The Museum District is a district in Richmond, Virginia. In 1993, after many years of work this neighborhood was recognized as a Federal and State Historic District. This district consists of early 20th century housing, and it is home to many of Virginia's great museums. The district is located west of the Boulevard, between Cary Street and Broad Street. In 1995 the first Home and Garden tour was held, with many houses displaying beautiful landscapes.
"Carytown" is the strip of Cary St. between Thompson and Boulevard. Carytown offers top rated restaurants and shops that are easily pedestrian accessible.
Car - Brush up on your parallel parking skills
Bus - GRTC
Taxi - Many Options
Walking - Very pedestrian friendly.
The Richmond Street Drummers - Local teenagers, group of 1 - 6 boys, jamming on trash can style drum kit. If you see them you know you are in a happening place. Be sure to show them support.
Many of Virginia's most famous museums are located in this district (hence the name).
- Agecroft Hall. A Tudor estate built in the late 15th century.
- Science Museum of Virginia. The center for premier hands on science education in Virginia.
- Folk Art Society of America. A dynamic, non-profit organization which advocates the discovery, study, documentation, preservation and exhibition of folk art, folk artists and folk art environments.
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N Blvd (at Grove Ave), ☎ +1 804 340-1400. Sa-W 10AM-5PM, Th-F 10AM-9PM. The VMFA is one of the first museums in the southern part of the United States, funded by a state. It often features exhibitions. Some of the past exhibits include: Realist and American Impressionist paintings from the McGlothlin Collection, furniture of the Old South and masterpieces of American silver. Free.
- Children's Museum of Richmond. A not-for-profit organization, exists to create innovative learning experiences for all children and those who support them that inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.
- Museum of the Confederacy. Three floors of galleries containing the world's most comprehensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs from the Confederate States of America.
Byrd Theatre [www.Byrdtheatre.com]- HIstoric Richmond Theatre, showing movies at $1.99. Go there on Saturday nights to hear The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ played by the brilliant Bob Gulledge prior to the movie.
Chop Suey Books - offering an interesting selection of new and used books.
- Caliente, 2922 Park Ave. Known for their wing challenge shown on the Travel Channel's Man VS Food, this is the place to go for some spicy cuisine.
- Chiocca's, 425 N Belmont Ave. If you have a little cash to spend, and enjoy a dark atmosphere filled with locals, this is the place for you. Delicious deli sandwiches that are worth the wait.
- Sundaze, 4000 Cutshaw Ave. Great real butter cream ice cream, and the prices are not to bad either!
- Zeus Gallery Cafe, 201 N Belmont. A cozy little restaurant with a chalkboard menu. Everything form American delights to fresh seafood.
New York Deli - Huge Selection of draft beer, and a good lively atmosphere
History of Maury Place at Monument
The original building permit issued for this Richmond, Virginia historic home, now Maury Place bed and breakfast inn, reveals that construction began on May 16, 1916 at a cost of $10,000! The 4600-square-foot house was built for Miss Addie Sturdivant, who never lived there. The house was built before Monument Avenue was paved west of the Boulevard and before the Maury Monument was unveiled. It was designed by German architect, Carl Ruehrmund, who designed other buildings on Monument Avenue, Grace Street, and Franklin Street in Richmond. Perhaps the earliest prominent owner of Maury Place was Dr. John Weitzel, who was a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia and one of Richmond's first pediatricians.
- Maury Place at Monument, 3101 W Franklin St (at Belmont Ave/Monument Ave), ☎ +1 804 353-2717, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Luxury 4 room bed and breakfast overlooking Monument Avenue. Within walking distance to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, restaurants, and the Carytown shopping district. $159-289.
- Museum District Bed and Breakfast, 2811 Grove Ave (between the Boulevard and Colonial Ave), ☎ +1 804 359-2332. This bed and breakfast hotel built in 1922 includes rooms with dark oak floors and cozy yellow walls and period architectural details. It is located across the street from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.