Perhaps the biggest draw of this Richmond, VA neighborhood is the museums that it is named for. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one of the popular attractions, with its diverse exhibitions, vast collections of artwork and free admission. Visitors enjoy pieces that date back to ancient times, as well as modern artworks constructed in non-traditional ways. There are a variety of classes and programs available through the museum, which allow patrons to get hands on with the arts from infancy to adulthood.
Upon leaving the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the tree-lined streets of the Museum District beckon. Check out the fine examples of traditional architecture – mostly in the form of townhouses, rowhouses, apartment buildings and single-family residences – as you make your way down North Boulevard. Just steps from the art museum is another treasure of the district, the Virginia Historical Society. Patrons visit this gem for a number of reasons, but mostly to either conduct research or to learn more about the history of Virginia, from its landscape to its growth and expansion. There are traveling and permanent exhibits, including those that draw the attention of children.
Continuing down North Boulevard from the Virginia Historical Society, breathe in the distinct southern charm of the city as you make your way towards another hotspot in the region, Monument Avenue. This street is a magnet all throughout the year, thanks to its rows of deciduous trees that ignite into a kaleidoscope of colors in fall and, of course, its famous monuments. Going down Monument Avenue, you will find homages to Robert E. Lee, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Arthur Ashe, J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. These monuments are spread out down the center of Monument Avenue and span both sides of the main intersection. Street lighting fitting with the historic style of the district completes the picture of this charming byway.
Foot traffic through the Museum District as a whole is consistent, as everything you need is within walking distance. Mixed in with the rowhouses, there are businesses and restaurants of all types. As you walk around the Museum District, keep your eyes peeled for the mural artwork hidden along the side of buildings and in alleyways, as this region is a participant in the Richmond Mural Project.
Treat yourself to a haircut or a beauty treatment at one of these Museum District salons and spas:
- Katie Blue Salon
- Refuge on Cleveland
- Marpay Massage
- Salon 23
Intermingled with attorney’s offices, real estate offices and other professional establishments, there a variety of shops and businesses in the Museum District. Make sure to visit:
- Owen Suter’s Fine Furniture
- Tommy’s Garden
- R E Crawford Fine Art and Antiques
- Nine Roses Jewelers
- Lucky Roots
Hungry? No problem – there are plenty of restaurants in the Museum District. With cuisine ranging from American to Indian, and everything in between, it has never been easier to tantalize your taste buds. Try one of these popular eateries:
- North End Juice Co.
- Akida Japanese
- Belmont Pizzeria
- The Franklin Inn