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Start your journey through the Virginia Historical Society's exhibitions. Our signature exhibition is The Story of Virginia, and features objects that will help guide the visitor through more than 16,000 years of Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. 

Other permanent exhibitions include Changing Styles: 300 Years of Virginia Art and Design, Landscapes of Virginia, The Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer, and Charles Hoffbauer: "Painter of Historical Murals."

Our first special exhibition, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, will be open to the public from October 18, 2015, to January 10, 2016 (VHS members-only days October 15–17). Purchase your tickets now for this special exhibition.


The VHS has a wide range of upcoming exhibitions, including "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times."
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Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
Discover 16,000 years of history in The Story of Virginia online exhibition.
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Painted between 1913 and 1920, the murals represent one of the few large-scale pieces of Civil War artwork on public view in the country.
Find out more about The Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer
J. E. B. Stuary in the Cavalry (Autumn) Mural
Features twenty-one landscape paintings that reveal the variety of terrain and climate that charecterizes Virginia's five distinct physical regions
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Passing Storm (1996.172.2)
Learn about how artist Charles Hoffbauer produced the Memorial Military Murals and the three-year restoration process of these murals.
Find out more about Charles Hoffbauer: "Painter of Historical Murals"
Charles Hoffbauer (2003.298.23.A)
View items from the Virginia Historical Society's collections that represent more than 300 years of Virginia art and design.
Find out more about Changing Styles: 300 Years of Virginia Art and Design
Italianate Desk Detail
This exhibition features silver produced throughout Virginia.
Find out more about Silver in Virginia
Silver in Virginia - Silver Hunting Cup (Gift of Frances Roberdeau Wolfe, 1963.25)
Learn about the Algonquin Indian settlement, Werowocomoco.
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Werowocomoco model
A life-sized memorial to the horses and mules killed during the Civil War.
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The War Horse
Explore the Virginia Historical Society's collections on the road by visiting one of our traveling exhibitions today.
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Robert Knox Sneden
Virginia Voices is a 40-minute film made up of crowdsourced video recorded and submitted by regular citizens.
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Virginia Voices