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VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY            804-358-4901
Fax:  804-342-9647                         
428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA  23221-0311

DIRECTIONS: I-95 or I-64 take Exit 78.  From north or west turn right to Kensington Ave.  Virginia Historical Society on right.  From south or east, at the bottom of the ramp turn left.  First light turn right, next light turn left onto Blvd.  Straight until Kensington.  Museum on right.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The Virginia Historical Society is a history museum, research library, and educational facility all in one. The 179-year-old VHS features award-winning museum exhibitions about all kinds of Virginia-related topics. The VHS is the only museum with all of Virginia’s history under one roof—all centuries, all regions, and all topics are covered.

Time travel through Virginia history with the long-term exhibit, “The Story of Virginia, an American Experience” featuring electronic gallery guides, drawers of “please touch” objects and an 1830s Conestoga wagon.

PARKING:  3 wheelchair accessible parking spaces.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Asphalt and ramps with no steep grades.

ENTRANCE:  Entrance on ground level.  Ramps provided.  Glass entry doors, 36 in. wide, open out easily with clearly marked pull handles located 37 in. above floor.  Handrails.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Ground level and first floor.  Doors are 36 in. wide, and open in.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 33 in. wide doors opening in, and handrails.  Sink height is 34 in.  Pipes are wrapped.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.  Rest rooms are identified by a raised figure with pants or skirt on door to designate men or women.

ELEVATOR:  Wheelchair accessible elevator with sound indicator.  Interior of car is 60 in. by 120 in.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are supplements and hands-on exhibits, and documents in large print on non-glossy surfaces. 

GIFT SHOP:  Aisles 48 in. wide.  Counters 31 in. high.  Clerks assist customers with special needs.  Aisles clear of temporary displays.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Hours 10-5 daily. Museum shop offers books, prints and unique gifts that reflect Va. and US history. Free admission to museum.  Fee for special exhibitions. Group rates available. Librart open 10-5 Mon.-Sat. VHS closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Library closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve Day. 

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