There is always a new reason to come to downtown Richmond: a restaurant opening, a store with one-of-a-kind finds, a freshly painted mural, but there is also an abundance of history to take in and experience firsthand. Lucky for us, we have the museums, guides, and tours to tell you the story of our city by Segway, bike, trolley, boat or foot.
There is history at every inch and corner of historic downtown Richmond and we are eager to give you the insight of how Richmond came to be. Whatever way you like to explore Richmond: museums, self-guided trails or historic neighborhoods & buildings that have had past presidents walk its halls, you can discover it downtown.
Looking for the best places to park or grab a bite to eat? Make sure to check out our interactive Downtown Richmond Map so you can plan your trip!
The American Civil War Museum is more than a collection of artifacts. In the battle against the all-too-human instinct to wish the past were simple, the museum explores the unparalleled significance the Civil War holds to complexities we face today.
The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia celebrates the rich culture and moving histories of African American people in Virginia and their contributions to our magnificent country.
This National Park Service visitors center in downtown Richmond offers both self-guided and guided walking tours. It is the main visitor center for Richmond National Battlefield Parks. Exhibits and artifacts are on display. Orientation films are shown throughout the day.
Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most important and influential American writers of the 19th century. The Poe Museum’s collection is the most comprehensive in the world and its programs reach thousands of scholars, students, teachers and literary enthusiasts every year.
The Richmond Railroad Museum is located in the restored historic Southern Railway Station just south of the James River in the Manchester neighborhood.
The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum has grown steadily since 2003, and now has an average of over 42,000 visitors each year. It remains an important location for Virginia field trips, with students from over 100 middle and high schools visiting yearly.
The Virginia Telephone Museum exhibits phones dating back to the late 1800s, switchboards, phone books and tools.
The Virginia War Memorial is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s premier monument, museum, and educational center dedicated to Virginians who served to defend the United States from World War II through today.
The City of Richmond and the Slave Trail Commission unveiled markers for the Richmond Slave Trail in April 2011. Seventeen markers along the path display somber and illuminating information on the history of slavery in Richmond. This three-mile trail goes from the James River at the Manchester Docks at Ancarrow’s Boat Landing into downtown and Shockoe Bottom to Lumpkin’s Slave Jail.
First Freedom Center was founded in 1984 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, adopted in 1786 by the Virginia General Assembly. Free to visit, the First Freedom Center celebrates this important history by exploring the past, present and future of religious freedom in America.
The Fed Experience is a free educational exhibit located in the lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Simulations and interactive exhibits for children and adults.
The Riverfront Canal Cruise in downtown Richmond features a 40-minute, historically-narrated boat tour of the James River and Kanawha Canal, designed by George Washington.
Real Richmond Food Tours
Come along with REAL RICHMOND Food Tours, as we help visitors and residents alike navigate the culinary and cultural riches that RVA has to offer.
Richmond Brewery Tours
Visiting Richmond’s breweries, both the stalwarts and the up-and-comers, is among Richmonders’ favorite pastimes. We’ve never met a beer we didn’t want to try at least once. And Richmond Brewery Tours is ready to share our knowledge of Richmond’s beer scene with you! Check out their Tacky Lights Tour for the holidays too!
Richmond Mural Project
The Richmond Mural Project is a yearly event with the goal of creating over 100 murals by world-renown talent in the first 5 years alone. The recurrence and solidification of the project throughout this time has established Richmond as a landmark destination for internationally recognized murals, establishing it as a premier art destination.
River City Food Tours
River City Food Tours are about exploring new restaurants and foods. They believe a great food tour should introduce you to at least one new spot you’ll return to again and again! Our personal favorite is the Downtown Booze & Bites Tour.
Historic tours, Craft Brewery tours, Winery tours, Food tours, Street Art tours, as well as custom tours! Explore all Richmond has to offer on board one of our classic vintage trolleys!
RVATukTuk offers tours and rides on their fleet of electric-powered, three-wheeled open-air vehicles.
Segway of Richmond
Segways are a perfect way to tour Richmond and super easy to use. Cover more ground than walking, but still get up close to all the amazing things Richmond has to offer - history, street art, and more!
Untold RVA is the people's choice for the creative advancement of Richmond's most powerful self-determination narratives that are hidden in plain sight.
Find these historic sites and buildings on our Downtown Richmond Map!
17th Street Farmers’ Market
John Marshall House
Library of Virginia
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
Maggie L. Walker Statue and Plaza
Main Street Station
Old City Hall
Richmond African Burial Ground
Richmond Liberty Trail
Richmond Slave Trail
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
Virginia State Capitol/Capitol Square
For your own health and safety, please keep an eye on our Featured Downtown Events webpage for updated event information throughout the year.