Virginia Museum of History & Culture


Virginia's attic is looking pretty darn impressive after a multimillion-dollar renovation. With easy-to-digest changing and permanent exhibits tracing the story of the Commonwealth from its prehistoric beginnings to today, this is a great place for a quick history primer before setting out to explore the state's many historic sites.

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1. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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5. Virginia War Memorial

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