Virginia Historical Society

#6 in Best Things To Do in Richmond
Virginia Historical Society picture
Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

Key Info

428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA

Price & Hours

Free
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

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.

Recent visitors raved about this free museum, which they described as a fun and educational rainy day activity. Though you have to pay to access special exhibits, reviewers were happy to fork over the extra cash to peruse. 

You can visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the library is closed on Sunday). The museum and library are free to visit; special exhibits may cost an additional fee. There's free parking available on-site. Go to the Virginia Historical Society's 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. 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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