Gleaming gold and shining silver, and other examples of money through the ages fill this museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Exhibits include items once used for barter all over the world. Collections also highlight paper money of Virginia from 1755 to 1865, including the currency of the Confederacy. Prior reservations are required, see their website for further details.
"Let us have a bank that takes nickels and turns them into dollars." These were the words of Maggie Walker in a speech to the Board of what is now the oldest surviving black-operated bank in the United States, Consolidated Bank and Trust. This remarkable woman was its founder and was also the developer of a successful insurance company that worked to ensure proper health care and burials for African-Americans. Ms. Walker was the daughter of a former slave and a white abolitionist. The 22-room house built in 1883, where she lived for 30 years, is now open to the public for tours. Admission is free.
Richmond was the home of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, a dancer who found fame when he appeared in movies with child-star Shirley Temple. This museum explores his life. Works by contemporary artists such as John Bigger and R.H. Polk are also featured. The building was built in 1832. It is an example of Federal/Greek Revival architecture. It is also convenient to the Valentine Museum and the Maggie Walker House.
In attendance, Theatre IV is the second largest children's theater in the nation. The glorious Empire Theater, once one of Richmond's glamorous movie houses, stages lively productions given by this local and regional touring company. The company attracts superb talent. VCU Performing Arts School a local college noted for its theater program sends many of its graduates.
This 54-acre (21-hectare) island of the James River has undergone several avatars in its time. What once started as a home to a granite quarry, served the nation during the American Civil War by housing a prisoner-of-war camp. Today, the Belle Isle has shed that avatar as well to become a city park. A great destination for people fond of the great outdoors, Belle Isle gives visitors an opportunity for walking, biking, swimming, rock jumping, sunbathing, bird watching, kayaking and even boulder top picnicking. A natural habitat for wildlife, don’t be alarmed if you come across a raccoon or duck while you’re here. Belle Isle is accessible through pedestrian and bicycle traffic via McArthur Bridge.
The grim site of Chimborazo, one of the Confederacy's largest hospitals, begins a tour of the Civil War battlefields of Richmond. A map obtained here will lead you to the sites of the Battles of Chickahominy Bluff, Beaver Dam Creek, and many more. The bloodiest battle of all was at Cold Harbor. The losses here were greater than those at Gettysburg when time is figured in; 16,000 men were lost, 8,000 in one hour. Admission is free.
Built in 1893, this home on the James River is a classic example of Victorian architecture and landscaping. The house is filled with period furniture including a magnificent swan bed. Trees and plants from all over the world were cultivated here by the owners. The English, Japanese and Italian gardens are romantic spots for strolling and picnicking. A carriage collection, children's farm and small zoo are other favorite attractions. Admission to the home and children's farm is free, although donations are requested.
Designed especially for young children, this innovative museum lets kids explore the wonders of the world around them and have fun at the same time. All exhibits are interactive and encourage children and adults to participate. The Tour de Tummy teaches about the digestive system as children and adults enter through the giant mouth into the stomach. The museum is located next to the Science Museum of Virginia. Special events occur throughout the year; check the calendar on the Web site.
This 9,071 seat center was built in 1972 and is home to the University of Richmond Spiders basketball team. It is on campus and also houses other athletic programs through the university. Check the website for tickets and event listings.
Cannons fire as the Richmond Concert Band plays Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." This famous piece and other patriotic and popular music entertains spectators. Then the bells of the Carillon, a Georgian bell tower, chime as fireworks light the sky in an impressive display. Treats like sno-cones and popcorn are available from vendors. Most who attend the event bring a picnic. Admission is free.
Cavalier is a skating rink frequented by neighborhood kids, teens and even families. A lot of small competitions and skating events take place here regularly.
The Arthur Ashe Center was built in 1982, and was the place where the funeral of tennis star Arthur Ashe was held. It is a 6,000 seater sports arena with 72,000 square feet of space. This sports facility contains a basketball court, and an indoor track, but it can hold any sports event. The seats are adjustable and the size of the track can be increased. This Center is also available for trade shows, community events, cultural shows and conventions.