2321 Willis Rd.
Richmond, VA 23237-2947
Phone: (804) 275-8800
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Arts & Museums
Henricus Historical Park is the former site of a town also known as Henrico Town or Henricopolis which was one of the early settlements of the area. Located in Chester, it overlooks the James River. It was founded in 1611 by Sir Thomas Dale and is now a living museum depicting the culture of that time. There are several structures and exhibits that are recreated and volunteers give an hands-on demonstration of the life of the people of that era. Various events are also organized on the site. To know more, check their website.
The Chesterfield Plantation was built by Parke Poindexter, a Clerk of the Court at Chesterfield County from 1812 until 1847. It currently serves as the headquarters for the Chesterfield Historical Society and holds a research library that is free to the public. In addition to the rich architecture that you'll be able to enjoy upon visiting, there are also artifacts from the era that will be available to see: collections of manuscripts, database of veterans, family files, scrapbooks and more. This is a historical experience that is both fun and educational and appropriate for all ages.
Built in 1822 by William Winfree, Magnolia Grange is a beautiful and carefully restored Federal-style plantation home. The house features wallpaper and carpeting which are not usually found in other Richmond area restored homes. Magnolia is also noted for its elaborate ceiling medalions and carvings on its doors, windows and mantels.
Art Works Studios and Galleries is the perfect place to plan a party, wedding, or to host a gallery showing for art. If you want to have your creations seen, then Art Works will collaborate with you to make sure that everything goes according to how you'd like it. Gallery spaces are aplenty on the two floors of the building. There are some galleries that are always available to peruse, so you can check out local artists' work - from paintings, photographs, jewelry and crafts - and perhaps make a purchase or two. On the 4th day of the month, the entire building is open to the public, including all of the rented spaces, and food as well as music is provided while you walk around and check out the talent. There are monthly youth art classes and group art projects that are offered to the public.
Step into a restored Railway Express Agency car and explore the railroad history of Richmond. Photographs and artifacts await you inside. In addition to the museum, a former Southern Railway passenger station is right next door.
The Chimborazo Medical Museum, a 20th century building, is located in the city of Richmond, where multitudes of Confederate soldiers came to recuperate after being wounded from the Civil War. Because of the thousands with need, Southerners rallied for the construction of five general hospitals, with Chimborazo being the biggest. Come and see with your very own eyes, the equipment used by doctors and nurses to tend soldiers from the Confederacy. Exhibits are available and include a diorama of the hospital and an educational film. Visitors will learn not only about the hospital, but other Richmond hospitals and the practice of medicine during the 1800's as well.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum was founded in 1997 by Al Rosenbaum, Mark Fetter, and Jay Ipson, one of Richmond's youngest Holocaust survivors. The museum's mission is to educate others on the Holocaust and the terror of genocide. Visitors are led throughout the museum by painted train tracks to not only learn about the holocaust as a whole, but also the personal account of the Ipson family and their ordeal. In addition, you will learn about other survivors who have settled in Richmond. Engage in the films, guided tours, programs and lectures that are provided. Note: due to the certain graphic nature of select content, this might not be the best place for young children. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.
The original draft of Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem, "The Raven," along with other memorabilia of the life of this unusual writer, is on display in this museum. Poe grew up in Richmond and made frequent visits to the city throughout his life. The author's mysterious death is as intriguing as the tales he wrote. It was in Richmond that he was last seen before he was discovered, beaten and delirious, in Baltimore. He died shortly afterwards. The Poe Museum, housed in Richmond's oldest stone building. Admission: USD6 adults; USD5 seniors and students.
The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar chronicles the savagery of the 19th-century American Civil War through its exhibits and displays. Discussions and analysis on the cause, effect and legacy of the civil war are held here. Audio-visual content documenting episodes of the war are also available to visitors. The center's fantastic location by the James River in the heart of Richmond, makes it one of the most noticeable and visited spots. Rental spaces at the center are much sought after. The scenic riverside backdrop and the elegant interiors make it an ideal venue for weddings and bashes. Check website for more information.
Gleaming gold and shining silver, and other examples of money through the ages fill this museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Exhibits include items once used for barter all over the world. Collections also highlight paper money of Virginia from 1755 to 1865, including the currency of the Confederacy. Prior reservations are required, see their website for further details.
If you love airplanes, this museum is sure to fascinate you. Vintage aircraft, aviation history exhibits, flight films and lectures make this division of the Science Museum of Virginia an interesting stop. A World War II exhibit and an exhibit devoted to Richmond native explorer Richard E. Byrd are highlights.
Built in 1893, this beautiful home on the James River is a classic example of Victorian architecture and landscaping. Maymont Mansion is filled with period furniture including a magnificent swan bed. Trees and plants from all over the world were cultivated here by the owners. The English, Japanese and Italian gardens are romantic spots for strolling and picnicking. A carriage collection, children's farm and small zoo are other favorite attractions. Admission to the home and children's farm is free, although donations are requested.