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
4.6

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  • 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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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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