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Situated near the Richmond Centre and the Richmond Coliseum, this modern hotel is perfect for conventioneers and business travelers. Conventioneers will love that the hotel is connected to the Greater Richmond Convention Center by a skywalk. Plus, its proximity to Capitol Square and the entertainment of Shockoe Slip makes it simple to mix business with pleasure. Guests will find comfortable rooms equipped with amenities to make their stay as stress-free as possible. Many of the rooms feature excellent views of the city.
This high-rise hotel is only blocks from the State Capitol and the financial district, making it popular with business travelers and tourists alike. The pristine marble lobby and ultramodern facilities are an interesting contrast to the charming cobblestone streets of Shockoe Slip just outside the door. Several restaurants, shops and nightclubs can be found in this historic neighborhood. The spacious amenity filled rooms feature comfortable work areas. However, to feel like a real executive, you need to book a room on the posh club level.
"Let us have a bank that takes nickels and turns them into dollars." These were the words of Maggie Walker in a speech to the Board of what is now the oldest surviving black-operated bank in the United States, Consolidated Bank and Trust. This remarkable woman was its founder and was also the developer of a successful insurance company that worked to ensure proper health care and burials for African-Americans. Ms. Walker was the daughter of a former slave and a white abolitionist. The 22-room house built in 1883, where she lived for 30 years, is now open to the public for tours. Admission is free.Winter hours: Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., November 1 through February 28.Summer hours: Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 1 through October 31.
Art Works Studios and Galleries is the perfect place to plan a party, wedding, or to host a gallery showing for art. If you want to have your creations seen, then Art Works will collaborate with you to make sure that everything goes according to how you'd like it. Gallery spaces are aplenty on the two floors of the building. There are some galleries that are always available to peruse, so you can check out local artists' work - from paintings, photographs, jewelry and crafts - and perhaps make a purchase or two. On the 4th day of the month, the entire building is open to the public, including all of the rented spaces, and food as well as music is provided while you walk around and check out the talent. There are monthly youth art classes and group art projects that are offered to the public.
Explore the universe at Richmond's Science Museum. A variety of hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theater make this spot a favorite for families. Children and adults will find something to fascinate them at every turn. The museum features a children's theater, live shows of the current night sky and a journey into the living cell. Also shown here are current IMAX films.
Built-in 1893, this beautiful home on the James River is a classic example of Victorian architecture and landscaping. Maymont Mansion is filled with period furniture including a magnificent swan bed. Trees and plants from all over the world were cultivated here by the owners. The English, Japanese and Italian gardens are romantic spots for strolling and picnicking. A carriage collection, children's farm, and small zoo are other favorite attractions.
Designed especially for young children, this innovative museum lets kids explore the wonders of the world around them and have fun at the same time. All exhibits are interactive and encourage children and adults to participate. The Tour de Tummy teaches about the digestive system as children and adults enter through the giant mouth into the stomach. The museum is located next to the Science Museum of Virginia. Special events occur throughout the year; check the calendar on the website.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts contains comprehensive collections of works from ancient times to the present. Permanent exhibits include pieces from ancient Greece, a tapestry hall, a medieval chapel and the largest collection of Faberge eggs outside of Russia. A regular schedule of temporary exhibits rounds out this comprehensive art museum. A peaceful sculpture garden provides a place for a quiet rest beside the rushing fountains. Admission is free, although USD5 donations are suggested.
For 150 years the Virginia Historical Society has been collecting portraits, manuscripts, and artifacts, such as books, bound serials, sheet music, the largest collection of Confederate-made weapons in the world and much more. Semi-permanent exhibits include, "The Story of Virginia, an American Experience" and "The Seasons of the Confederacy." During 2014, most of the exhibition places will be closed for renovations - however, the library, museum shop, and select programs are still available.
Few places in Richmond are as full of fascination and fun as World of Mirth. How about sticking a hobbling nun on your dashboard? Or, grab a bag full of rubber chickens and bugs to hide away where others will discover them. Add a "Superman" or "Yellow Submarine" cookie jar or "Betty Boop" salt and pepper shakers to your kitchen. Buy a wind-up robot or chicken and use them as unique gifts. In addition to novelties, this store has toys too.
This quaint amphitheater located at Byrd Park is home to a plethora of events and cultural festivities. Dogwood Dell can accommodate a crowd of 2,400 and makes for an ideal space to lounge around and witness events at. Climb the 240-foot Georgian bell tower for a great view of Byrd Park, a spot filled with people lounging on the grass and playing Frisbee with or without their pets. On summer evenings, a free performing arts festival here draws hundreds of picnicking spectators. Call for more details on upcoming events at this venue.
The Diamond is home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. All the seating is around the infield and the roof provides respite from the elements. The stadium is easy to get to and has plenty of parking space. The Diamond is known for its imposing size and concrete architecture.