"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Immerse yourself in Virginia's history by visiting one of our exhibitions.

 

The Story of Virginia

Come explore life in the foothills of Virginia.

Lynchburg folk artist and Amherst County native Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall (1887–1980) began painting at the age of 62. Her meticulously-detailed paintings document life in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains, from crop harvests to livestock auctions, farm chores to community celebrations. 

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“A Must See For Virginia and American History”

Get closer to your history

Start your journey through the Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s exhibitions. Our current long-term exhibitions include the Story of Virginia, Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer and Landscapes of Virginia.

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“Great visit for the entire family”

Access to your history

Our collections are available online and in our reading room for researchers, genealogists, educators, and students. From fossils to 21st century documents and artifacts, start exploring 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Unknown No Longer is a database of the names of all the enslaved Virginians that appear in our unpublished documents.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
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“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 extensive collection of our library is open to all Virginia Historical Society patrons, from the curious visitor to the professional researcher.
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VMHC offers several different types of membership to meet your needs.
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