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  • Free; special exhibits cost extra
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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 museumgoers curious about Civil War history  you just might have hit the jackpot.

Recent visitors raved about this free museum, which they described as a fun and educational rainy day activity. Though you have to pay to access special exhibits, reviewers were happy to fork over the extra cash to peruse. 

You can visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the library is closed on Sunday). The museum and library are free to visit; special exhibits may cost an additional fee. There's free parking available on-site. Go to the Virginia Historical Society's official website for more information.

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#1 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Most visitors are impressed with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, comparing its collections to what you would find in the art museums of much larger cities.  Read more » Bilyana Dimitrova / Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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