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Virginia Museum of History & Culture Offers Free Admission to Museumgoers for National Museum Day Initiative

 On Saturday, September 17, 2022, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) will offer free admission as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day initiative. Museums, zoos, and cultural centers from all 50 states participate in this annual day to encourage visitors to take advantage of amazing learning experiences offered by these institutions.

“The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is excited to have the opportunity to expand our museum’s reach through Museum Day 2022,” Jamie Bosket, President, and CEO at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture said in a statement. “Our hope is that visitors who haven’t been to the VMHC since our re-opening will take advantage of this opportunity to test drive their renovated state history museum.”

A free day of exploration gives visitors a chance to see some of the latest exhibitions at the VMHC like Our Commonwealth, an in-depth, multi-sensory journey through the five major regions of Virginia; American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition that examines our government’s founding and the continuing story of America’s bold experiment in a government “of, by, and for the people.”; Commonwealth Explorers, an interactive family gallery; and Cheers, Virginia!, the museum’s newest exhibit focused on the history of brewing, distilling, and fermenting in Virginia. Visitors are also encouraged to watch Imagine Virginia, the new immersive orientation film in the museum’s brand new orientation theater. Imagine Virginia explores the natural and socioeconomic forces that converged in Virginia, shaping the Commonwealth’s history and culture.

Registration through Smithsonian Magazine is required. For more information or to register, visit Each ticket grants the ticket holder and one guest free access to any participating museum, including the VMHC, on September 17, 2022. One registration is permitted per email address.

To read the RFM feature by Taekia Glass about transformative history and the new VMHC go here.


Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center, John Marshall House, and Agecroft Hall and Gardens are also participating in National Museum Day. For details, go here.
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