The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is dedicated to presenting exhibitions that interpret both broad and focused themes from Virginia's story, highlighting rare and everyday artifacts from our collection of over nine million artifacts and those on loan through partnerships with fellow cultural institutions. Past exhibitions have featured a wide variety of topics from more challenging ones on race and gender to more lighthearted looks into entertainment and art. A selection of our past exhibitions is listed below. Contact us with any questions about other prior exhibitions not listed.
- Past Exhibitions
See What You May Have Missed
Check out a few of the exhibitions the VMHC has hosted in the past
The Virginia Watercolor Society’s 41st Annual Exhibition
Sat, Oct 31 - Sun, Dec 13 2020
The VMHC hosted the 41st annual juried exhibition of the Virginia Watercolor Society (VWS) featuring more than 80 paintings—all works created by members of the VWS. Subjects ranged from landscapes, scenes of everyday life, and imaginary scenes to still lifes, portraits, and abstractions.
Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today
Sun, Mar 8 - Sun, Nov 1 2020
Organized in conjunction with the statewide Women’s Suffrage Centennial, this exhibition featured artifacts from the museum’s vast collections and new acquisitions made through a major collecting initiative, celebrated a century of women’s social and political activism in the Commonwealth.
A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100
Wed, Jul 1 - Sun, Nov 1 2020
This exhibition celebrated the efforts in preservation and horticulture made by the Garden Club of Virginia during its 100-year history.
Mending Walls RVA
Wed, Jul 1 - Mon, Sep 7 2020
This pop-up exhibition and community collaboration featured a diverse group of artists creating public artwork as a tool to promote empathy and connection.
Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality
Sat, Jun 22 2019 - Sun, Mar 29 2020
This exhibition examined the long history of black Americans in North America as they have fought for freedom, equal justice, and access to opportunities.
Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and The Virginians
Sat, Oct 19 2019 - Sun, Feb 2 2020
This exhibition explored Alexander Hamilton’s relationships with the founding generation of Virginians through rare artifacts and interactive experiences.
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
Sat, Nov 23 2019 - Sun, Jan 12 2020
This exhibition examined the making of this animated classic and celebrated the anticipation, joy, and pitfalls of the holiday season.
Oh, Shenandoah: Landscapes of Diversity
Sat, Dec 8 2018 - Sun, Oct 20 2019
This exhibition explored the Shenandoah Valley as a landscape of American diversity, settlement, and conflict through landscape paintings by artist Andrei Kushnir.
John Marshall: Hidden Hero of National Union
Sun, Feb 10 - Sun, Sep 15 2019
Highlighting objects like his Law Commonplace Notebook, spectacles and inkwell, writing desk, and even his hair, this exhibition explored the themes and accomplishments of John Marshall's lifez.
The League of Wives: Vietnam's POW/MIA Advocates & Allies
Sat, Mar 2 - Mon, Sep 2 2019
Featuring artifacts, photographs, and oral histories, this exhibition illustrated the dramatic story of how the spouses of American servicemen bucked government protocol and challenged the traditional role of “military wife.”
Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia
Mon, Sep 10 2018 - Sun, Apr 21 2019
This unprecedented exhibition explored the power of murals to encourage reflection on Virginia’s past by inviting artists to produce works inspired by one or more historical items from the museum’s collection, and in so doing examine our present and inspire us to think about ways we can shape the future.
The Commonwealth and the Great War
Sat, Feb 17 - Mon, Dec 31 2018
This exhibition explored the role Virginians played in World War I and highlighted the stories of individual Virginians who carried the state’s military tradition to the battlefront.
Inside Looking Out: The Art of Queena Stovall
Sat, May 12 - Sun, Oct 14 2018
This exhibition explored life in rural Virginia through 44 paintings created by Lynchburg, Virginia folk artist Queena Stovall.
A Material World
Sat, Nov 18 2017 - Sun, Apr 8 2018
Featuring 43 iconic images from the archives of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and accompanied by historical objects that include fragments of the Berlin Wall and a tambourine and gloves used by Prince in Purple Rain, this exhibition highlighted political and social issues as well as pop culture and fashion trends as they were experienced by Virginians.
Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s
Fri, Feb 24 - Sun, Dec 31 2017
Through this exhibition, visitors experienced the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that brought the decades back to life.