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A wood rolltop desk with three drawers and a gold scale symbol embossed on the top

Secrets & Symbols

Opens December 9, 2023

Representing a diverse range of artisans, eras, and object types, the featured items in this display share a common thread: they all have hidden contents, symbolic messages, or other personalized features. Visitors can explore these objects' secrets and what they reveal about their makers, owners...
A black and white photo of Julia Child in her kitchen standing behind a countertop filled with cooking implements and ingredients

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life

Opens March 16, 2024

Learning to cook empowered Julia and she in turn empowered others, profoundly transforming American cuisine and food culture. This exhibition explores the key ingredients that led to Julia’s personal evolution and America’s culinary revolution.
Two people hold an ornately frame painted portrait of two people in early 1900s dress

A Better Life for Their Children:

Opens May 25, 2024

From 1912-37, the Rosenwald schools program built 5,357 schools, shops, and teacher’s homes across 15 Southern and border states. The exhibition features 23 photographs by Andrew Feiler of schools restored and yet-to-be restored and portraits of people with compelling connections to these schools.

Traveling Bricks

Opens October 19, 2024

As LEGO® opens its first and only U.S. manufacturing plant in the Virginia, VMHC guests can embark an exciting journey through transportation history with more than 100 models of iconic land, air, sea, and space vehicles constructed from nearly 1 million LEGO® bricks.
A young solider in military fatigues and helmet carrying a camo backpack

Virginia and the Vietnam War

Opens November 23, 2024

On the 50th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, this display will invite guests to immerse themselves in the choices, perspectives, and experiences of Virginians during the Vietnam War era, and to consider the long-term impact of the conflict on the Commonwealth.
Detail from painting that depicts Patrick Henry's speech against the Stamp Act of 1765

Give Me Liberty

Opens March 22, 2025

This exhibition will inspire a deep appreciation for the continental and global forces as well as the individual actions by both iconic and ordinary people that brought about a model of democratic government that would change the world. Give Me Liberty: Virginia and the Forging of a Nation is the...
Script writing on a sepia page

Free Black People in Virginia

Opens June 14, 2025

Explore the lives of free Black Virginians from the arrival of the first captive Africans in 1619 to the abolition of slavery in 1865 as they achieved their freedom, fought for their civil rights, and persevered within a legal system that recognized them as free but not equal.

We The People

Opens March 14, 2026

This exhibition will explore the many people who, over centuries, have made Virginia the unique place it is in America and in the world, and the dramatic impact of the immigrant experience throughout Virginia’s history as people arrived from the four corners of the globe.