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Arts & Museums
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.
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 Museum and White House of the Confederacy is a neoclassical mansion built in 1818. President Jefferson Davis lived here during the Civil War years, and several pieces of furniture owned by him are on display. Adjacent to the restored White House is a museum containing more than 15,000 artifacts and 500 flags from the Confederate era. The collection includes the swords and other personal effects of Generals Jackson, Lee and Stuart. Personal papers, government documents, journals and rare books are on exhibit.
Begin your exploration of historic Richmond at the Valentine Richmond History Center! Fascinating permanent and changing exhibits illuminate the city's four centuries. Tour the 1812 Wickham House, a neoclassical masterpiece, and Edward Valentine's 19th century Sculpture Studio, then enjoy lunch in beautiful Wickham's Garden Cafe. The Cafe offers sandwiches, salads and award winning desserts and is open for breakfast and lunch, M-F 8a-3p. Guided walking tours, specialty bus tours, custom group tours and step-on guides are available. All programs are led by friendly and knowledgeable master guides, who bring the history of Richmond to life, on location. Admission USD7 adults; USD6 seniors; USD4 kids (7-12); USD3 kids (3-6);Children under 3 are free. Free parking for two hours.
Also known as the Valentine Museum, the Wickham House is one of Richmond's finest examples of Federal architecture. Home of renowned attorney John Wickham, the Wickham House is famous for its Greek, Roman and Egyptian themed neoclassical paintings as well as the impressive elliptical staircase. The house is open for tours, where visitors can get a feel not only of life in the 19th Century, but also a glimpse into the life of the Wickham family.
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.
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.
Built in 1790, this is the oldest brick house surviving in Richmond. For 45 years it was the home of the third Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall. Restored as a museum, it contains original home furnishings and artifacts from Marshall's professional life. This a must-see for all history lovers.
The home of Virginia governors since the early 1800s, this Federal-style house is located in Capitol Square. It is the oldest governor's mansion in continuous use in the country. Confederate general Robert E. Lee lay in state in one of the rooms. Prominent governors that have resided in the home include Harry Byrd, who later served 32 years in the US Senate and L. Douglas Wilder, the first elected African-American governor in the country. The home can be toured by appointment only during the designated hours.
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.