Virginia Museum of History & Culture

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Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

Key Info

428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA

Price & Hours

$10 for adults; $5 for children 6-17
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is operated by the Virginia Historical Society. The society's mission is to present Virginia's history in its entirety through inclusive storytelling. And once you step inside the building, you'll see it accomplishes that task. The museum boasts an exhaustive collection of the commonwealth's historic artifacts, including tools, maps, photographs, letters and artwork. The main exhibit, "The Story of Virginia," catalogues the history of Virginia from Native American tribes that inhabited the area thousands of years ago to the invasion of colonists to the present day. Additional exhibits explore the history of weapons in the commonwealth and Virginia's terrain through paintings. Want to do your own investigating? Head to the on-site library where you can look up historical records and conduct your own genealogical research.

Recent visitors raved about this museum, which they described as a fun and educational rainy-day activity. Though it's next door to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, museumgoers say you cannot do both in one day. You'll need to reserve a day for each to explore both fully.

Beginning in the fall of 2020, the museum will undergo a massive renovation; it's projected to finish in spring 2022. Portions of the museum may be closed during your visit. Nevertheless, you can visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 17. Admission to the library is included in your ticket. There's free parking available on-site. Go to the Virginia Historical Society's official website for more information.

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