"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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The Story of Virginia

The Story of Virginia
Patrick Henry Arguing Parson's Cause
the STory of Virginia

EXPERIENCE 16,000 years of history in 2 hours     FREE to visit     OPEN Mon-Sun 10-5

This newly renovated 10,500 square-foot exhibition interprets 16,000 years of Virginia history and features more than 500 artifacts, maps, letters, and diaries ranging from the earliest stone tools shaped by humans to a satellite built by high school students in 2013. Objects in the exhibition are supplemented by images from the VHS collection, soundscapes, video, and digital and hands-on interactives.

Please note:  The online version of The Story of Virginia reflects the previous version of the exhibition. An updated version will be available soon.  View the virtual tour of the Story of Virginia on Google Maps.

The VHS is currently renovating the 100-year-old skylights. Unfortunately, the Garland Gray Gallery will be temporarily closed until that work is completed in late June 2016.



Explore the Story of Virginia: An American Experience