Museums and Parks 


Virginia Center for Architecture "Staying Power: Livable Communities for Virginia & AIA 150 America's Favorite Architecture." Discover 10 principles for livable communities, also The American Institute of Architects recognizes America's favorite buildings. Admission to the center is free (suggested donation: $5); special events are $5-$10. 2501 Monument Ave. 644-3041.


Agecroft Hall and Gardens This imported British manor house offers special events and lectures regularly. 4305 Sulgrave Road. 353-4241.

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar The center's permanent flagship exhibit "In the Cause of Liberty" runs through the end of time. 490 Tredegar St. 780-1865.

Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives "Minding the Store: Richmond's Jewish Merchants" and "Answering the Call: Prayer, Patriotism, Service & Sacrifice" are continuing exhibitions. "Commonwealth and Community: The Jewish Experience in Virginia" is on permanent display. 1109 W. Franklin St. Call 353-2668 or visit www.bethahabah.org.

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia "Culture Keepers: Art From African-American Private Collections," an exhibition of works drawn from the collections of art from the African-American community, runs through Jan. 11. 3 E. Clay St. 780-9093.

Canal Boat Cruises Tour the Canal Walk in a covered boat in Richmond's River District. Hours of operation vary. Tickets are $4-$5. 649-2800.

Children's Museum of Richmond Art and science exhibits designed for a younger perspective, with events and weekly programs. Admission is $6-$7. 2626 W. Broad St. 474-2667.

Haunts of Richmond The museum of Richmond's haunted history leads walking tours, Friday-Saturday at 9 p.m. Admission is $14.99. 11 N. 18th St. 343-3700.

Henricus Historical Park "Henricus Comes Alive" features a program of re-enactors and activities. 706-1340.

John Marshall House The restored Federal-style home of the former chief justice of the United States offers tours and exhibits. $4-$6. 818 E. Marshall St. 648-7998.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden More than 30 acres of gardens, changing seasonal displays, numerous events, a Children's Garden and a bird-watching trail. Admission is $6-$10. 1800 Lakeside Ave. 262-9887.

Library of Virginia "Myth & Memory: Understanding 400 Years of Virginia History," an exhibition looking at centennial events, runs through Dec. 15. Books, lectures and art displays can be explored through tours or with a library card. 800 E. Broad St. 692-3592.

Maymont Park "In Service and Beyond: Domestic Work and Life in a Gilded Age Mansion" on permanent display in the Maymont House. The Maymont Foundation offers many programs, tours and events for children and adults. 1700 Hampton St. For more information, call 358-7166 or visit www.maymont.org.

Museum of the Confederacy Artifacts and information on the Civil War and the antebellum South. 1201 E. Clay St. 649-1861.

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier A 422-acre Civil War campus with high-tech museums and hands-on experiences. 6125 Boydton Plank Road in Petersburg. 861-2408, ext. 606.

Science Museum of Virginia The museum offers programs, lectures and classes for children and adults. Admission is $9-$10. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400 or www.smv.org.

Scotchtown The 18th-century home of Dolley Madison and Patrick Henry is open for guided tours Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. 648-1889.

St. John's Church Historical church where Patrick Henry gave his pivotal speech, "Give me liberty or give me death." Tours available. 2401 E. Broad St. 648-5015. www.historicstjohnschurch.org.

Siege Museum "A City Endured: Civil War Photographs of Petersburg," photography by Alexander Gardner, Timothy O'Sullivan and the Matthew Brady studio, on permanent display. 15 W. Bank St. in Petersburg. 733-2427.

Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church Historic African-American church organized in 1867 by the Rev. John Jasper. Tours, bookstore and lunch available. 14 W. Duval St. 648-7511. www.smzbc.org.

Valentine Richmond History Center A collection of Richmond's cultural artifacts, with bus and walking tours offered every Sunday. Admission is $7-$10. 1015 E. Clay St. 649-0711.

Virginia Aviation Museum "Forces of Flight" is a collection of interactive exhibits on the science of flight. The museum offers special programs, exhibits and lectures on the history and science of flight. 5701 Huntsman Road. 236-3622.

Virginia Center for Architecture Tours, lectures and hands-on demonstrations exploring architecture, design and related topics. Admission to the center is free (suggested donation: $5); special events are $5-$10. 2501 Monument Ave. 644-3041 or www.virginiaarchitecture.org.

Virginia Fire and Police Museum The city's oldest police and fire station, Steamer Company No. 5, is home to Gallery5 and antique fire-fighting equipment. 200 W. Marshall St. 644-0005.

Virginia Historical Society "Virginians at Work" and "The Virginia Manufactory of Arms Collection" on long-term display. "The Episcopal Church in Virginia, 1607-2007," an exhibit about the social concerns and institutions of the church, runs through Jan. 13. 428 N. Boulevard. 342-9647.

Virginia Holocaust Museum "Liberation!" follows the course of World War II during the period of Europe's liberation, telling the stories of several Richmonders who witnessed it. "Exodus" exhibits the 1947 attempt to land thousands of Holocaust survivors in Palestine and the creation of Israel. At the museum art gallery, G. Roy Levin's Holocaust paintings are displayed. 2000 E. Cary St. 257-5400.

Virginia House Photography exhibit detailing the design and building of Virginia House, home of Alexander and Virginia Weddell. Permanent exhibit. 4301 Sulgrave Road in Windsor Farms. 353-4251.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts "An Enduring Legacy: Paintings Acquired Through the J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art" through fall 2008. "Eugene Boudin 1824-1898: Works From The Paul Mellon Collection at the National Gallery of Art," through Jan. 27. "The First Impressionist: Eugène Boudin," an exhibition of work by the French artist, through Jan. 27. Modern and classical art, plus rotating exhibits and social events. 200 N. Boulevard. 340-1400.

Virginia War Memorial The memorial honors Virginia's men and women who have fought in previous wars. Also frequent musical performances and lectures. Free admission. 621 S. Belvidere St. 786-2060.

Wilton House Museum "Redefining Ryland: A Portrait of the Virginia Gentry" and "With Every Season" feature photographs and displays that explore the construction of the building at World's End and its relocation to Richmond, as well as the story of the Randolph family. Tours available Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $2.50-$10. 215 S. Wilton Road. 282-5936.

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