"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.

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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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Most of our gallery space is currently CLOSED for major renovations. The new The Story of Virginia, an American Experience, a 10,500-squarefoot exhibition that presents the entire span of the region’s history, from 16,000 BCE to the present, will open August 2015.

Our public galleries will include a selection of VHS treasures for visitors to behold, including an exhibition on Virginia landscape paintings, a fine arts exhibition, and much more.

Our first Special Exhibition, Dressing Downton: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, will open 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
Discover 16,000 years of history in The Story of Virginia online exhibition.
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