"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Discover Charles Peale Polk's painting of George Washington.

George Washington

The Virginia Historical Society

Discover Virginia’s rich and unique history by visiting our research library, attending an event, or exploring one of our exhibition galleries.

The Private Jefferson on display until January 22, 2017. Purchase your tickets for this special exhibition today.

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Private Jefferson
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

Start your journey through the Virginia Historical Society's exhibitions. Current long-term exhibitions include the Story of Virginia, Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer and Landscapes of Virginia.

Virginia House was formerly an English manor house that was relocated to Richmond in 1925.
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Virginia House
Virginia History Day is a history competition for students grades six through twelve.
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Virginia History Day

“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Unknown No Longer is a database of the names of all the enslaved Virginians that appear in our unpublished documents.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.

Are you looking for a location to host your next event? From receptions to corporate meetings, VHS has a space for any event.
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Facilty Rentals