The Virginia Historical Society (VHS)
VHS is a privately funded nonprofit organization—collects, preserves, and interprets the Commonwealth’s history, linking past with present to inspire future generations. The mission of the VHS is to connect people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia. The VHS is located at 428 North Boulevard in Richmond’s Museum District.
The Story of Virginia
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. Learn More
The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration
The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration now on display through April 2, 2017. Also on display in the Goode gallery is Miniature Homes: Five of Virginia's Historic Tidewater Homes Created by Mildred H. Grinstead and Illustrated Treasures. Learn More
Now On Display
Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s
February 24, 2017 - September 4, 2017 | Cost: $10 | Complimentary admission for VHS members and all children under 18
Gumby . Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, '60s and '70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.
Lectures and Classes
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See You In Class
Handle with Care: Preserving Your Family History One Page at a Time by L. Paige Newman
Thursday, May 18 5:30pm – 7:00pm Cost $25 to $30
This single-session class will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. Join us as we show you how we care for our collections at the VHS and what you can do to take care of your treasures at home.
See You In Class
General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb by Frank Settle
Thursday, May 25 5:30pm – 7:00pm Cost $25 to $30
This single-session class will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Join Dr. Frank Settle and learn about Gen. George C. Marshall’s crucial role in the decade-long development of the first atomic bombs.
See You In ClassAn Archaeological History of the Powhatan Landscape by Martin GallivanThursday, June 22 5:30pm – 7:00pm Cost
$50 to $65 (for both classes)
This is a two-part class taught by Dr. Martin Gallivan. Class one will take place on Thursday, June 22
, and class two on Thursday, June 29
. Learn about the American Indian past in Tidewater Virginia from the spread of forager-fishers to the colonial-era Powhatan chiefdom.More about this event Purchase your tickets