Richmond Spotlight

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Arts, Architecture, Archives and Apparitions

From history to haunts and memorials to museums, the Richmond Region boasts opportunities for every interest.

Ships, Sonnets and Spectres

Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's life here with a tour of his Richmond haunts. The day includes a canal boat ride, dinner, visit to the Poe Museum and a Haunts of Richmond tour. Allow half a day.


Many professional arts groups, including the Richmond Ballet, Latin Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Symphony and Virginia Opera, perform in the Region. Choose from Theater IV's family performances, the Richmond Shakespeare Festival's outdoor productions or a variety of local productions at Swift Creek Mill Theatre or Barksdale Theatre.

Virginia Holocaust Museum

The museum offers an interactive tour of nearly 30 exhibits and a place for meditation and reflection in the Survivors' Room. The "potato hole" exhibit allows visitors to crawl through the space where nine adults and four children hid for nine months. The Research Library features nearly 2,000 books and 20,000 documents (mostly original versions) on Holocaust-related topics as well as a video library with interviews of Holocaust survivors, liberators and witnesses. Allow a minimum of two hours. (13 or older)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

You'll find the largest museum collection in the Southeast including art nouveau, art deco, contemporary, impressionist, African, Himalayan and British sporting art as well as the largest public display of Fabergé Russian Imperial eggs outside of Russia. Original works by Monet, Cassatt, Lichtenstein and Warhol are also displayed. Allow a minimum of one hour.

Virginia Film Tours

More than 100 movies and TV shows, including "Cold Mountain," "Gods and Generals" and "John Adams," have been filmed here. View Richmond through the eyes of Hollywood and visit the actual locations where scenes from many of these acclaimed films and shows were filmed. Allow two hours to one day.

Virginia Center for Architecture

Investigate the power and importance of architecture through exhibits and educational programs. Located on historic Monument Avenue and housed in a 27,000-square-foot Tudor Revival mansion, the center also features an impressive gift shop. Allow one hour.

Library of Virginia

Explore Virginia's rich past through the most extensive collection of government records, architectural drawings, genealogical notes, rare books, paintings, photographs and more. Allow one hour.

Art Galleries and Studios

Dozens of galleries and studios feature everything from contemporary to cultural art in various media, including sculpture, photography, paintings and more. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen showcases rotating exhibits, while Art Works and Plant Zero feature studios and offer opportunities to meet the artists. The First Fridays gallery walk provides a casual opportunity to explore art galleries through monthly open houses and meet-the-artist receptions. Allow a minimum of one hour per gallery or studio.




Featured Events


A Chicken in Every Plot

Jan 28-Jun 26
Featuring the work of nationally-known Richmond photographer Alyssa C. Salomon, this exhibition…more

Carytown Food & History Tour

May 2-
Carytown, otherwise known as The Mile of Style, is an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutiques, and…more

Romeo and Juliet

Feb 19
A lush new production of Gounod’s classic opera Romeo and Juliet will immerse you in…more

Monster Cross 2016

Feb 21
Monster Dash Trail 5.5 mile run, MINI-Monster 25 Miles Bike Race on Mountain or Cross bikes, and…more

Leon Russell

Mar 6
Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing…more