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Ranked #1 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Art Museums; Museums

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a top ten comprehensive art museum with collections that span 5000 years of humankind's creative achievements. After a transformative expansion... more »

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Ranked #2 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; Gardens; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Parks; Cultural
Owner description: Maymont is a 100-acre American estate, an extraordinary gift given to us by James and Sallie Dooley who lived here from 1893... more » Owner description: Maymont is a 100-acre American estate, an extraordinary gift given to us by James and Sallie Dooley who lived here from 1893 to 1925. Whether strolling in the gardens, touring the mansion or watching river otters play, there is something for everyone to enjoy. « less
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Ranked #3 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: With something for all ages and interests, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a place to learn about plants, to marvel at... more » Owner description: With something for all ages and interests, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a place to learn about plants, to marvel at nature, to relax in a beautiful setting, to take gardening classes, or to have a wedding or a business meeting. A wide variety of experiences are offered through its diverse gardens and facilities. No wonder Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is consistently one of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond, Va., area. « less
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Ranked #4 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Cultural

The Virginia State Capitol building was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau. He was asked to provide input on the construction while in France. He... more »

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Ranked #5 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural
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Ranked #6 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #7 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums

Established by a Holocaust survivor to combat intolerance, honor victims of the Holocaust and educate young people on this tragic event in world history, this small museum focuses... more »

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Ranked #8 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Libraries; Cultural
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Ranked #9 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
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Ranked #10 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Museum of the Confederacy is located in Richmond, Virginia. The museum includes the former White House of the Confederacy... more » Owner description: The Museum of the Confederacy is located in Richmond, Virginia. The museum includes the former White House of the Confederacy and maintains a comprehensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts and photographs from the Confederate States of America and the American Civil War (1861–1865). Learn about the leaders of the Confederacy like Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee through stories told with their own personal belongings. The Museum also features exhibits focusing on the common soldier and life on the homefront. « less
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Ranked #11 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #12 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: History Museums; Cultural
Owner description: For more than 180 years, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) has been connecting people to America's past through the... more » Owner description: For more than 180 years, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) has been connecting people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia. The VHS-a history museum and research library-features award winning exhibitions that are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. The Society is the only museum with all of Virginia's history under one roof-all centuries, all regions, and all topics are covered. Although designated the Official State Historical Society, the VHS is a privately funded non-profit organization that relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to sustain its operations. The VHS is located at 428 North Boulevard in Richmond's Museum District. Admission is free. Galleries closed for renovation (Library and shop open Monday-Saturday 10 a.M.-5 P.M. « less
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Ranked #13 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
Section of Richmond that is great for walking, shopping or touring museums and galleries.
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Ranked #14 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: The remarkable life and achievements of this famous early 1900s African-American entrepreneur, first woman bank president in... more » Owner description: The remarkable life and achievements of this famous early 1900s African-American entrepreneur, first woman bank president in the U.S. and social activist are celebrated here with artifacts, photographs and memorabilia. « less
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Ranked #15 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides on an antique paddlewheel steamer or on a raft... more » Owner description: This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides on an antique paddlewheel steamer or on a raft with a trained guide, as well as wading, fishing, rafting, kayaking or simply relaxing on the river banks and gazing out at the city. « less
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Ranked #16 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Race Car Tracks; Theaters & Stadiums
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Ranked #17 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #18 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Gardens; Museums
Owner description: Agecroft Hall is an authentic 16th century English manor house. It was was taken apart,shipped across the Atlantic, and... more » Owner description: Agecroft Hall is an authentic 16th century English manor house. It was was taken apart,shipped across the Atlantic, and reassembled in Virginia in the 1920s. Today Agecoft Hall is open for tours, special events, educational programs, and is home of The Richmond Shakespeare Festival. « less
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Ranked #19 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: History Museums; Military Museums; Cultural
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Ranked #20 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Historic Sites; National Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #21 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Science Museums; Museums
Owner description: “We’re not your dad’s Science Museum!” says Science Museum of Virginia Director/CWO (that’s Chief Wonder Officer) Richard... more » Owner description: “We’re not your dad’s Science Museum!” says Science Museum of Virginia Director/CWO (that’s Chief Wonder Officer) Richard Conti. “Our newly re-imagined Museum is a place that is relevant to your life and fun!”Our mission: Inspiring Virginians to enrich their lives through science.Our Story: Since its founding by the Virginia General Assembly in 1970, the Science Museum of Virginia has become the premier center for hands-on science education in Virginia. The Museum has permanent exhibitions on health, energy and natural science and includes hundreds of interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts, live animals, a theater company and cutting edge technology. The IMAX®DOME creates the ultimate “you are there” experience with the largest film screen in Virginia wrapped around you. The Museum also features visiting exhibitions, educational programming, overnight adventures, lectures, demonstrations, and summer camps. The Museum receives guidance and generous support from community leaders and organizations. The Museum’s Board of Trustees is appointed by the Governor and provides oversight and policy guidance. The Science Museum of Virginia Foundation raises funds to support the mission, operations and capital needs of the museum. The Museum is also the parent organization for the Danville Science Center, the Virginia Aviation Museum and the Rice House.The Science Museum of Virginia is located in Richmond's Museum District, in historic Broad Street Station designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, at 2500 West Broad Street. « less
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Ranked #22 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Cultural
Owner description: Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival architectural styles predominate along this 85-block-long Victorian historic... more » Owner description: Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival architectural styles predominate along this 85-block-long Victorian historic district. « less
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Ranked #23 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #24 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This large two story brick house located in the heart of Richmond 's fashionable 19th century "Court End" district was home... more » Owner description: This large two story brick house located in the heart of Richmond 's fashionable 19th century "Court End" district was home to John Marshall and his wife Polly, and their family from 1790 until his death in 1835.Marshall is best known as the "Great Chief Justice" for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court. He served from 1801 until his death in 1835 and his influential decisions such as Marbury v. Madison helped shaped the principle of judicial review. Marshall was a true Founding Father, serving in local, state and national government as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the United States Government. He was also well known locally as a leading member of Richmond society and a gracious and jovial host.Listed on the National and Virginia historic registers, the John Marshall House has undergone remarkably few changes since Marshall's lifetime. The property remained in the Marshall family until 1911 when it was sold to the City of Richmond. Orginally slated for destruction in order to make way for the John Marshall High School, the house was saved by local preservationists. Preservation Virginia has operated the John Marshall House as a museum since 1913 and is celebrating a century of preservation.Located in the heart of Richmond's bustling downtown, the Marshall House is walking distance from the Virginia State Capitol, the Library of Virginia, and the Valentine Richmond History Center. Visitors to the site can enjoy a guided tour of the house including a remarkable collection of original furnishings, take a stroll through the colorful garden, visit the museum shop, or even try their hand at the game of quoits (John Marshall's favorite game). « less
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Ranked #25 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Art Galleries; Educational Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #27 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #28 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Architectural Buildings; Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #29 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: Government Buildings; Observation Decks/ Towers; Landmarks
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Ranked #30 of 82 attractions in Richmond
Category: History Museums; Cultural
Owner description: For more than a century, the Valentine has celebrated one of America's most historic cities with exhibitions, educational... more » Owner description: For more than a century, the Valentine has celebrated one of America's most historic cities with exhibitions, educational programs,city tours, extensive collections and archives, and the restoration of the Wickham House (1812). Enjoy lunch at Sally Bell's at the History Center (Monday-Friday) and shop at the Valentine Gift Shop (open daily). « less
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