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Arts & Museums
Hanover was the center of the "Great Awakening" of the American Revolution led by resident Reverend Samuel Davies. Patrick Henry was born here, studied law here and lived here at the time of his famous liberty speech. His residence, Scotchtown, is open to the public. Hanover was also the birthplace of Henry Clay, another important figure during the Revolution. During the Civil War, the bloody Seven Days Battles took place here. The battlefields are now National Parks. Take 64 east to Route 360 (Mechanicsville Turnpike) to reach Hanover. It is about a 20-minute drive from Richmond.
Children will love Meadow Farm. This living history site features animals to see and pet and special games and activities just for the small and curious. A restored 1860 farmhouse and its outbuildings are here to tour, giving visitors a comprehensive idea of what country life was like in the 1800s. Examples of special activities are needlework circles, a favorite social event for women of the era, and group games that children played during the period. Adults will enjoy the farmhouse too, as well as the 150 acres of park grounds that surround it. Admission is free.
Snuggled quietly on the Old Brick Road in West Broad Village is the Children's Museum of Richmond - Short Pump. Though the place is small, it has wide array of exhibits that will surely pique the curiosity of the young ones. They also conduct informative programs for kids. Check their website to know more.
The Crossroads Art Center in Richmond is where to be when you want to showcase your works of art, no matter the medium. Whether its photography, painting, drawing or fabrics, Crossroads is open to entries - if selected, you are able to secure a booth to show off your art at a monthly showing. If you just want to buy some new art or decor for your home, then stop by and peruse what the local talents have to offer. You can also take art classes, from mosaics to painting, which are taught by local artists.
Designed especially for young children, this innovative museum lets kids explore the wonders of the world around them and have fun at the same time. All exhibits are interactive and encourage children and adults to participate. The Tour de Tummy teaches about the digestive system as children and adults enter through the giant mouth into the stomach. The museum is located next to the Science Museum of Virginia. Special events occur throughout the year; check the calendar on the website.
Explore the universe at Richmond's Science Museum. A variety of hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theater make this spot a favorite for families. Children and adults will find something to fascinate them at every turn. The museum features a children's theater, live shows of the current night sky and a journey into the living cell. Also shown here are current IMAX films.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayettte were all entertained at this stunning Georgian plantation home. Wilton was built by William Randolph III in 1753. It was moved from the Virginia countryside to Richmond's historic Windsor Farms neighborhood in the 1934. Period furniture and original wood paneling create a charming atmosphere.
The Virgina Center for Architecture is a museum dedicated to, as the name implies, architecture as well as design. The historic home it is located in Branch House, which houses exhibitions about architecture, interior design and more. They also host architectural walking tours in the area.
For 150 years the Virginia Historical Society has been collecting portraits, manuscripts and artifacts, such as books, bound serials, sheet music, the largest collection of Confederate-made weapons in the world and much more. Semi-permanent exhibits include, "The Story of Virginia, an American Experience" and "The Seasons of the Confederacy." During 2014, most of the exhibition places will be closed for renovations - however, the library, museum shop and select programs are still available.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts contains comprehensive collections of works from ancient times to the present. Permanent exhibits include pieces from ancient Greece, a tapestry hall, a medieval chapel and the largest collection of Faberge eggs outside of Russia. A regular schedule of temporary exhibits rounds out this comprehensive art museum. A peaceful sculpture garden provides a place for a quiet rest beside the rushing fountains. Admission is free, although USD5 donations are suggested.
Openings on the first Friday of each month bring new artists to the Chasen Galleries. Featuring a larger grouping of artists, numerous mediums are represented here including paintings, sculpture and pottery. Also featured are works of 3D art, ceramic tile pieces and glazed tile paintings. Chasen has a fine collection of estate art and fine art books as well.
Step through the enchanting garden-like courtyard of the Thomas Kinkade Gallery. You will find yourself surrounded by soft, impressionistic paintings full of light, color and texture. Artists Thomas Kinkade and Howard Belurens depict scenes ranging from the Chicago Water Tower to wide open spaces and flowing rivers. Kinkade is an award-winning painter who has been honored along with Norman Rockwell as a charter inductee into the Bradford International Hall of Fame for Plate Artists. Belurens has been painting since the Depression.