"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Tips for your visit

Please review the following tips before you arrive at the museum. If you are a teacher, you may want to show your students The Story of Virginia online exhibition to see a preview of what they will see when they visit.

Does the VHS have a gift shop?

  • Yes. The Pusey 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 Pusey Museum Shop at 804.342.9671 to reserve your souvenir bags.

Does the VHS have a cafeteria?

  • No. Picnic tables are available on the grounds of the Virginia Historical Society. We encourage your group to use our back lawn and picnic tables before or after your visit. 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.

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. To ensure that your group gets the most out of its visit, please review the museum rules before your arrival and share the information with adult chaperones who will join your group.

Can multiple tours be schedule 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 each year. The earlier you contact the VHS, the more likely you will be able to secure your preferred tour date and time.

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.

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