"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Immerse yourself in Virginia's history by visiting one of our exhibitions.


The Story of Virginia

Make an appointment to view photographs and museum objects

Photographs, prints, paintings, sculptures, artifacts, and other three-dimensional objects are included in the society's museum collections. Items not currently on exhibition are generally available to be viewed by appointment.

Appointments to view objects in the VHS museum collections that cannot be viewed or studied in the VHS library reading room because of size, condition, or composition may be scheduled with or through the VHS collections manager.  A non-refundable advance fee of $45 per hour is charged non-members.  That fee includes the appointment with a VHS staff member, any necessary research by VHS staff, and pulling and returning items to storage.   In no case will the collections manager pull more than ten (10) objects per appointment.

VHS members receive two hours of service without charge, per appointment, and the appointment can include the member and a “guest.” 

All appointments take place at the VHS, located at 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, Va. 23220 (get directions).

For those unable to visit Richmond, the VHS does offer photocopies and digital reproductions.

(Please note that the VHS does not make "quick" scans for review.)

(i.e. personal, commercial, academic)
(include names, titles, or accession numbers)
(i.e. private, publication, exhibition, advertising)
When would you like to view these items?
(appointments available Tuesday through Thursday)
(appointment times available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)