The 10 Best Museums to Explore in RVA

By Scoutology Staff

1. Maymont Mansion

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1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
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At Maymont Mansion, the gardens and historic artifacts have been masterfully restored so that the Gilded Age estate looks much as it did as the Dooleys’ home from 1893 to 1925. Come for the beautiful scenery, but stay for this history lesson!

2. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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200 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all.

3. Science Museum of Virginia

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2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220
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The Science Museum of Virginia offers dynamic exhibits, events and breathtaking giant screen films on the largest screen in Virginia. Featuring three stories of hands-on exhibits that provide unique experiences, inspiring you to enrich your life through science, the Science Museum of Virginia is perfect for children and adults alike.

4. Museum of the Confederacy

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1201 E. Clay Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
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The Museum of the Confederacy owns the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts and documents related to the Confederate States of America, in total over 130,000 items. A vast majority of those items were donated directly from the soldiers and families who lived through America’s most defining era.

5. Children’s Museum of Richmond

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2626 W. Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23220
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One-of-a-kind experiences are waiting for your family at the Children’s Museum of Richmond – where kids can climb, create, explore, and play their way to a lifetime of learning!

6. Valentine Richmond History Center

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1015 E Clay St, Richmond, Virginia 23219
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The Valentine Richmond History Center has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the History Center is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.

7. Edgar Allan Poe Museum

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1914 E Main St, Richmond, Virginia 23223
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Richmond’s Poe Museum boasts the world’s finest collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings. The Poe Museum provides a retreat into early nineteenth century Richmond where Poe lived and worked. The museum features the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe by documenting his accomplishments with pictures, relics, and verse, and focusing on his many years in Richmond.

8. Virginia Holocaust Museum

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2000 E. Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23223
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Located in downtown Richmond, the Museum details the Holocaust while telling stories of local Survivors. They are open year-round except for Easter, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

9. Black History Museum and Cultural Center

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00 E. Clay St., Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Founded in 1981 by Carroll Anderson, Sr., the Black History Museum and Cultural Center seeks to become a permanent repository for visual, oral and written records and artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of Blacks in Virginia.

10. Virginia Center for Architecture

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2501 Monument Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23220
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The Virginia Center for Architecture is dedicated to developing the understanding of architecture and design and their influence on our lives, our communities, and our world.

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