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Located just a half mile from Richmond VA bed and breakfast Maury Place at Monument, the exhibits at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) are one of the most popular Richmond attractions for our B&B guests. The Historical Society is located adjacent to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on North Boulevard, and features thirteen exhibition galleries with more than 25,000 square feet of space.  One of our country's largest historical societies, the VHS show all periods of Virginia history under one roof.  In addition to its musuem exhibits, the Historical Society features a research library and a museum shop. Museum exhibits and use of the research library are free to the public.

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Image: Civil War in Virginia Exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society

As we enter the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the museum is showing the special exhibition "An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia", relating the complex story of Virginia's involvement in the conflict. Using original objects, interactive technology, and audiovisual programs, the exhibit relates personal stories of those involved during and after the war. The exhibit runs Feburary 4 through December 31, 2011.

The Virginia Historical Society is a private organization, founded in 1831, with Chief Justice John Marshall as its first president, and James Madison its first honorary member. The Society's library is a major resource for international scholarship on American and southern history. Two floors of the building are leased to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR), with its own collections and archives relating to historic preservation of Virginia's historic properties and architecture. The VDHR is the state organization which oversees preservation of historic buildings in the state, including the historic easements protecting our historic inn, Maury Place at Monument.

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