Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia


Housed in the castellated 1895 Leigh Street Armory, the only 19th-century built for an African American militia, this museum has a permanent collection of art, artifacts, textiles, photographs and rare books spotlighting the rich history, heritage, and significant accomplishments of African Americans in Virginia.

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1. Virginia State Capitol

0.92 MILES

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the capitol building was completed in 1788 and houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere – the Virginia…

2. White House of the Confederacy

0.94 MILES

This 1818 building was the executive mansion of the Confederacy between 1861 and 1865, and the wartime home of its president, Jefferson Davis. Guided 45…

3. Virginia War Memorial


The Virginia War Memorial, dedicated to all branches of service who served in all theaters of American combat since World War II, is an impressive…

4. Monument Avenue

1.03 MILES

Famous southerners including JEB Stuart, Robert E Lee, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson are memorialized in statue form along…

5. Canal Walk

1.06 MILES

The 1.25-mile waterfront Canal Walk between the James River and the Kanawha (ka-naw-wha) and Haxall Canals is a lovely way of seeing a dozen highlights of…

6. Richmond National Battlefield Park

1.06 MILES

The dozen Civil War sites and four visitor centers that comprise this park can be visited on an 80-mile driving tour around Richmond. The best place to…

7. Historic Tredegar

1.07 MILES

Part of the multisite American Civil War Museum, this fascinating exhibit – housed inside an 1861 iron works that at its height employed 800 free and…

8. Hollywood Cemetery

1.26 MILES

Perched above the James River rapids, this tranquil cemetery contains the gravesites of two US presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), the only…