"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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The Story of Virginia

Upcoming Exhibitions

Learn about upcoming exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. 

Oh, Shenandoah: Landscapes of diversity
Dec 8, 2018 – Sept 1, 2019

Painting, "Long Branch Plantation, Clarke County, Millwood" by Andrei KushnirThis exhibition will feature 52 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

Painting, "Slave Hunt" by Thomas Moran, 19th century (accession  number: 2000.161)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.

Collections Drive

Brochure, 1955 NAACP Freedom Day. (Accession number 2003.234.5) 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


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