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Key Info

2201 Shields Lake Drive

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

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.

Recent visitors called Maymont a Richmond treasure and said it's the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Other travelers urge you to pack a picnic to enjoy on the mansion lawn. Maymont's only sincere problem is that there's too much to see and do for just one day. Many of Maymont's reviewers said they planned on making a return trip.

You can visit the Maymont estate grounds and visitor center Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the grounds and gardens are open until 7 p.m. from April to September. The mansion itself is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are suggested for several of the indoor exhibits and the mansion tours. Visit the website for more information on the various exhibits open, tour times and more.

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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. 

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. Reviewers said it's impossible to see everything in just one visit and recommend setting aside at least several hours to peruse. If you can, try visiting more than once during your Richmond trip. Aside from the amazing collections, travelers were also impressed with Amuse Restaurant, located on-site (often considered one of Richmond's best restaurants).

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