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Past Exhibitions

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The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is dedicated to presenting exhibitions that interpret both broad and focused themes from Virginia's story, highlighting rare and everyday artifacts from our collection of over nine million artifacts and those on loan through partnerships with fellow cultural institutions. Exhibitions feature topics from throughout the Commonwealth's long history, allowing visitors to reflect on the past, interpret the present, and explore the potential of the future. Browse a few of our past exhibitions below.

"Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality" will examine the long history of black Americans in North America as they have fought for freed
Find out more about Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality
Determined exhibition image
Discover rare artifacts and experience an interactive exhibition that explores Alexander Hamilton’s relationships with the founding generation of Virginians.
Find out more about Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and The Virginians
Founding Frenemies exhibition logo
The "Fresh Paint" exhibition celebrates Virginia's vibrant creative community by featuring murals from local artists inspired by items from our c
Find out more about Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia
Nico Cathcart paints a depiction of a tree trunk

Mending Walls RVA

July 1September 7
This pop-up exhibition and community collaboration featured a diverse group of artists creating public artwork as a tool to promote empathy and connection.
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Mending Walls RVA logo
Organized in conjunction with the statewide Women’s Suffrage Centennial, this exhibition featuring artifacts from the museum’s vast collections and new acquisit
Find out more about Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today
Learn about various weapons and accoutrements from the Virginia Historical Society’s collection.
Find out more about Arming the Commonwealth
Woodson Musket – Close up

Oh, Shenandoah: Landscapes of Diversity

December 8October 20
Visit the exhibition "Oh, Shenandoah: Landscapes of Diversity"
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Long Branch Plantation, Andrei Kushnir
This exhibition features silver produced throughout Virginia.
Find out more about Silver in Virginia
Silver in Virginia - Silver Hunting Cup (Gift of Frances Roberdeau Wolfe, 1963.25)
Celebrate the efforts in preservation and horticulture made by the Garden Club of Virginia during its 100-year history!
Find out more about A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100
A Landscape Saved signature image. Falling Spring Falls. Photo courtesy of Scenic Virginia and Warren Faught.

John Marshall: Hidden Hero of National Union

February 10September 15
John Marshall: Hidden Hero of National Union exhibition on display February 16, 2019 to September 29, 2019.
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John Marshall

Coming Out, Affecting Change

September 24October 1
For centuries, social and legal discrimination forced most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) Virginians to conceal their relationships and
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Coming Out Affecting Change exhibition signature image: two hands form a heart with the rainbow Pride flag in the background
The VMHC is excited to host the 41st annual juried exhibition of the Virginia Watercolor Society (VWS).
Find out more about The Virginia Watercolor Society’s 41st Annual Exhibition
A watercolor painting in tones of gold, orange, and grayish blue of a large ethereal gate with two doves flying upward

The Commonwealth and the Great War

February 17December 31
Visit "The Commonwealth and the Great War" exhibition and learn about the role Virginian's played in World War I.
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Victory Loan Tanks at the Virginia State Capitol, 1919 (VHS 2001.230.1914)
Featuring artifacts, photographs, and oral histories, The League of Wives illustrates the dramatic story of how the spouses of American servicemen bucked govern
Find out more about The League of Wives: Vietnam's POW/MIA Advocates & Allies
The League of Wives: Vietnam's POW/MIA Advocates & Allies

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

November 23January 12
This exhibition examines the making of this animated classic and celebrates the anticipation, joy, and pitfalls of the holiday season.
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Charlie Brown holding a little tree in the snow
Explore life in rural Virginia through 44 paintings created by Lynchburg, Virginia folk artist, Queena Stovall. On display through October 14, 2018.
Find out more about Inside Looking Out: The Art of Queena Stovall
Picture of the Peaches Are In painting by Queena Stovall

The Ashe '68 Virtual Reality Experience

June 22September 2
Discover an eight-minute VR experience that takes you into the moments before Arthur Ashe's historic win at the 1968 US Open.
Find out more about The Ashe '68 Virtual Reality Experience
Woman using a VR viewing headset. Image courtesy of Ashe '68.

Ashe ’68 Photo Exhibit

June 15July 7
See near-life-sized displays feature rarely seen images of Arthur Ashe by LIFE photographer John Zimmerman.
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Arthur Ashe. Photograph by John G. Zimmerman.


June 1September 8
In partnership with The Next Move Program, the VMHC is displaying portraits featuring remarkable and varied stories of individuals from the Richmond area as par
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capABLE photo exhibit

A Material World

November 18April 8
Shoulder pads. Cabbage Patch dolls. This rad exhibit will take you back to the 1980s!
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Photograph of Stephanie Lane wearing seven Swatch watches. Image courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

February 24December 31
Experience the nation’s most popular toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.
Find out more about Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

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