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Start your journey through the Virginia Historical Society's exhibitions. Tickets are on sale now for "Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s."

Our signature exhibition, The Story of Virginia, features objects that will help guide the visitor through more than 16,000 years of Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. Other long-term exhibitions include Changing Styles: 300 Years of Virginia Art and Design, Landscapes of Virginia, The Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer, and Charles Hoffbauer: "Painter of Historical Murals."


Upcoming exhibitions include "Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s."
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Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s
Discover 16,000 years of history in The Story of Virginia exhibition.
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View five of Virginia's most iconic colonial homes in miniature, including a 4-foot tall representation of the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg.
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Miniature Homes exhibit signature graphic
This small and playful exhibition explores how literature and illustration for young audiences evolved over the last 170 years.
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Illustrated Treasures exhibit signature graphic
Features twenty-one landscape paintings that reveal the variety of terrain and climate that charecterizes Virginia's five distinct physical regions
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Passing Storm (1996.172.2)
View items from the Virginia Historical Society's collections that represent more than 300 years of Virginia art and design.
Find out more about Changing Styles: 300 Years of Virginia Art and Design
Italianate Desk Detail
Learn about how artist Charles Hoffbauer produced the Memorial Military Murals and the three-year restoration process of these murals.
Find out more about Charles Hoffbauer: "Painter of Historical Murals"
Charles Hoffbauer (2003.298.23.A)
Learn about various weapons and accoutrements from the Virginia Historical Society’s collection.
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Woodson Musket – Close up
Painted between 1913 and 1920, the murals represent one of the few large-scale pieces of Civil War artwork on public view in the country.
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J. E. B. Stuary in the Cavalry (Autumn) Mural
This exhibition features silver produced throughout Virginia.
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Silver in Virginia - Silver Hunting Cup (Gift of Frances Roberdeau Wolfe, 1963.25)
Learn more about smaller exhibitions and the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center Displays.
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The War Horse
Explore the Virginia Historical Society's collections on the road by visiting one of our traveling exhibitions today.
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Robert Knox Sneden