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!
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.
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:
Join the VMHC Education team on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month at 10:00 am for a free half-hour virtual exhibition highlight tour! The topics covered will change regularly, but we will explore The Story of Virginia as well as our changing exhibitions. Upcoming programs will be held on September 9, September 23, October 14, and October 28.
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!
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:
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:
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.
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!