Richmond, VA Things to Do

Attractions in Richmond, VA, include historic homes, monuments and more, as well as artsy destinations.

On Monday, December 10, 2012 - 16:37

Richmond is home to historic sites and artful attractions, making the city an interesting place to live and visit.

Richmond Historic Sites

Maymont Mansion, also known as the Dooley Mansion, was built between 1886 and 1893 and is a historic house museum that offers glimpses into what life was like during the late 19th century and early 20th century. The home, which comprises 12,000 square feet, has been preserved and is open for tours. Visitors can also explore the rest of the 100-acre property that features more than 25 original buildings and garden structures.

The only street in the United States that has been declared a National Historic Landmark, Monument Avenue stretches through Richmond's Fan District and includes structures honoring General Robert E. Lee, Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart, Lieutenant General "Stonewall" Jackson, Matthew Fontaine Maury and Arthur Robert Ashe Jr.

Richmond National Battlefield Park tells the story of what took place in the city during the Civil War. The park includes 13 separate sites with four visitor centers covering 80 miles. Visitors learn about battles that took place around the city and can see the South's largest wartime medical facility.

Honoring local veterans, the Virginia War Memorial includes the names of the men and women from the Richmond area who served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan War and Iraq War.

Museums, Art Galleries and Theaters

Art enthusiasts enjoy the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, home to rotating exhibits and permanent collections, while history buffs are drawn to the Museum of the Confederacy, which includes three floors of exhibits that feature uniforms, flags, weapons and more. Additional frequented local museums include the Science Museum of Virginia that has interactive exhibits and a live animal lab, and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, which houses Poe's manuscripts, letters, memorabilia, belongings and more.

More than 10 art galleries are in Richmond's downtown area such as 1708 Gallery, Quirk and Metro Space Gallery. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is located nearby, which displays six exhibitions annually and offers art-focused classes and workshops.

Popular theaters include Byrd Theatre, which showcases movies and live events, and Landmark Theater, where visitors enjoy broadway shows, musicals and more.

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