"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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A reassessment of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, who have come to symbolize the two nations that fought the Civil War.

Grant and Lee
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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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Our exciting renovations continue, and Landscapes of Virginia, The Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer, and Charles Hoffbauer: "Painter of Historical Murals" are now open to the public.

Our 10,500-square foot signature exhibition—The Story of Virginia—presenting the entire span of the region’s history from 16,000 BCE to the present will reopen in early August 2015, along with additional galleries featuring our collection of early American silver and fine and decorative arts.

Our first Special Exhibition, Dressing Downton: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, will open in October 2015.  Tickets go on sale Monday, July 13. Visit our museum shop now to purchase all of your Downton necessities.

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
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
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)
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.
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J. E. B. Stuary in the Cavalry (Autumn) Mural
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)
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