"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

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The Reading Room

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Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard, Richmond
Virginia 23220
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Monday–Saturday 10–5
Admission free

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Exciting plans at the VHS

Exciting plans are underway to expand and improve our exhibitions in 2015 so that we can offer you a better experience. While we update gallery layouts, display cases, AV technology, and internet connectivity, much of our exhibition space will be under construction. Learn about the Story of Virginia campaign!

Limited parking at the VHS due to construction

Please arrive in time to find parking in the VMFA deck, in the lot behind St. Mark’s Church on Colonial Avenue, or on the street. Remember, for VMFA members, the deck is free.

Our dedicated staff is available to help with your questions and research needs.
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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
Virginia House was formerly an English manor house that was relocated to Richmond in 1925.
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Virginia House
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
Learn the history of Battle Abbey, from the Confederate Memorial Institute to the Virginia Historical Society
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Confederate Memorial Institute
Our hands-on history box programs include replica artifacts, manuscripts, and images for your students to examine.
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Whether you are visiting Richmond for a day or staying a week, you will discover that the historic Richmond region is home to many wonderful attractions.
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1913 Map of Richmond