Edgar Allan Poe Museum#12 in Best Things To Do in Richmond
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This museum on Main Street (located just outside the town's aptly named "Museum District") is perfect for people with a passing interest in Edgar Allan Poe. More ardent fans of the writer's work might find themselves disappointed at the limited exhibits, however. To get more from your visit, previous museumgoers suggested taking a guided tour.
This site does earn kudos for its ambiance. You can view some of Poe's childhood items, an illustrated chronicle of "The Raven" poem and first editions of some of his short stories as they appeared in era newspapers. The museum's setting, in Richmond's Old Stone House, is close to Poe's home and his place of employment, the Southern Literary Messenger.
The Poe Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, students and children between the ages of 7 and 17. Visit the official website for more information.
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#1 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Most visitors are impressed with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, comparing its collections to what you would find in the art museums of much larger cities.
This Museum District standout is best known for its five gorgeous Fabergé eggs, but it also features works by Degas, Cézanne and Renoir, and large collections of African, Indian and Tibetan art. Recent visitors were especially impressed with the McGlothlin Collection of American Art. In addition to its permanent collections, the VMFA regularly operates a series of temporary exhibits that explore everything from Black life in Virginia to jewelry to Asian religions.