Sightseeing in Richmond

Historic-Site Visit for Two or Four from Preservation Virginia (Up to Half Off)

Preservation Virginia

Multiple Locations

Historic sites whisk visitors to the homes of patriots and politicians with architecture ranging from the 17th to 19th centuries

$16 $8

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$29 for Two-Hour Segway Tour with River City Segs ($59 Value)

River City Segs

Shockoe Bottom

Auto-balancing personal transporters whisk guests off on gliding tours of the Capitol, the Church Hill, or Public Arts, among others

$59 $29

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$25 for Entry to Richmond Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Saturday, August 23 ($55 Value)

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Capital Ale House

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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Historic City Trolley Tour for One, Two, or Four from RVA Historic Tours (Up to 53% Off)

RVA Historic Tours

Shockoe Slip

Two-hour trolley tours take guests through Richmond's historic sights

$35 $19

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60-Minute Segway Micro Tour of City Landmarks for One or Two from Segway of Richmond (54% Off)

Segway of Richmond

Shockoe Slip

Segway tours glide through River District, Shockoe Bottom, and retrace Lincoln's visit to Richmond nine days before his death

$50 $25

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Valentine Richmond History Center Outing for Two or Individual or Family Membership (Up to 51% Off)

Valentine Richmond History Center

Capitol District

More than 1.7 million objects & artifacts inspire guests to examine Richmond history & members enjoy discounts & special events

$16 $8

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One-Year Family Membership or Branch House Tour for Two at Virginia Center for Architecture (50% Off)

Virginia Center for Architecture

The Fan

Member receive benefits such as free admission; take an architectural tour of the Tudor-revival Branch House designed by John Russell Pope

$50 $25

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Richmond

A two-hour walking tour covers Richmond's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$50 $25

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$6 for a 40-Minute Canal Cruise for Two from Riverfront Canal Cruises (Up to $12 Value)

Riverfront Canal Cruises

Brown's Island

40-minute tour takes patrons gliding down James River and Kanawha Canal as guides tell tales from the past

$12 $6

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Having stood its ground against those who wanted to tear it down, Wilton House serves as a symbol of the Colonial American spirit in more ways than one. Built in 1753 as the main house on a 2,000-acre plantation, the structure serves as a steadfast example of Georgian architecture. It’s the home of more than 1,400 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century objects and artifacts, including documents signed by founding fathers and US presidents. Wilton even played host to the likes of Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, and George Washington’s white-wig-wearing foxhound. In addition to daily tours, the museum staff hosts events, such as lecture series, concerts, and seasonal exhibits.

215 S Wilton Rd
Richmond,
VA
US

Eerie Nights Ghost Tours aren't only eerie because they stop at historic, plausibly haunted Richmond locales on its walking and 1920s-themed trolley-ride tours. There's another creepy component?the guides. They look undead, thanks to their special-effects makeup and spooky costumes. They act it, too, showcasing their theater chops as they share their suspenseful supernatural stories about the city, like the time a local coffee shop passed off decaf as regular coffee.

100 North 17th Street
Richmond,
VA
US

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia tunes brain waves to more artistic frequencies with its exhibitions, artifacts, and art pieces all created by African Americans. Situated in an ornately adorned house built in the early 19th century, the museum features works by accomplished artists, such as the vibrant abstract art of Sam Gilliam, Harlem Renaissance murals by John Biggers, and P.H. Polk's iconic photography, as well as textiles and artifacts from various ethnic groups throughout Africa. Check the museum's calendar to align your schedule with ongoing events and rotating exhibitions.

0 E Clay St
Richmond,
VA
US

Founded in 1831, the same year chief justice John Marshall became its first president and former president James Madison its first honorary member, the Virginia Historical Society began amassing books, manuscripts, and historical objects to preserve the state's past. After moving its collections throughout the state during the Civil War, the society finally settled into the Lee House—the wartime home of General Robert E. Lee's family—in 1893 before moving to the Center of Virginia History in 1959.

The society showcases the state's heritage through long-term and temporary exhibitions such as The Story of Virginia, an American Experience, which contains artifacts from 16,000 years of Virginian history (from prehistory to the present) displayed in 10,000 square feet of galleries. Outside of its museum walls, Virginia Historical Society enlightens the public with educational programs and resources, publications, and rare nickels that caught Thomas Jefferson with his eyes closed.

428 N Boulevard
Richmond,
VA
US

The Virginia Center for Architecture resides in a house befitting its name. The museum is located in the Tudor-revival Branch House, an 11-story mansion complete with a chapel-like studio, long gallery, and vast library. Today, this 1919 home houses exhibitions on Virginia's livable communities, the ruins from the 1769 Menokin site, and a permanent exhibit on the Branch home itself and its architect, John Russell Pope, who also designed the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives Building.

2501 Monument Ave
Richmond,
VA
US