On Display: Virginia's Museum Exhibitions

    A 1730s portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo. Jamestown-Yorktown FoundationHeroes and Villains: The Comic Art Collection of Shelton DrumProstetic Arm from the Civil War

    Virginia's museums offer amazing temporary exhibits in addition to their permanent collections.

    Every visit is brand new!


    Beautiful Art | Kids Big & Little 
    History You Want to See  





    Beautiful Art

    Williamsburg - Painters and Paintings in the Early American South is an exhibition of 83 paintings, 70 portraits by 31 artists from 20 different museum and collections in one place - the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg. This collection provides an insight to the rise of southern society and is called "groundbreaking," as the paintings were either created in the American South or imported to the South between 1740 and 1790. Through September 7, 2014.

    Charlottesville - Heart of the Desert: Aboriginal Art from Papunya, Yuendumu and Balgo is and exhibition of an amazing art movement by Aboriginal men and women. Contemporary in style, the pieces are identifiable based on the artists' local style. Icons in the paintings represented landscape features, ancestral beings, and the activities in the creation era known as the Dreaming or Tjukurrpa. Through July 27, 2014.



    Kids Big & Little

    Richmond - The Science Museum of Virginia invites you to Boost! your creativity, flexibility, memory, strength (well, you get the picture) in their first new permanent exhibition in a decade. Boost! is a new approach to wellness and self-improvement. It’s neither a sports nor a traditional health exhibit - it’s innovative and insightful, sharing important scientific knowledge about sleep, memory and physical fitness and the interrelationships among these areas. Through March 2, 2016.

    Abingdon - Heroes and Villains: The Comic Art Collection of Shelton Drum is just that. The founder of the renowned Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, is making his private collection of comic books, original art, and memorabilia available to the William King Museum. Comic arts past and present with recognizable characters will surely delight you and old. Through June 29, 2104.


    History You Want to See

    Yorktown - A 1730s portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, enslaved for a time in the North American colonies, is on exhibit at the Yorktown Victory Center June 14 through August 3, 2014. The portrait was recently acquired for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, opening in late 2016, and is one of two of Diallo painted by William Hoare, the earliest known portraits of an African who had been enslaved in the British colonies that became the United States of America.

     Richmond - Perhaps no event of the American Civil War has been romanticized and written about more than the last great charge by General Longstreet's men on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. This Museum of the Confederacy exhibit, Gettysburg: "They Walked Through Blood," tells the story of the dramatic event, historically referred to as "Pickett's Charge." Thirteen of the fifteen battle flags carried by regiments in Major General George Pickett's division were captured in the charge. Eight of those captured flags are displayed in this exhibit. The exhibit also features personal artifacts of soldiers who took part in the charge and remembrances of the battle. Through September 1, 2014.

    Montpelier Station - Currently on display in the south wing of the Montpelier mansion is A Young Nation Stands: James Madison and the War of 1812. The exhibit uses innovative technology to immerse visitors in the decisions faced by Madison as Great Britain violated American trading rights and impressed sailors into the British navy. A touch-screen map illustrates how the war played out on land and at sea. Through December 31, 2014. 

    Richmond - Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum's Vaults - The Museum of the Confederacy’s collections are rich with objects that are visually interesting, have unique stories associated with them, or are just plain quirky. For years these objects, while fascinating on their own, have not fit into the Museum’s larger exhibitions. When assembled together however, these “curiosities” give an extraordinary view into the process of museum collecting and the unexpected surprises that can come from it. Through December 31, 2014. 

    Norfolk - Stewards of the Sea - In partnership with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus, U.S. Fleet Forces Command has created Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment. The 1,000-square-foot, highly interactive exhibit uses immersive scenarios to explore how the Navy protects marine life while fulfilling its mission. Through March 2019.

    Discover more great exhibits this year. 

Last Updated: 6/18/2014 11:33 AM
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