Virginia Museum of History & Culture reopens after $30 million renovation

Virginia Museum of History and CultureThe Virginia Museum of History & Culture has reopened after a landmark reimagining of the Richmond-based institution.

Through its collection of more than 9 million objects, its renowned research library, its galleries and its public programs, the VMHC shares the history of Virginia and the United States.

On opening weekend, more than 4,000 visitors enjoyed a renewed, innovative and welcoming museum experience after the most comprehensive and transformative renovation in the institution’s nearly 200-year history.

Designed to engage, inform and inspire, the revamped museum seeks to open the minds of young and old, offer different perspectives and make connections between then and now by presenting history through a fresh lens and accessible.

The exhibits on display now include:

  • Our Commonwealth: A permanent exhibition under a marquee is the centerpiece of the museum’s novelties. It offers an in-depth, multi-sensory exploration of Virginia’s five major regions, featuring stories and artifacts from partner organizations and cultural institutions across the state.
  • American Democracy: A great leap of faith: An exhibit curated by the Smithsonian that brings America’s Great Experiment of Democracy to life
  • Virginia Treasures: Featuring artifacts associated with Virginians who, through extraordinary leadership and creativity, have worked to shape the future of our state and nation
  • Commonwealth Explorers: A new interactive learning space for the museum’s youngest visitors
  • Story Questions: An introductory exhibit that talks about how history connects us all

The new Orientation Theater screens “Imagine Virginia,” a 17-minute film highlighting moments and scenes from Virginia’s history.

VMHC is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society – a private, nonprofit organization established in 1831.

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