"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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The Virginia Historical Society

Our galleries are closed for renovations. This is one part of a $38 million Story of Virginia Campaign of which more than $30 million has been committed to date.

You may still visit our research library, our museum shop, and attend programs.

Learn more about this new film, and find out how you can submit your videos.
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Virginia Voices
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

Most of our gallery space is now closed for 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Unknown No Longer is a database of the names of all the enslaved Virginians that appear in our unpublished documents.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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