We are dedicated to serving as the state-wide hub for the teaching of Virginia history through providing engaging learning resources, educational online tools, and meaningful multimedia content for educators, students, and history lovers of all ages.
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.
I Spy: Virginia's Hidden History: Explore the history of espionage in the Commonwealth and train to become one of Virginia's top secret agents with this activity. This packet includes instructions for spies-in-training to practice breaking codes and send hidden messages with homemade invisible ink!
Online Exhibitions & Virtual Tours
Explore the VMHC digitally by taking a 360-degree tour of the exhibitions and reading the online exhibition text or narrative. The following exhibits are available online:
Museum of You: This activity allows visitors to curate an exhibition about themselves! Download the Museum of You packet to find examples created by staff at the VMHC and an activity guide for both elementary and secondary students.
You Be the Curator!:This activity is designed for students to explore the role of a museum curator and learn about the role objects play in storytelling in museum exhibitions. Using a pre-curated packet of collections objects, students are asked to curate a mini-exhibition about the chosen topic. This activity works well for grades 4 - 12. Secondary students can go beyond simple object selection by creating exhibit labels and titles using the worksheets in the instruction packet.
Virginia History Explorer: The Virginia History Explorer is full of illustrated articles about Virginia history including primary soruces, secondary sources, past exhibitions, and hidden treasures from the collections.