Learn about upcoming exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia Oct 27, 2018 – April 14, 2019
This unprecedented exhibition brings together original large-scale artwork created by Virginia-based artists with historical objects, books, letters, diaries, and photographs from the museum's world-class collection of nine million items representing the story of Virginia. The walls inside the Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Gallery will be transformed with fresh paint and expressive reflections on Virginia’s past. Using the mural aesthetic to blend the present with the past, the exhibit is the first of its kind for a history museum in the Commonwealth. Learn more.
Oh, Shenandoah: Landscapes of diversity Dec 8, 2018 – Sept 1, 2019
This exhibition will feature 50 plein air paintings by contemporary artist Andrei Kushnir representing the communities, farmlands, waterways, and historical sites of the Shenandoah Valley. A full-time painter since 1980, Kushnir captures the extraordinary beauty and richness of the Valley as well as the qualities that enticed pioneers—and those that followed—to settle and remain there. Learn more.
Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality JUNE 19, 2019-March 1, 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.
In conjunction with this 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.