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Contemplating Edgar Allan Poe in Richmond



Richmond, VA

Virginia Historical Society

DESCRIPTION: This museum is also one of our nation’s major historical research institutions; one of seven galleries in the museum portrays contributions by African Americans to the beautiful state of Virginia; one exhibit covers the 14 African American Medal of honor winners from the Civil War

ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Students, Free to age 18 and under, Free on Sundays

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p

ADDRESS: 428 North Boulevard  MAP

PARKING: Free parking in the VHS lot behind the museum

PHONE: 804-358-4901


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
DESCRIPTION: Outstanding encyclopedic museum; the large permanent galleries include African, American, Asian, Byzantine, European, and Contemporary art; there is a rotating Splendors of Ancient Egypt exhibit; each February the museum features a Jazz & Classical music concert by African American composers; a 165,000 square-foot  expansion project is underway to better display more of its extensive collections; a gift shop is on premises

ADMISSION: Free, but special events require tickets

PHOTO POLICY: Cameras and videos are permitted in permanent collection areas only. Sorry, no tripods, flash, or artificial light allowed.

DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun 11a-5p

ADDRESS: 2800 Grove Ave  MAP

PARKING: $3 on premises in the new parking lot

PHONE: 804-340-1400 or 804-367-0844


Edgar Allan Poe Museum
DESCRIPTION: Poe memorabilia, library and garden; exhibit rooms, also showcase how many people lived during Poe's time; an exhibit of first editions of Poe's work includes an 1845 copy of The Raven

ADMISSION: $6 adults, Seniors & Students $5

DAYS & HOURS: Sun 11a-5p, Tue-Sat 10a-5p

ADDRESS: 1914 East Main Street  MAP

PARKING: Free off-street parking available on the side of the museum

PHONE: 804-648-5523


Old Dominion Railway Museum
DESCRIPTION: Run by volunteers and housed in a restored Railway Express Agency car; aside from real trains, the museum features photos and artifacts from the area's railroad history; for train lovers: Old Dominion Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:30p at the Science Museum of Virginia

ADMISSION: free but donations are requested

DAYS & HOURS: Sat 11a-4p, Sun 1p-4p 

ADDRESS: 102 Hull Street  MAP

PARKING: free on premises

PHONE: 804-233-6237


Virginia Center for Architecture
DESCRIPTION: One of the nation's few museums devoted to help us understand the value, meaning, and influence of built environments in our lives and world; located in a 1919, 27,000-square-foot landmark Tudor Revival mansion; exhibitions, programs, and house and neighborhood walking tours are offered throughout the year; the Museum Shop features an wide array of books and gifts


DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-5p, Sat-Sun 1p-5p

ADDRESS: 2501 Monument Avenue  MAP

PARKING: Free street parking is available during museum hours; Valet parking is provided during most evening events

PHONE: 804-644-3041



American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

DESCRIPTION: Founded in 2000, the center's flagship exhibit, In the Cause of Liberty, explores the war's causes, course, and legacies through artifacts, media, and programs from three perspectives — Union, Confederate, and African American; the site is located on 8 acres adjoining James River and downtown

ADMISSION: $8 Adults, $6 Students/Seniors, $2 ages 7-12, age 6 & under Free

DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p

ADDRESS: 490 Tredegar Street  MAP

PARKING: free on premises

PHONE: 804-780-1865



Maymont House Museum
DESCRIPTION: Additional exhibits include the Carriage Collection, the gardens and grounds, the Robins Nature and Visitor's Center, Virginia Wildlife Exhibits and Children's Farm; Group tours are available by reservation
; on the list of National Historic Places; he see story of the Walker Family domestic servants at Maymont.

ADMISSION: $5; Guided tours on the hour and half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun Noon-5p

ADDRESS:1700 Hampton Street  MAP

PARKING: on site

PHONE: 804-358-7166 x329

Virginia Holocaust Museum
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1997, the museum offers docent-led group tours and individual self-guided tours
that drive home the devastating impact the Nazi rampage in the 1930s and 40s Europe; lectures, film series and rotating exhibits; a trip to the museum  a 14-minute documentary precedes both tours; includes The Nuremberg Trials Courtroom Exhibit, which is the only replica of the famous courtroom that set the standard for modern international law

ADMISSION: free, but it is recommended that children be at least age 9; donations appreciated

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat-Sun 11a-5p

ADDRESS: 2000 East Cary Street  MAP

PARKING: free parking on premises

PHONE: 804-257-5400


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