Virginia History Museum closes so final touches can be made to expansion | news / fairfax


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The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) in Richmond will soon complete the largest and most transformative renovation in its nearly 200-year history.

The museum, operated by the Virginia Historical Society, remained open with limited capacity during most of the construction, which began in October 2020, but will close from January 1 to public reopening on May 14.

This closure will allow for the final phase of construction, the installation of many new exhibits and museum experiences, and the activation of new amenities for customers, including a new store and café. “The construction crews have done a tremendous job creatively managing timelines and phases, allowing us to keep many of our galleries accessible to this day, but we’ve gotten to the point in the project where we need to provide them, and our staff, unlimited access to the entire complex so that we can unveil this radically renovated, welcoming and innovative museum experience for all visitors, ”said Museum President and CEO Jamie Bosket .

The renovated nearly 250,000 square foot museum complex will include several new exhibition spaces for permanent and rotating exhibitions; a new immersive orientation theater; a new interactive learning space for families; a new research library with an advanced suite for rare books and manuscripts; and several new education / meeting rooms.

The facility will also have a new cafe, museum store and other amenities; and several new and renovated community and event spaces, including a new Great Hall, second-floor event terrace, outdoor event lawn, expanded parking, and an improved campus link to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

This more than $ 30 million project is the cornerstone of various expansions and improvements to the museum over the past two decades. Guided by the museum’s strategic plan, the changes aim to reinvent the museum as it enters its third century of operation and the country’s 250th anniversary.

While the galleries will be closed to daily tours, the museum will continue to host a limited number of in-person events and a list of virtual programs for members and the general public. More information can be found at VirginiaHistory.org/Calendar.

In early 2022, the museum will release details of its major reopening plans, which will include a series of preview events in early May, followed by a full public opening celebration with live music, free admission, and family activities. the weekend of May 14 and 15.

The Virginia Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization established in 1831. The Historical Society, which is Virginia’s oldest cultural organization, maintains a collection of nearly 9 million items representing the ever-changing history of the Virginia.

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