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Last Updated: 2020-02-27

Located at 122 West Leigh Street. Carroll Anderson founded the original museum in 1981 before moving the museum to "00 Clay Street", a neoclassical style structure built in 1832 and purchased by Maggie L. Walker in 1922. In 1932, it became the African-American branch of the Richmond Public library; in 1991 it was converted to a museum and cultural center for visual, oral and written records and artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of Blacks in Virginia from their arrival in 1619 to present. The current museum location opened in 2016 and is housed within the historic Leigh Street Armory. Artifacts, videos, historical documents, and photographs are used to highlight the achievements of African-Americans in Virginia through. For more information, call (804)780-9093.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities offers various summer camps each year. For more information, call (804)646-1026.

Enjoy 35-minute historically narrated tours or private charters of the James River & Kanawha Canal along the historic Canal Walk in a covered boat that accommodates up to 38 passengers and departs on the hour from the Turning Basin between 14th and Dock Streets in downtown Richmond's River District. Richmond's canals began in 1789 after George Washington lobbied the General Assembly to proceed with his vision of a canal and turnpike system that would connect the harbors of the east to the trade and market opportunities in the west. Today, you can enjoy the journey through the River District from April through November.

For more information, or to book a private charter, visit Call Venture Richmond at (804)788-6466 or (804)649-2800.

Visit this family friendly website for information on things to do and see in the metro Richmond area. Also contains a list of other sites that may be interesting to families, and information about homework help.

Located at 2626 W. Broad Street in Richmond, come out and explore over 250 interactive exhibits including the wonders of flight, illusions and astronomy in the 42,000 square-foot museum. An interactive, hands-on museum for children ages 6 months to 12 years. Permanent participatory exhibits include - How it Works, the Feeling Food Neighborhood, the Art Studio and Our Great Outdoors. There is also an OMNIMAX film and multimedia planetarium show. (804)474-CMOR.

The city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities provides leisure time projects, programs and activities for the enjoyment of Richmond residents of all ages, from athletics and aquatics to activities for seniors and programs in art, dance and crafts.

Community Centers are located throughout the city and offer programs of interest for citizens of all ages, from the tiny pre-school aged participant to the senior citizen. Programs range from arts and crafts to sports and fitness opportunities.

Located in on their website, this virtual museum has information about currency, rare bills and gold and silver bars.

June to mid-August, Annual Festival of the Arts in Byrd Park at Dogwood Dell. For more details, call (804)646-1437 or the Dell hotline (summers only) at (804)358-DELL.

Located at 1700 Hampton Street, this 100-acre Victorian estate, once home of Major James H. and Sallie May Dooley, was bequeathed to the City of Richmond in 1925. Features include: nature center and gardens, a carriage collection, children's farm and native Virginia wildlife exhibits (with more than 300 animals, almost 60 species), and the restored mansion. Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the private nonprofit Maymont Foundation.

For more information, call (804)358-7166.

Located at 8300 Beaver Bridge Road, more than 400 animals (some of which are endangered species displayed in spacious, naturalistic exhibits. For more information, call (804)739-5666.

This tool provides searchable information on Richmond parks, playgrounds and community centers. Through a comprehensive database, this application identifies which facilities are equipped with athletic fields, ball diamonds, basketball courts, exercise trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, and tot lots. It also provides information on how to make reservations at one of our facilities.

No matter where you are in Richmond, you're never far from one of the many city parks. Each park offers a wide range of opportunities for outdoor recreation. At our parks, you can enjoy a picnic, jog, go fishing, or find a quiet spot to get away from it all. Come see what we have, just for you.

Located at 2500 West Broad Street, the Science Museum is the best Richmond has to offer in the way of hands-on science. Adults and children alike will be fascinated by the exhibits, which explain the physics of aviation, the insides of a computer, or the astronomy of the night sky. Fly a flight simulator, write a computer program, grow your own crystals, or catch an omnimax film in the planetarium. Traveling and seasonal exhibits give visitors a dynamic, current perspective on science.

For more information, call (800)659-1727.

Contact Information:

Office of the Press Secretary
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 201
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-7985
Fax: (804)646-5945

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