Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

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Key Info

122 W. Leigh St.

Price & Hours

$10 for adults; $8 for students; $6 for kids 4-12
Thurs-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia is a true gem, according to previous travelers. Museumgoers particularly enjoyed the presentation of the information, which blends both traditional presentation in the form of artifacts and placards and interactive touch screens. The exhibits trace the history of Black Americans with a particular emphasis on Black Virginians. In addition to permanent exhibits, the museum hosts temporary specialty displays – a 2020 exhibit told the story of enslaved peoples at Monticello – as well as monthly events.

The museum is housed in the historic Leigh Street Armory in the Jackson Ward neighborhood. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $6 for children ages 4 to 12. Children younger than 4 visit free of charge. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, BHMVA has limited its hours to Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit its website for more details.

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