See What's Currently On Display

   

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A man and girl view an exhibition case in the Story of Virginia gallery

Current Exhibitions

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Archaeologists examine a colonial-era trash pit from the Bray Site (44JC34) at Kingsmill in James City County.

Uncommon Strength

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This exhibition developed in partnership with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources relies on the use of cultural context in archaeological investigations to interpret the ways in which enslaved Africans resisted bondage and created their own history and culture.

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A brown leather jacket with sewn patches on the front and a flapped pocket on the bottom left and right sides

Treasures of Virginia

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This gallery features a rotating display of extraordinary items related to individuals or events that shaped the identity of our state and nation.

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A pin-back button with American flag stars and stripes and the words: American Democracy - A Leap of Faith

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

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Examining our government’s founding and the continuing story of America’s bold experiment in a government “of, by, and for the people," American Democracy comes to life through Smithsonian collection artifacts, contemporary objects, and touchable artifacts.

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Close-up of a musket's flintlock, with an exterior bridle and is engraved with a floral pattern and is marked "Collicot"

Taking Aim

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Taking Aim features the stories of craftspeople, inventors, soldiers, and even lawbreakers as told through firearms from the VMHC collection.

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Story of Virginia Gallery in VMHC. View shows colonial portraits in background and glass cases in foreground

The Story of Virginia

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This exhibition interprets 16,000 years of Virginia history and features more than 500 artifacts, maps, letters, and diaries.
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White Text on a Blue Background reads Finding the Familiar

Finding the Familiar

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Finding the Familiar celebrates the uniqueness and relatability of everyday objects and allows visitors to appreciate the extraordinary stories of the people they meet every day. 

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Black horizontal square board mounted to black skull-cap. A mixed media collage is assembled on a piece of black poster board cut to the size of the square board. The collage includes the following: gold, silver, and white glitter stars; silver glitter numbers and letters to spell out "1st" and "NANOSCIENTIST"; silver rhinestones; gold and silver glitter glue; elements from the periodic table to spell out B La C K [Boron, Lanthanum, Carbon, Potassium]; a photographic image of a black woman from the eyes up

History Matters

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Featuring selections from the VMHC’s vast collection of nine million items, this exhibition will inspire guests to seek a deeper understanding of the transformative power of history.

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Street scene, goat cart and children.

Commonwealth Kids

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This display presents a selection of items related to young Virginians across the centuries and the stories that they tell.  

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An painting of an aerial view of a lake with swans, surrounded by trees and a clouded sunny sky

Visionary Virginians: The Folk Art Collection of William and Ann Oppenhimer

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This display celebrates the vision of William and Ann Oppenhimer with a selection of Virginia folk art from their remarkable collection.

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Valley & Ridge - "The Passing Storm, Shenandoah Valley" by Alexis Fournier, 1924

Landscapes of Virginia

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An exhibition of diverse landscape paintings that showcase the variety of terrain and climate that characterize Virginia’s distinct geographical regions.
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A rendering of the Tidewater section of Our Commonwealth

Our Commonwealth

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 This new signature exhibition provides an in-depth, multi-sensory journey through the five major regions of Virginia and features stories and artifacts from across the state to reveal that place is not only about geography, but also the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.

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A gallery with a dogwood tree mural, picnic table, and interactive children's costumes

Commonwealth Explorers

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This gallery offers a playful exploration specifically oriented toward VMHC’s youngest visitors and their companions, launching a connection to Virginia’s distinctive history and culture for years to come.

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A mural of Confederate soliders on horseback in an autumn landscape of hillside and trees

The Lost Cause: Myths, Monuments, & Murals

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This exhibition explores the history of the Lost Cause as expressed through a cycle of military murals and a sculpture of Robert E. Lee previously on view at the U.S. Capitol.