The Library of Virginia offers exhibitions that explore the commonwealth's social and cultural history. The exhibition program promotes interest in and use of the collections and services of the Library of Virginia. In addition to using materials from the Library's collections, the exhibitions also incorporate materials from the larger library and museum community. Online versions include key themes and artifacts from past exhibitions.
A new photography exhibition at the Library of Virginia—No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture—will focus on a selection of motels and tourist courts found along Virginia's historic Route 1, weaving the individual stories into their historical context. The more than 25 historic and contemporary photographs and accompanying text in the exhibition will highlight architectural elements, present the significance of race and class in the history of travel, and demonstrate how the perception and operation of motels have changed over time.
The Library of Virginia maintains online versions of many of its past exhibitions that can be helpful when exploring topics on Virginia's history and culture. These pages include digital images of some collection materials, as well as notes on additional resources.
We've organized our exhibitions into some topics of common research interest. So, if you're looking for exhibition material on African Americans, maps, women's history, or another subject, look here!
For more information about specific exhibitions, please use our contact form.