Virginia is first colonial possession established in mainland British America, and eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. These are reasons enough to visit the state especially if you are a history buff. Here are five museums in Virginia you must not miss:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia is a companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Thousands of aviation and space artifacts are displayed in two huge hangars, like a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and the Space Shuttle Discovery. The Center also has the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, which gives you a 360-degree view of Washington Dulles International Airport and the nearby area, and the Airbus IMAX® Theater.
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville - Monticello and its many historical rooms, furniture, buildings, gadgets and artifacts tell us a lot about Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, who was from there. Visitor's review in Trip Advisor: "Must see when visiting Charlottesville" Jefferson's original home is filled with sources that reveal incredible insight into the mind and talents of our third president. The home and setting are beautiful."
Founded in 1936, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond is an art museum where visitors can browse from exhibits like African Art, American Art, Ancient American Art and many more, including Mid to Late 20th-Century Art and 21st Century Art. The museum is a non-profit institution and offers services such as guided tours and interactive exhibits.
Historic Jamestowne Williamsburg is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America. Continuing archaeological study at the site of James Fort has changed our understanding of the early 1600s life in Virginia. An archaeology museum and living history programs tell the story of this dramatic rediscovery. The site is jointly managed by Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service.
Colonial Williamsburg was the Revolutionary City. Join the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. Activities you can do are explore our art museums, unleash your kids' inner colonists, and many more. Book at one of the Colonial Williamsburg hotels, or shop and dine.