Learn about upcoming exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality JUNE 22, 2019 – March 29, 2020
This exhibition will explore the African American experience in Virginia from the arrival of the first Africans in English North America in 1619 to the present day. Throughout this 400-year-long history, African Americans have played a pivotal role in shaping America’s national identity and culture. This exhibition focuses on key Virginians and Virginia events that defined the meaning of American democracy, equality, and justice. Learn more.
Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and the Virginians October 19, 2019 – February 2, 2020
The “ten-dollar Founding Father” will take over the Virginia Museum of History & Culture just in time for the Virginia tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning Hamilton: An American Musical. Throughout the museum, guests can discover rare artifacts related to themes from Hamilton and experience an interactive exhibition that explores Hamilton’s relationships with the founding generation of Virginians.Learn more.
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! November 23, 2019 – January 12, 2020
For millions of Americans, it really isn’t Christmas until they have watched A Charlie Brown Christmas at least once! This exhibition, from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, examines the making of this animated classic and celebrates the anticipation, joy, and pitfalls of the holiday season through Peanuts comic strips, vintage novelties, a Santa letter writing station, and photo opportunities. Learn more.
Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today March 14, 2020 – September 27, 2020
Organized in conjunction with the statewide Women’s Suffrage Centennial, this exhibition featuring artifacts from the museum’s vast collections and new acquisitions made through a major collecting initiative, celebrates a century of women’s social and political activism in the Commonwealth. Highlighting the efforts and impact of a selection of female change-makers these women brought about positive change in their communities, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Learn more.
In conjunction with the Determined exhibition and with our ongoing commitment to tell the stories of all Virginians, we are asking for the public’s help to build the museum’s collections to better preserve the complex experience of African Americans in Virginia.
We are particularly interested in items that represent:
African American achievements in Virginia politics, business, culture, and other arenas in the 20th and 21st centuries
life under Jim Crow segregation
the Civil Rights Movement
expressions of black pride
the recent fight against persistent racism and injustice as seen in the Black Lives Matter movement and Charlottesville protests
If you have objects (such as documents, letters, family mementos, personal effects, and images) that you would like to share with the museum, please contact Dr. Karen Sherry, Curator of Exhibitions, at (804) 342-9683 or ksherry@VirginiaHistory.org.