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Discover Virginia’s rich and unique history by planning a visit to our research library, attending an event, or exploring one of our newly renovated exhibition galleries.

Tickets are on sale now for Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times and The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design.

A VHS membership is ideal for family, friends, clients, teachers, students—everyone you know who loves history and wants to experience it in new and meaningful
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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 newly renovated galleries are free and open to the public. Current long-term exhibitions include the Story of Virginia, 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 $36 million has been committed.

Virginia House was formerly an English manor house that was relocated to Richmond in 1925.
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Virginia House
The VHS has a wide range of upcoming exhibitions, including "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design."
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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Unknown No Longer is a database of the names of all the enslaved Virginians that appear in our unpublished documents.
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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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The VHS hosts many social events that are intended to bring family and community together.
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