  These exhibitions will feature our collections at different venues throughout the state.


Explore the Virginia Historical Society's collections on the road by visiting one of our traveling exhibitions today.
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Discover 16,000 years of history in The Story of Virginia online exhibition.
Find out more about The Story of Virginia