Richmond General Attractions

Shopping on Broad Street, Richmond General Attractions

Shopping on Broad Street, Richmond; credit Richmond CVB

Richmond General Attractions

Virginia Historical Society
DESCRIPTION: This museum is also one of our nation’s major historical research institutions. One of seven galleries in the museum portrays contributions by African Americans to the beautiful state of Virginia. One exhibit covers the 14 African American Medal of honor winners from the Civil War.
ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Students, Free to age 18 and under, Free on Sundays
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p
ADDRESS: 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: Free parking in the VHS lot behind the museum
PHONE: 804-358-4901
WEBSITE: http://www.vahistorical.org

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 2000, the center’s flagship exhibit, In the Cause of Liberty, explores the war’s causes, course, and legacies through artifacts, media, and programs from three perspectives — Union, Confederate, and African American; the site is located on 8 acres adjoining James River and downtown.
ADMISSION: $8 Adults, $6 Students/Seniors, $2 ages 7-12, age 6 & under Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 490 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: free on premises
PHONE: 804-780-1865
WEBSITE: http://www.tredegar.org

Virginia Holocaust Museum
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1997, the museum offers docent-led group tours and individual self-guided tours that drive home the devastating impact the Nazi rampage in the 1930s and 1940s Europe. Lectures, film series and rotating exhibits; a trip to the museum a 14-minute documentary precedes both tours. A gallery includes The Nuremberg Trials Courtroom Exhibit, which is the only replica of the famous courtroom that set the standard for modern international law.
ADMISSION: free, but it is recommended that children be at least age 9; donations appreciated.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat-Sun 11a-5p
ADDRESS: 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: free parking on premises
PHONE: 804-257-5400
WEBSITE: http://www.va-holocaust.com

Kanawha Canal Walk
DESCRIPTION: 32-acre riverfront promenade stretches along a 1.25-mile corridor from the historic Tredegar Iron Works site and Brown’s Island to the Triple Crossing — a dramatic intersection of three railroad lines. Visit Henry “Box” Brown Plaza, an exhibit chronicling African Americans’ contribution to Richmond’s Riverfront. Kanawha Cruises offers visitors rides on bateaux-like boats seating seven-passengers across in most rows and a total of 38 people per boat.
ADMISSION: cruise prices vary by hourly excursions on Kanawha Cruises
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 490 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PHONE: 804-649-2800
WEBSITE: http://www.richmondriverfront.com

Shock Bottom
DESCRIPTION: Richmond’s cobblestone paved restaurant and nightlife district; after World War II the “Bottom” fell into disrepair; but since the 1976 Richmond Housing Action Plan to rejuvenate the area, it attracted landmark restaurants, hotels and condos in broadly successful urban restoration coupled with historic preservation.
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: Shock Bottom, Richmond, VA MAP
WEBSITE: http://www.shockoeslip.org

17th Street Farmer’s Market
DESCRIPTION: Celebrate a Richmond tradition where farmers and producers bring free range eggs, beef, and pork, and fresh herbs, greens and bedding plants in season. Bakers offer up fresh focaccia and rolls, and handcrafters will be selling their wood carvings, quilts, and art. Other special events are popularly attended as well.
ADMISSION: free
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 00 North 17th Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PHONE: 804-646-0477
WEBSITE: http://www.17thstreetfarmersmarket.com

Virginia War Memorial
DESCRIPTION: Soaring glass and marble walls showcase the names of more than 11,600 Virginia heroes who gave their lives serving our country; overlooking historic Richmond business district and the James River, the War Memorial was created by the Virginia General Assembly to honor Virginia’s war dead.
ADMISSION: free
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 621 South Belvedere Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PHONE: 804-786-2060
WEBSITE: http://www.vawarmemorial.org

Carytown
DESCRIPTION: More than 250 shops and restaurants in a compact area include quirky clothing boutiques, antique shops, music shops, and collectibles ranging from Christmas decorations to glass and porcelain dolls.
ADMISSION: free
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 3000 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA MAP

Monument Avenue
DESCRIPTION: The only avenue to receive a National Historic Landmark designation. Monuments honor President Jefferson Davis and Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. The newest monument on this grand avenue for tennis champion and human rights activist Arthur Ashe was added in 1997.
ADDRESS: 550 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PHONE: 804-782-2777

Edgar Allan Poe Museum
DESCRIPTION: Poe memorabilia, library and garden; exhibit rooms, also showcase how many people lived during Poe’s time; an exhibit of first editions of Poe’s work includes an 1845 copy of The Raven.
ADMISSION: $6 adults, Seniors & Students $5
DAYS & HOURS: Sun 11a-5p, Tue-Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 1914 East Main Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: Free off-street parking available on the side of the museum
PHONE: 804-648-5523
WEBSITE: http://www.poemuseum.org

Old Dominion Railway Museum
DESCRIPTION: Run by volunteers and housed in a restored Railway Express Agency car; aside from real trains, the museum features photos and artifacts from the area’s railroad history. For train lovers: Old Dominion Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:30p at the Science Museum of Virginia.
ADMISSION: free but donations are requested
DAYS & HOURS: Sat 11a-4p, Sun 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 102 Hull Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: free on premises
PHONE: 804-233-6237
WEBSITE: http://www.odcnrhs.org

James River Plantations
DESCRIPTION: Organized in 1993 to nationally, regionally and locally promote heritage tourism in Charles County, a number of stately plantations have been restored along the James River.
ADMISSION: varies by venue
DAYS & HOURS: daily
WEBSITE: http://www.jamesriverplantations.com

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