Virginia State Capitol

#2 in Best Things To Do in Richmond
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Key Info

1000 Bank St.

Price & Hours

Free
Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun 1-5 p.m.

Details

Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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.

Recent visitors said they were pleasantly surprised by how interesting a visit to the Capitol building proved to be. Along with the unique architecture, reviewers also praised the knowledgeable guides and encouraged future visitors to join in on a free guided tour.

The Capitol is open to the public Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free guided tours are available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, free guided tours are available from 1 to 4 p.m. Keep in mind that this is still the seat of government for Virginia, so you might want to visit the official website for details on the legislative sessions as well.

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