Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University presents art intended to prompt interaction and discussion, to evoke emotion and drive experiences, while providing an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and throughout the world. As a non-collecting institution, the ICA features changing exhibitions of visual art and design, experimental performances, films and special programs that translate our world into every medium and encourage in-depth consideration of the central issues of our time. Admission is to ICA exhibitions is always free and open to all, but space may be limited; be sure to reserve your free timed ticket for exhibitions.

American Civil War Museum

Located at 1201 E. Clay St., adjacent to the restored historic White House of the Confederacy, this modern facility holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of military, political and domestic artifacts and art associated with the period of the Confederacy, 1861-1865.

Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives

Located in Richmond’s beautiful Fan district, this museum has a collection of artifacts representing Jewish history and life. As the oldest and largest synagogue in Richmond, Beth Ahabah offers a wide range of programming—from interest-based study to a modern vision for Jewish education, to family practice at home to thought-provoking discussions.

Black History Museum & Cultural Center

Through visual, oral and written records and artifacts, the Museum seeks to become a permanent repository commemorating the lives and accomplishments of Blacks in Virginia. The Museum collects documents, limited editions, prints, art and photographs for use in its Black History Archives Program. The collection has materials that date back to 1619.

Maggie L. Walker House National Historic Site

This site commemorates the life of a progressive and talented African American woman who achieved great success, specifically in the world of finance. Maggie Walker was the first woman in the United States to found and serve as president of  the oldest surviving banks in the United States. At this historic site you can see what was once her home and check out information about her life and the surrounding neighborhood.

Richmond Railroad Museum

The Richmond Railway Museum seeks to tell the story of railroads in the central Virginia area over the past 150 years through artifacts, equipment, paper memorabilia, maps and photographs displayed in the freight room and the station master’s office. The story of Richmond’s rail history is also told with restored railroad rolling stock on track adjacent to the museum building.

Richmond National Battlefield Park

The Richmond National Battlefield Park commemorates several sites associated with the campaigns made by the Union to capture Richmond from the Confederacy. It also protects hundreds of acres of historic land. Tours of the grounds are available.

Valentine Museum

Through its changing exhibitions, the Valentine Museum features artifacts that detail Richmond’s 400 year history and life. The museum concentrates on urban and social history and the decorative arts. Exhibitions, tours, special events, research opportunities, school programs and other public programs engage the broadest audience in an ongoing dialogue about the significance and relevance of the city’s history.

Children’s Museum of Richmond

You can’t miss the Children’s Museum of Richmond! Literally, you can’t miss it, there is a HUGE red puzzle piece right in front of this fun museum at its Broad Street location. This amazingly interactive museum is a great way for children to move through exhibitions that help them learn more about their world. In addition to its location on Broad Street (blocks from VCU’s campus), other locations can be found in Short Pump (the West End), Chesterfield (the South Side) and up in Fredericksburg.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

As one of the top ten art museums in the country, the VMFA showcases artwork from around the world, highlighting pieces from ancient Egypt all the way up to modern day America. In addition to its permanent and traveling exhibitions, VCUarts’ Fashion department has its annual show at the VMFA, one of the hottest tickets around. There are always special collections and events to see, so if you are an art lover, you don’t want to miss visiting this museum.

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Through its permanent exhibitions, the Virginia Holocaust Museum is a powerful reminder of the atrocities of the Shoah, the sacrifices of its victims, the bravery of its heroes and the courage of the survivors. The Museum’s commitment to Tolerance Through Education, encapsulates its goal to combat intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, prejudice, fear and hatred with knowledge, understanding, compassion and acceptance.

Virginia Historical Society

Full of rarely seen Virginian artifacts and learning opportunities. To learn more about Virginia’s history you can visit for an event, to peruse the library, or just to explore one of their many exhibitions

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

Once upon a midnight dreary…would be a scary time to go visit Richmond’s Poe Museum, which boasts the world’s finest collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings.

Science Museum of Virginia

It’s okay to touch the exhibits at the Science Museum of Virginia. Channel your inner child in this fun, interactive museum has lots of opportunities for hands-on learning. The dome theater at the museum is an awesome venue for checking out films that will take your breath away!