Virginia Historical Society
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Located in Richmond's Museum District, the Virginia Historical Society boasts an exhaustive collection of the commonwealth's Civil War memorabilia, including books, newspapers, photographs, business and genealogical records -- even sheet music. In other words, for museum-goers curious about Civil War history -- you just might have hit the jackpot.
Recent guests -- who appear to all be history junkies, admittedly -- can't stop gushing over the warm staff, the informative (and frequently updated) exhibits, and even the super-clean bathrooms. "If you want to understand Virginia's history," writes one TripAdvisor user, "plan on spending 2-3 hours in their exhibit."
You can visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays the gallery and gift shop is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (but the library is closed). The museum and library are free to visit. Go to the Virginia Historical Society's official website for more information.