Frequently asked questions about VHS tours
What does group admission cost?
Student group tours are provided free of charge thanks to the Youth Education Fund.
What if my group is late?
Although we make every effort to be flexible with our guided tours, your visit may be abbreviated if your group arrives late. If you anticipate being late, please call the front desk at 804.342.9671, or the School Program Coordinator at 804.342.9652.
Are there special rules and procedures for group tours?
Yes. A Group Leader/Chaperone Guide is available for download HERE. To ensure that your students get the most out of their visit, please review museum rules before your arrival and share the information with adult chaperones who will join your group.
Can multiple tours be scheduled on the same day?
Yes, depending on that day’s schedule and the number of students in your group.
How early do I need to schedule a tour?
We ask that group tours be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Please be aware that our schedule for March, April, and May fills up quickly. The earlier you contact the VHS, the more likely you will be able to secure your preferred tour slot.
I submitted an online request for a VHS tour. What should I expect to get from the VHS?
Within a few days of submitting your request, you should receive an e-mail or telephone call from the School Program Coordinator to fine-tune your group’s reservation. After you confirm the date, time, and number of students, you will be e-mailed a confirmation form for your visit. Please be aware that without a confirmation form from the education office, your reservation is not complete.
Who leads the tour?
Trained docents and museum educators lead tours.
How long does the tour last?
Tour durations vary. The full tour of The Story of Virginia exhibition lasts ninety minutes.
Is the VHS handicapped accessible?
Is there a charge for parking?
No, there is no charge for parking at the VHS. Specific parking instructions are included in the confirmation form that will be e-mailed to you once your reservation is complete.
What times are tours available?
The first tour of the day begins at 9:00 a.m., and the last tour must conclude by 5:00 p.m.
Does the VHS have a cafeteria?
No, but picnic tables are available on the grounds of the Virginia Historical Society. To preserve the picnic site for others, we request that you bring trash bags for cleanup. The School Program Coordinator can also provide you with information about local restaurants and cafes.
Does the VHS have a shop?
Yes. The museum shop specializes in books, prints, jewelry, postcards, posters, and toys focusing on Virginia history. Souvenir bags are available for $1 each for your group. Please call the museum shop at 804.342.9671 to reserve your souvenir bags.
What other museums are in the area?
List of area museums