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.
Founded in 1847, Hollywood is one of the oldest cemeteries in Richmond. Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General J.E.B. Stuart, Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, novelists James Branch Cabel and Ellen Glasgow, and 18,000 Confederate soldiers, 11,000 of the unknown, are a few examples of the historical figures buried here. Hollywood has the city's best view of the James River. When the cemetery was first established, neighbors declared that the rushing of the falls would, literally, wake the dead. Guided tours are available on the last Sunday of each month through October.
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.
It was here that the Virginia Convention of 1775 met to discuss the question of taking arms against the British. One of the oldest wooden buildings in Virginia, delegates to the Convention - including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Patrick Henry - had convened in this very spot. And it was here where Patrick Henry gave his famous speech and said the following famous lines: "Give me liberty or give me death!" Visitors can reenact this experience by watching the live performances offered by professional actors and further enrich their knowledge of history by visiting the city's first public cemetery.
Designed by Thomas Jefferson with architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau, this Classic Revival building was modeled after a Roman temple, the Maison Carrée in Nimes. It was completed in 1788 and is the second oldest capitol in continuous use in the country. The focal point of the building is the central rotunda featuring a life-size statue of George Washington, said to be the only one for which he actually posed. A smaller dome displays busts of the eight American presidents from Virginia. The old Hall of the House of Delegates, where the legislature met until 1906, is now a museum. Free tours, lasting about 30 minutes, are offered here. Visitors can stroll around the Capitol grounds and see the nearby Executive Mansion.
A music lover's passion for music would be incomplete without watching a show at the National. True to its name, this classic place is nationally renowned for the finest concerts held here. Wooden floors, brick walls, 1500-cushioned seats and seven full bars is what makes the patrons return for more. The stylish backdrops and the grand stage provides an unobstructed view of your favorite artists playing live. Add to it the ultra-modern V-DOSC sound system and you have a power-packed experience!
This is the oldest frame church in Virginia, erected in 1729, and paid for with 60,000 pounds of tobacco. Patrick Henry's uncle was its rector from 1737-1777. North Carolina troops camped in and around the church in 1862 before the Civil War battle of Hanover Courthouse. This interesting example of colonial architecture is located near Randolph Macon College, Scotchtown and the Ashland Berry Farm. Tours are by appointment only.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services.
Barksdale Theatre is one of the most reputed venues in Richmond to catch a good play. It features well-scripted plays and productions of leading companies the year round. From musicals to drama, comedy to some noteworthy classics—this venue presents them all with great aplomb. The venue is a 207 seat space, complete with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Barksdale Theatre also conducts acting classes and short workshops for students in high and elementary school and adults. With an active program of courses aimed at enhancing the cultural aspect of the community, this theatre contributes in a large way by encouraging budding artists and coming up with aesthetic events.
The distinguished Kent-Valentine House is a historic home site in the Richmond region of Virginia. The monumental house was built in 1840s and has adapted the Colonial Revival style of architecture. The mansion houses the Historic Garden Week project and can also be hired for special occasions and celebrations.