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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.
Treasures of Virginia
This gallery features a rotating display of extraordinary items related to individuals or events that shaped the identity of our state and nation.
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
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.
Taking Aim features the stories of craftspeople, inventors, soldiers, and even lawbreakers as told through firearms from the VMHC collection.
The Story of Virginia
Finding the Familiar
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.
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.
This display presents a selection of items related to young Virginians across the centuries and the stories that they tell.
Visionary Virginians: The Folk Art Collection of William and Ann Oppenhimer
This display celebrates the vision of William and Ann Oppenhimer with a selection of Virginia folk art from their remarkable collection.
Landscapes of Virginia
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.
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.
The Lost Cause: Myths, Monuments, & Murals
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.
Featured Collections Items
The VMHC has a collection of more than 9 million items. Here are just a few them (please note that not all of them may be on display to the public). Search the Library or Museum Objects Collections databases to learn more.