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If you have extra time, Carytown is worthwhile.

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#1 in Richmond

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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. 
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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. 
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#2 in Richmond

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This Capitol building's big claim to fame is that it was partially designed by Thomas Jefferson. He supposedly based the structure on the Maison Carrée temple (located in Nîmes, France), which he greatly admired. And in addition to learning about the building's design trivia, visitors also like to stroll the grounds and snap photos. The surrounding area, known as Capitol Square, has several monuments dedicated to the civil rights movement, as well as to prominent Virginians like Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Edgar Allan Poe.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Virginia State Capitol
This Capitol building's big claim to fame is that it was partially designed by Thomas Jefferson. He supposedly based the structure on the Maison Carrée temple (located in Nîmes, France), which he greatly admired. And in addition to learning about the building's design trivia, visitors also like to stroll the grounds and snap photos. The surrounding area, known as Capitol Square, has several monuments dedicated to the civil rights movement, as well as to prominent Virginians like Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Edgar Allan Poe.
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Carytown Free

#4 in Richmond

Free
Locals and frequent visitors agree that the city's hippest shops and restaurants converge in a Museum District-adjacent area known as Carytown. But take note: Boutiques reign here, so don't visit expecting a Toys "R" Us, Best Buy or Crate and Barrel; instead you'll find quirky alternatives like the World of Mirth, Plan 9 Music and Need Supply Co. There are also some familiar sights: Carytown hosts a Hair Cuttery, a 7-Eleven and a Starbucks.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Carytown
Locals and frequent visitors agree that the city's hippest shops and restaurants converge in a Museum District-adjacent area known as Carytown. But take note: Boutiques reign here, so don't visit expecting a Toys "R" Us, Best Buy or Crate and Barrel; instead you'll find quirky alternatives like the World of Mirth, Plan 9 Music and Need Supply Co. There are also some familiar sights: Carytown hosts a Hair Cuttery, a 7-Eleven and a Starbucks.
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#6 in Richmond

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Located in Richmond's Museum District, the Virginia Historical Society boasts an exhaustive collection of the commonwealth's Civil War memorabilia, including books, newspapers, photographs, business and genealogical records  even sheet music. In other words, for museumgoers curious about Civil War history  you just might have hit the jackpot.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Virginia Historical Society
Located in Richmond's Museum District, the Virginia Historical Society boasts an exhaustive collection of the commonwealth's Civil War memorabilia, including books, newspapers, photographs, business and genealogical records  even sheet music. In other words, for museumgoers curious about Civil War history  you just might have hit the jackpot.
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#7 in Richmond

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Richmond has its fair share of Civil War history, but it's also home to a moving and impressive Holocaust museum. Founded in 1997 by one of Richmond's youngest Holocaust survivors, Jay Ipson, the Virginia Holocaust Museum focuses on two narratives: a broad detailing of the Holocaust's role in global history and the Ipson family's experience and survival. Visitors will hear stories of survivors who started over in Richmond, as well as the journey of the Ipson family.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Virginia Holocaust Museum
Richmond has its fair share of Civil War history, but it's also home to a moving and impressive Holocaust museum. Founded in 1997 by one of Richmond's youngest Holocaust survivors, Jay Ipson, the Virginia Holocaust Museum focuses on two narratives: a broad detailing of the Holocaust's role in global history and the Ipson family's experience and survival. Visitors will hear stories of survivors who started over in Richmond, as well as the journey of the Ipson family.
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Maymont Free

#8 in Richmond

Free
Maymont used to be the sprawling home of wealthy Richmond residents James Henry and Sallie May Dooley (the estate name comes from combining Mrs. Dooley’s maiden name and the French word for hill). Upon their deaths, they left their home and its grounds to the city. Now, this 100-acre property is one of the top activities for Richmond travelers. The Japanese gardens are a particular highlight, but Maymont also boasts a carriage collection, a petting zoo and an arboretum, not to mention a truly spectacular and well-maintained 12,000 square foot, 33-room mansion. And it's all about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the downtown area.
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Maymont
Maymont used to be the sprawling home of wealthy Richmond residents James Henry and Sallie May Dooley (the estate name comes from combining Mrs. Dooley’s maiden name and the French word for hill). Upon their deaths, they left their home and its grounds to the city. Now, this 100-acre property is one of the top activities for Richmond travelers. The Japanese gardens are a particular highlight, but Maymont also boasts a carriage collection, a petting zoo and an arboretum, not to mention a truly spectacular and well-maintained 12,000 square foot, 33-room mansion. And it's all about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the downtown area.
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