Among the fine arts museums in Virginia are the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in Richmond; the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Hermitage Foundation Museum, both in Norfolk; and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, in Williamsburg. A number of historic buildings and sites in the state have been preserved as museums. They include Monticello, Mount Vernon, Stratford Hall (birthplace of Robert E. Lee), and Arlington House (home of Robert E. Lee and now the Robert E. Lee Memorial). The Valentine Richmond History Museum has exhibits pertaining to the city, and the Virginia Historical Society, also in Richmond, has exhibits about Virginia’s past. Along the James River between Richmond and Williamsburg are the James River Plantations, including Shirley, Berkeley, Edgewood, Evelynton, Westover, and Sherwood Forest.
Two of the most unusual museums in the country are the Jamestown Settlement, whose exhibits dramatize the early years of the colony, and Colonial Williamsburg, a restoration of a section of 18th-century Williamsburg. Other noted museums in Virginia include The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News; the United States Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum in Quantico; the hands-on Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond; the Virginia Living Museum (nature center) in Newport News; Nauticus, a high-tech marine museum in Norfolk; and the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville. The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton features Irish, German, English, and early American farmsteads.
The first public library in Virginia was founded at Alexandria in 1794.
The leading college and university libraries in the state are the University of Virginia Library and the libraries of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the College of William and Mary. Hollins University maintains a large special collection of manuscripts and rare books. Hampton University has one of the world’s largest collections of books by and about blacks. The Library of Virginia, which houses the state archives, and the library of the Virginia Historical Society are both located in Richmond. The George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington has books on military and diplomatic history. "Virginia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia.
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