"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
The History Crisis in America: Myth & Reality by C.F. Bryan Jr. Banner Lecture, book launch & signing July 9 @ noon t.co/zfrTcQ0MLY

The Virginia Historical Society

Our new galleries are free and open to the public. Current exhibitions include the Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer and Landscapes of Virginia.

The gallery renovation is one part of our $38 million Story of Virginia Campaign, of which more than $34 million has been committed.  Learn more about other exciting exhibitions coming soon.

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
Find something for the history lover in your life in the VHS Pusey Museum Shop.
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Pusey Museum Shop

“A Must See For Virginia and American History”

Get closer to your history

Our galleries are partially open during renovations. You may still explore our exhibitions by viewing our online signature exhibition, The Story of Virginia, or by visiting our traveling exhibitions at other venues throughout the state. 

Virginia House was formerly an English manor house that was relocated to Richmond in 1925.
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Virginia House
Our dedicated staff is available to help with your questions and research needs.
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“Great visit for the entire family”

Access to your history

The collections are available online and in our reading room for researchers, genealogists, educators, and students to use. From fossils to 21st century documents and artifacts, explore your history today.

Unknown No Longer is a database of the names of all the enslaved Virginians that appear in our unpublished documents.
Find out more about Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names
Unknown No Longer
Search the VHS collection and explore the wide range of items we hold.
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Search the Collections

“Great Library and Exhibits”

Discover something new

With an active calendar of events with something for all ages and a wealth of online features, especially our Virginia History Explorer, there are plenty of ways to connect with your history.

The VHS offers several different types of membership to meet your needs.
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Three generations of VHS members
VHS offers a variety of lectures and classes to the general public and our members throughout the year.
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Banner Lecture