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  • Amie G
    25 contributions
    We really enjoyed the audio tour of the mansion. The recordings were well-done and very informative. Touring the grounds on our own was fantastic too. All the flowers were in bloom and it was so beautiful!
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Cleveland M
    Staunton, VA30 contributions
    Beautiful collection, stunning buildings, friendly staff, open all year, nice dining/snacking options, and it's free! It's got it all! For me, the VMFA offers far too much to take in in a single visit. I would suggest limiting any single visit to specified collections and giving them ample time and attention.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • MEHEL3
    Fayetteville, NC639 contributions
    Visit was 16 May 2022, from NC on business in Richmond. They do have military discount but these grounds were beautiful. Plenty of ground and outstanding flowers and art sculptures. Did visit the butterflies in the conservatory. It was the relaxing environment after have driving up. A very nice start to my business trip. I spent about 2 hours or more until rain shorten my visit. It cleared up about hour after I had left but needed to get ready for next day. If I am ever in this area again, I would bring others and spend a little more time and sit down to relax to take in the beautiful wonders of nature. Please if you get the chance, stop for a visit. In a safe area.
    Written 4 June 2022
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  • Kate Illinois1
    Illinois4,113 contributions
    A Wonderful review of America's history and memorable tour with Mrs. Snellings. Restoration work ongoing which relocates visitor entrance and no visitor designated parking. You will need to find street parking in surroundings blocks. No longer has entrance to Senate & House Chambers.....you can look through the door windows. Missing a couple statues that were there previously. Obstructed view of Capitol Building and Washington Equestrian Monument on the Capital Square. Still worth a visit to listen to Mrs. Snellings tour and see the George Washington life size statue located in the rotunda, which was unveiled in 1796. Chiseled from marble by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, who spent two weeks in 1785 taking careful measurements and making a facial mask of the living George Washington. If you don't take a tour, be sure to check out the original model of the capitol.
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • 8ric
    Tampa, FL1,150 contributions
    Great to take a stroll down Cary street and visit all the unique shops and end up garbing a bite to eat with no worries about finding a restaurant that meets your food genre. The shops in Carytown are eclectic and unique. You can spend a full day leisurely strolling the street and meandering into the many shops they have. If in Richmond you will want to check this side of town out.
    Written 4 June 2022
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  • chad y
    Stockbridge, MI145 contributions
    Jefferson Davis, James Monroe and John Polk are also in this cemetery. You can walk or drive through.
    Written 3 June 2022
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  • chad y
    Stockbridge, MI145 contributions
    We loved this tour and the tour guide Charlie was very knowledgeable and a great host! A must see if you are visiting Richmond!
    Written 3 June 2022
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  • Steve Kendall
    Midlothian, VA51 contributions
    A wonderful museum designed to educate and entertain. Many of the exhibits are interactive and encourage visitor participation. Children as well as adults love this place. There are even unusual small animals. Elevators and ample parking make access easy. Very clean & well maintained. A small cafe offers a limited offering of drinks and microwaveable food & snacks.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • vahokie93
    virginia10 contributions
    Attending the reenactment is a great glimpse into our history. Definitely worth the time! Plan to visit local pub afterwards.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Jennifer T
    Chambersburg, PA75 contributions
    We were in town for the weekend for s lacrosse tournament and had a few hours to kill. The parking lot was full, so we parked at the Civil War Museum, which allows for paid use of the lot or you can get your ticket validated if you visit the museum. Fridays are free at the museum for veterans, so it was a win all-around. The museum is awesome too, with gorgeous ruins of a historic building and good exhibits.

    The park is really neat. I enjoyed the walk around. There are cool ruins of structures, pretty water views, and even adventure activities (a camp was going on that was doing rock climbing, kayaking, etc.). There is also a cool bike course with trail and obstacles (ramps, bumps).

    Plenty of shade, and port-a-potties on the island, but bring water. There are no vendors or anything like that once you enter the foot bridge. There was an ice-cream truck before the bridge, but I’m sure they aren’t always there.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Xeuropn
    Virginia Beach, VA382 contributions
    Stopped in here to check out the stores, before moving on to downtown Richmond. We got there just prior to 10AM, and walked the complete mall. So unique, and beautifully decorated for Christmas. The selection of shops was amazing. Not that you can’t find many of the stores at other mall locations, but this mall had so many more shops together than I’ve ever seen. Plenty of parking and a diverse number of eating establishments.
    Written 12 December 2021
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  • Jennifer K
    Duncansville, PA27 contributions
    The Poe House is interesting for any literary buff or Poe fan. The house itself is very small and tight, so they do limit occupancy. If you read each display carefully you may spend about 30-45 minutes in the entire museum. The gift shop had a nice assortment of items.
    Definitely either take an Uber/Taxi or drive yourself and park on the street. I would NOT recommend walking to this location.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • raj0302
    Swansboro, NC938 contributions
    If my review is useful, please give me a “helpful” vote.

    Caveat. The museum is in the midst of improvements/renovation so some of the museum's exhibits are "off line" and unavailable for viewing.

    1. Bottom Line Up Front/frame of reference for my remarks. I have visited over 35 museums of this type and always have high expectations for museums of this type; this museum is professionally curated and contains some very nice artifacts. The architecture of the museum is very elegant and (on the day of my visit), it was very quiet and peaceful. It is definitely worth visiting if you are in the area and is worth a day trip even if you are not in the area.

    2. Details of my visit

    2.a. Date & Time. Saturday 24 Jul 2021.

    2.b. Other patrons. During my visit, there were approximately three other groups consisting of 2 adults each.

    2.c. Length of visit. I was at the museum 2 hours and read 75% of the informative placards.

    3. Location. Check the museum’s website for current information; I plugged the address in to my iPhone and it took me directly to the museum.

    4. Access

    4.a. Parking. Paved / no charge / on the street in a residential/museum district.

    4.b. Passenger vehicles. The parking spaces can be accessed by any type of passenger vehicle.

    4.c. RV and tractor-trailers. I do not consider this attraction to be accessible by over-size vehicles.

    5. Admission. Check the museum’s website for current information.

    6. Hours of operation. Check the museum’s website for current information.

    7. Handicap access. I noticed signs for the handicap parking area and access. There are several locations throughout the museum where benches are available.
    On the day of my visit, all of the exhibits were on the first floor; when the restoration and upgrades are complete, there may be exhibits on the upper floors - I believe there is an elevator and would recommend telephoning the museum to confirm.

    8. Child friendliness. I would assess that the museum is child-friendly. There are no small exhibits than can be pilfered.

    9. Permissions/prohibitions

    9.a. Food and drinks. Not permitted.

    9.b. Photography. Non-flash photography is permitted.

    9.c. Pets and service animals. I did not notice any signs but I would imagine that service animals (not pets) are permitted; I would recommend calling the museum to confirm.

    10. Type/nature of visit. Visitors may conduct un-guided tours; I do not know if guided tours are available.

    11. Exhibits - Landscapes of Virginia. Approximately thirty paintings depicting the different geographic areas of Virginia: Tidewater, Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Valley and Ridge, Appalachian Plateau.

    12. Exhibits - The story of Virginia. Very large collection of exhibits/artifacts (from pre-historic times to present day). Of note are the following:

    12.a. Map depicting the trade routes to/from various countries and the goods that were traded between them.

    12.b. Map depicting the sources and destinations of African slaves.

    12.c. General Robert E. Lee's field desk.

    12.d. General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson's pocket watch.

    12.e. General Jeb Stuart's uniform.

    13. Exhibits - Founding Fathers (I believe a temporary exhibit). Exhibits pertaining to Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton and Madison.

    14. Amenities.

    15.a. Restrooms. Restrooms are available and very clean.

    15.b. Water fountains. Water fountains are available.

    15.c. Gift shop. The gift shop appears to be temporary and is located in the lobby; it has a very small collection of items.

    16. Conclusion. I intend to visit the museum again when the restoration/upgrade is complete but would recommend it to anyone in its present state.
    Written 24 July 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • SpanishteacherMD
    Ellicott City, Maryland1,540 contributions
    Incredible scenery, a wonderful experience. Whether you walk, jog, run, or take the dog for a hike, anywhere on this trail is fantastic. My wife and I had a chance to experience Belle Isle (part of the James River park system) and Brown's Island / Manchester by crossing the T. Tyler Potterfield Pedestrian Bridge, you have to give yourself at least half a day, if not more to walk, walk and walk. Bring a camera and your walking shoes. This trail, no matter where you pick it up, is worth every minute you spend on it. Tons of beautiful scenery, awesome views and wheelchair accessible. A perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy Richmond and all the Virginia has to offer.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Glenn
    Orlando, FL4 contributions
    A beautiful and well done museum. They manage to share a tragic chapter of human history with dignity, and they continue to educate in hopes that such atrocities are never repeated.
    Written 30 April 2022
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