Richmond Museums & History
Richmond has an unbreakable bond with our nation's history. Many have called the city "the perfect blend of old and new." That is a quite accurate description, as Richmond has served as the backdrop for such unforgettable events as several decisive battles in the Civil War and Patrick Henry's famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech. Despite the far-reaching vintage, the city has squarely embraced the modern, as it boasts a vibrant business community, thriving art scene and is home to several widely-recognized educational institutions. Both the past and the present make up today's Richmond, and that combination proves to be quite powerful, as the city welcomes over 200,000 annual visitors, many of which begin their time in the city learning about its past in several of its fine museums.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum
does an impressive job of presenting one of the most harrowing events in our history. It dramatically documents the horror of the many Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust. The facility tells the story from several vantage points, focusing on how the Holocaust reshaped the lives of many Jews. The museum also highlights the stories of Virginia survivors and that makes up what is perhaps the venue's most emotional exhibit.
Address: 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23223 - MAP
Phone: (804) 257-5400
It's difficult to accurately encapsulate the depth and breadth of Richmond's historical richness. The Valentine Richmond Historical Center
rises to the challenge by doing an impressive job of presenting several of the city's historical moments and notable accomplishments through its exhibits. Richmond's social, artistic and architectural history are all represented in this fine museum.
Address: 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219 - MAP
Phone: (804) 649-0711
The Virginia Aviation Museum
will take you on a historical journey of some of the area's vintage aircrafts and their dramatic stories. See a WW I SPAD VII, Captain Dick Merrill's 1930s mail plane, a SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and an incredible collection of navigational devices. This museum will appeal to both the history buff and the military fan, too. There are monthly lectures on various subjects as well as an educational film screening in the auditorium. Check the website for specific times and more information.
Address: 5701 Huntsman Road, Richmond National Airport, Richmond, VA 23250 - MAP
Phone: (804) 236-3622
The Museum and White House of the Confederacy
documents one of Richmond's key involvements in the Civil War. The museum boasts the world's largest collection of Confederate artifacts that include rare pieces of art, letters and various other personal effects from the war. See some of the actual weapons used by Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson as well as the actual White House of the Confederacy that has been restored to look like it did when Jefferson Davis was living there.
Address: 1201 Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219 - MAP
Phone: (804) 649-1861
There's no question that Edgar Allan Poe was one of the world's most notable authors. His legacy and life are remembered in Richmond's Edgar Allan Poe Museum
. See some of Poe's personal effects, first editions as well as the world's largest collection of original Poe manuscripts. All of these compelling pieces help give a more focused picture of one of the world's most enigmatic literary masters.
Address: 1914 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23223 - MAP
Phone: (804) 648-5523
The Science Museum of Virginia
has one mission, and that is to answer as many questions as possible. Several scientific concepts are available to explore, like how electricity works, what makes a computer process information, and how our DNA is constructed, just to name a few. The exhibits are interactive, and the museum welcomes its visitors to get involved in these fun and informative presentations that are meant to answer questions as well as inspire you and your kids to continue exploring by asking even more.
Address: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA - MAP
Phone: (804) 864-1509