We are continuing to offer digital content and programming here for those who wish to engage with us remotely or visit us in person by reserving a ticket in advance.
We wish to thank our members for this support! Please don’t forget that unlike our neighboring museums, we don’t receive state operating support, it is through private donations that we do our work. Thank you!
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Virginians are making history every day as we adapt to the effects of a global pandemic, confront inequalities in our community, and make countless personal decisions that shape the future of our Commonwealth. We are collecting and preserving documents, images, and objects that will help future generations understand our present.
We hope you will help us allow future generations to understand what it felt like to live through our time by sharing your story, uploading a meaningful moment captured in a photograph or recorded on video, or suggesting a personal object that represents your unique experience. Contribute your story at VirginiaHistory.org/ShareYourStory.
The #RVAHistoryHunt is a partnership between the VMHC and the Valentine, working together on a city-wide collaboration that brings together over 15 Richmond cultural organizations to present a unique scavenger hunt experience. Launched on National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24) and running through August 23, this unique scavenger hunt experience has been carefully tailored to create a new way of engaging with the Richmond community while being aware of the unique challenges brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
There are two available scavenger hunts, a physical hunt and a digital hunt, in which you can participate – while practicing safe social distancing – with your family, roommates, or on your own. Plus once you complete the hunt(s), you’ll have the chance to be entered to win museum shop discounts and items from participating locations!
We're bringing you a series of virtual Banner Lectures, featuring distinguished speakers presenting a variety of important topics about the Commonwealth's history.
We invite you to join us online on each appointed day via two channels:
The VMHC curatorial staff will take you beyond the bare facts of Virginia history and uncover the real stories and real people behind the dates. The VMHC cares for a collection of nearly 9 million items and only a small fraction is on display at one time. In this series our staff reveal treasures from the collection that the public seldom get to see.
We invite you to tune in for our online premieres each Friday via two channels:
Don't forget to leave a question for our curators in the comments section during our premieres!
"From the Vault: Hidden Gems from the VMHC Collections" by Dr. William M.S. Rasmussen, Senior Museum Collections Curator & Lora M. Robins Curator of Art
"Virginia on Film" by Andrew Talkov, Sr. Director of Curatorial Affairs
"Moral, Maternal, Mannish, & Monstrous: Suffragist Images, 1900-1920" by Dr. Karen A. Sherry, Museum Collections Curator
"A Letter Is Worth A Thousand Words" by L. Paige Newman, Manuscript Collections Curator, and Laura E. G. Stoner, Sallie and William B. Thalhimer III Senior Archivist
"True Crime: Sex, Murder, and the Trial of Thomas Cluverius" by Andrew Talkov, Sr. Director of Curatorial Affairs
"Virginia Stories from the Underground Railroad" by Dr. Karen A. Sherry, Museum Collections Curator
Join the VMHC as members of our education team “mythbust” some fan-favorite historical films! Watch the film in advance, whenever or however works best for you, and then log into an interactive Zoom presentation where we will chat about what’s true, what’s not, and make some interesting connections to our collection. Feel free to fill out the optional worksheet to get a sneak peek of our discussion, or just join us at 7:00 pm ready to learn!
Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 pm | TURN: Washington's Spies (Season 1, Episode 1) with Hailey Fenner, Manager of Digital Learning
Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00 pm | Disney's Pocahontas (Family Friendly!) with Hailey Fenner, Manager of Digital Learning
Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 pm | The New World with Maggie Creech, Manager of Museum Programs
You can still spend the day at the museum with our virtual gallery tours! Virtually walk through our exhibitions with 360° images and click on exhibition objects to learn more about their stories.
Check out our featured exhibition virtual tours:
Get your dose of Virginia history delivered straight to your ears with Rachel DePompa of NBC12 and gain insights into our state's ever-evolving story. A few episodes you may enjoy include:
Why do we call Virginia a “commonwealth” and not a “state”? – Season 1, Episode 4 (June 24-30, 2019)
The History of Slavery in Virginia, with VMHC Curator of Exhibitions Dr. Karen Sherry – Season 1, Episode 6 (July 8-14, 2019)
The Legacy of the 13th Amendment, with VMHC Curator of Exhibitions Dr. Karen Sherry – Season 2, Episode 5 (Dec. 16-22, 2019)
The internal struggle of Robert E. Lee as he resigns from the US Army, with VMHC Senior Museum Collections Curator Dr. William Rasmussen and revisiting the largest manhunt in American history, with Andrew Talkov, VMHC Sr. Director of Curatorial Affairs – both featured on Season 3, Episode 1 (April 20-26, 2020)
The Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, the quarterly journal of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, was established in 1893 and publishes articles and book reviews about Virginia and southern history. A few articles you may enjoy, all of which won the William M. E. Rachal Award:
"Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women's Suffrage to Today (A Brief Summary)" – Vol 128, No. 2 (2020)
“Sarah Garland Jones,” by Cassandra Newby-Alexander – Vol. 126, No. 2 (2018)
“‘This Unpleasant Business’: Slavery, Law, and the Pleasants Family in Post-Revolutionary Virginia,” by William Fernandez Hardin – Vol. 125, No. 3 (2017)
“‘Bolder Attitude’: James Monroe, the French Revolution, and the Making of the Monroe Doctrine,” by Brook Poston – Vol. 124, No. 4 (2016)
Color Our Collections: Download coloring pages created from the VMHC collections and unleash your creativity!
Games of the Past: Our new video series, Games of the Past, explores how kids played throughout history! Each video provides a quick history of a game and provides instructions to create the game at home.
Pieces of History Online Puzzles: Enjoy these online puzzles from the collections of the VMHC. We're adding new puzzles weekly, so keep checking in for more.
Virginia History Explorer: This archive of illustrated articles explores Virginia history through past exhibitions, hidden treasures in our library, and History Corner articles from the VHS History Notes magazine.
Watch Educational Videos: Our educational videos are designed for a K-12 Audience. These videos are based on the Standards of Learning (SOL) and include animated primary source documents.
Webinars Archive: Missed a webinar or just want to rewatch it? Check out our archives; recordings are uploaded often, so please check back frequently!
The Story of Virginia Digital Timeline: Explore Virginia's history through an interactive timeline of primary sources from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and Library of Congress.
More Learning Resources for Teachers & Students: Check out our other learning resources and student activities. Activities like "You Be the Curator!" and "My Virtual Visit Find & Sketch" are available for download.