Activities and events

Register for and enjoy fun activities and events both on campus and in the Richmond community throughout the weekend. The Family Weekend schedule will be available electronically using your smart phone or device. Plan your experience by downloading the VCU RAM Guide from the Apple or Google Play app stores and searching for VCU Family Weekend. Personalize your schedule, browse events, view maps and stay up-to-date on the latest information from your phone, tablet or computer.

Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4

Check-in and Information Desk

Fri. 12-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; University Student Commons Virginia Rooms, 907 Floyd Ave.

Come check-in and receive your access pass to attend Family Weekend events.

 

Daily

Dine and Discover Richmond

Various Locations

Enjoy discounts at local Richmond restaurants by showing your Family Weekend pass.  A full list of participating restaurants will be provided at Family Weekend check-in.

Recreational Sports Open Facilities

Fri. 12 p.m. through Sun. 10 p.m. during open hours

Cary Street Gym and MCV Recreation Center are open all weekend to Family Weekend guests! Please note: you must be accompanied by your student to utilize these facilities.

Self-guided Library Tour

Fri. 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; James Branch Cabell Library

Pop in and visit James Branch Cabell Library; it’s open all weekend! Grab a treat from Starbucks then stop by the Information Desk to grab a handout for our self-guided library tour. Our helpful staff is happy to answer any questions you may have about the library or VCU. 

The Anderson Gallery

Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat./Sun. 12-5 p.m.; The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

The Anderson is an exhibition and program space for the VCUarts community. It supports experimentation, professional development and work across disciplines.

V.I.F. (Very Important Family) Discount at Barnes & Noble @ VCU

Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Barnes and Noble @ VCU

25% discount on a single item of VCU apparel during Family Weekend.

 

Friday, Nov. 3

Check-in and Information Desk

12-7 p.m., University Student Commons Virginia Rooms, 907 Floyd Ave.

Come check-in and receive your access pass to attend Family Weekend events.

Art Foundation Student Artwork Viewing

12-5 p.m., Bowe Street Parking Deck 5th Floor, 609 Bowe Street

Current Art Foundation student work will be displayed in the halls of Bowe Street on Friday. Please come and explore at your leisure.

Walk the Halls and See Our Work

12-4 p.m., Pollak Building 4th Floor, 325 N. Harrison St.

Current Interior Design student work will be on display in the Interior Design department. Stop by for a visit to see what our students are working on.

Azra Akšamija, “Mosque Manifesto”

12-9 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

Designer, Architectural Historian, and MIT faculty member Azra Akšamija presents an installation of her on-going project “Mosque Manifesto”, exploring creative forms of Islamic representation as a means of fostering better understanding between cultures (on view Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018.)

Discover, Connect and Engage with the Wilder School

2-4 p.m., University Student Commons Richmond Salons, 907 Floyd Ave.

Discover all of the opportunities available to Wilder School Students! Connect with Wilder School Student Organizations! Engage with Wilder School Faculty, Advisors, and Student Success Team!

School of Social Work Service Project

2-4 p.m., Academic Learning Commons Room 3100, 1000 Floyd Ave.

Join the School of Social Work and one of their community partners, Boys to Men, to complete a hands-on service project to support their mission. Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Virginia (BTMVA) offers young men a safe place where they can talk about what is really going on in their lives, as well as a community of mentors and peers who listen, believe in them and help them make better choices.

The Balfour Declaration Centennial: How a 1917 Proclamation Shaped Israel and Palestine

2-4 p.m., University Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave.

The Center for Judaic Studies, the Global Education Office, the Humanities Research Center, and the International Studies Program in the School of World Studies at VCU proudly present: The Balfour Declaration Centennial How a 1917 Proclamation Shaped Israel and Palestine This is a bold and courageous event that initiates a civil and timely discourse about an important and emotionally charged historical event that reverberates and impacts an entire region and peoples 100 years later!

Division of Student Affairs' Family Reception

3-5 p.m., University Student Commons Commonwealth Ballroom, 907 Floyd Ave.

Join the Division of Student Affairs for an afternoon reception full of food, fun, and music. Students and Families will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with staff members and leadership from all 14 departments within the Division of Student Affairs.

EPIC Conversation and Coffee with the School of Business

3:30–4:30 p.m., Snead Hall Room B1127, 301 W. Main St.

​Want to make the most out of your EPIC business experience? Come listen to real stories from current students,​ ​staff, and alumni. You'll hear about their journeys, and can ask questions while exploring the creative culture of the School of Business. You will ​have​ the opportunity​ to hear about the advantage of the VCU daVinci Center, ​International Consulting Program, Connect Mentoring Program, Internship Opportunities as well as the Alumni Perspective. ​Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

Registration required, ticketed event.

Residence Hall Tours

3:30-5:30 p.m., University Student Commons Commonwealth Ballroom, 907 Floyd Ave.

VCU Residential Life and Housing is hosting tours in some of the upperclassmen residence halls to show guests and students what options there are for staying on campus beyond their first year at VCU. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with resident assistants and hall directors in each building.  VCU Residential Life and housing staff will be on hand to answer any questions.  Tours will begin from the Division of Student Affairs Leadership event. Visitors may also drop by the designated residence halls to join a tour from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Honors College Continuing Student Information Session

4-5 p.m., Honors College Room 1303, 701 West Grace Street

Continuing students interested in joining the Honors College and their families are invited to attend this session to learn about the requirements, application process and deadlines.

ASPiRE Open House

4-6 p.m., West Grace South Room 1004 F&G, 835 W. Grace St.

Students and families are invited to learn about the Living-Learning Program and the many ways ASPiRE students make a difference on campus, in the community, and abroad! There will be presentations, residence hall room tours, and the opportunity to speak directly with current ASPiRE students. For more information, contact aspire@vcu.edu or call 827-1759.

Honors College Reception

5-6:30 p.m., Honors College, 701 W. Grace St.

For Honors College students and their families: enjoy a dessert reception featuring Pearl’s Cupcakes and an opportunity to mix and mingle with the Honors College faculty and staff!

Limited audience, invitation required.

Family Weekend Tailgate

5-7 p.m., Park Plaza behind Hibbs Hall, 900 Park Ave.

Join your Ram Family for a pre-game meal that is sure to satisfy! Receive some exciting VCU spirit gear and find out who has been named the VCU Family of the Year!

Registration required, ticketed event, $20 per person.

Opening Reception - Wafaa Bilal, "The Things I Could Tell..."

5-9 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

Iraqi-born, internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal presents an installation of his work “The Things i Could Tell…”, exploring the historical origins of chromotherapy during the Islamic Golden Age and its contemporary use in the treatment of trauma (on view Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018.) Join us for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artist.

Opening Reception - Juried Student Photography Exhibition: "Global Perspectives on Contemporary Muslim Life"

5-9 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

The Anderson is partnering with the VCU Muslim Student Association and VCUarts Qatar to present a juried exhibition of student photography exploring the challenges, richness, and diversity of the global Muslim experience (on view Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018.) Join us for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the student artists.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) Welcome Reception

4–6 p.m. in the University Student Commons Suite 215, 907 Floyd Ave.

Join the OMSA staff for live music, food, and fun! This is a great opportunity to mingle with your Ram family!

First Fridays: Art Walk

5-9 p.m. in the Richmond Arts District

The First Friday Art Walk happens in multiple locations and art galleries along Broad St. near VCU. The rough center of the action is Adams and Broad streets, but there will be events on Broad between Monroe and 7th streets, and off Broad on Grace, Franklin, Marshall, and Leigh.

First Fridays Art Sampler: Visual Arts Center of Richmond  

6-9 p.m., Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St.

Across the city, First Friday events attract throngs of art lovers. For Family Weekend, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond offers a special art event with a fun twist—instead of admiring art on a gallery wall, you’ll be making it. Choose from one of several featured events including: Fiber workshop (usually knitting or crocheting), Wheel throwing, Zines + Bookmaking, Enameling Metals, Handbuilding with Clay, Letterpress Printing and more!

Registration required, ticketed event, $10 per person.

VCU Men's Basketball Exhibition Game vs. Virginia Union University

7-9 p.m., Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St.

You don’t want to go to war with the Rams! Cheer on the Rams as they take on a local university.  

Registration required, ticketed event, $25 per person.

Movie Night: Despicable Me 3

7 p.m. in The University Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave.

Enjoy a movie and free popcorn! The event is sponsored by the Activities Programming Board.

Haunts of VCU Ghost Tours

Tours begin at 7 p.m. and are offered every 20 minutes until 9 p.m. Meet at the corner of N. Laurel St. and Cathedral Pl.

Located in the heart of Richmond's oldest and most haunted neighborhoods, Haunts of Richmond brings local ghost stories and legends to life. This special Haunts of VCU edition is an outdoor walking tour on and around campus. This event will happen rain or shine. Guests should dress comfortably for the weather on the day of their tour. Please use the restroom prior to beginning the tour. Tours run approximately every 20 minutes, please refer to your ticket for your designated start time.

Registration required, ticketed event, $9 per person.

InLight Richmond

7 p.m.-midnight, various venues along East Broad Street, the location of Richmond’s Arts and Culture District

Come join Richmond as we celebrate 1708 Gallery’s 10th annual InLight Richmond event featuring work by VCUarts students and faculty amongst national and regional artists. InLight Richmond is a FREE, public exhibition of light-based art. The event features performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, and kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. This public art exhibition offers Richmond the opportunity to engage with contemporary art outside the gallery walls and to experience the city in new and unexpected ways.

Movie Night: Beauty and the Beast

9:30 p.m., University Student Commons Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave.

Enjoy a movie and free popcorn! The event is sponsored by the Activities Programming Board.

 

Saturday, Nov. 4

Check-in and Information Desk

8 a.m.-5 p.m.; University Student Commons Virginia Rooms, 907 Floyd Ave.

Receive your access pass to attend Family Weekend events as well as any special tickets or apparel you’ve purchased.

Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk

8:30-10:30 a.m., University Student Commons Plaza, 907 Floyd Ave.

Participate in the inaugural Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk and help us raise some dollars for Rams in need. The course will take you through VCU’s unique campus and allow you to see some of the art and historic landmarks Richmond is famous for! The registration fee includes snacks, a t-shirt, official timing for the race and a charitable donation to the Ram Pantry which exists to address food insecurity by providing in-need VCU students with healthy, culturally appropriate, emergency food. The race will be held rain or shine.

Registration required, ticketed event; $25 per person.

Speak Love to Your Loved One: Coffee and Tea Chat

8:30-9:30 a.m., Academic Learning Commons Room 1102, 1000 Floyd Ave.

Open to all families who want to learn how to support a loved one (on or off campus) who may be struggling with substance use. Grab some resources while your student sleeps! Linda Hancock, FNP, PhD, Director of the Wellness Resource Center, Barbara Burke, LCSW, & Tom Bannard, Program Coordinator Rams in Recovery.

Registration appreciated but not required.

RamTech Open House

9 a.m.-2 p.m., RamTech, 930 W. Grace St.

VCU students, faculty/staff and families are invited to come visit VCU’s on-campus technology store, RamTech, to check out the newest tech gear from Apple, Dell and many other accessory companies such as Beats and GoPro.

Coffee and Tea Recovery Ally Chat

10-11 a.m., Academic Learning Commons Room 1102, 1000 Floyd Ave.

Open to families who want to learn more about recovery resources, and how to become a better recovery ally. Linda Hancock, FNP, Ph.D., Director of the Wellness Resource Center, Barbara Burke, LCSW, and Tom Bannard, Program Coordinator Rams in Recovery. 

Registration appreciated but not required.

Learn About Engineering Co-op Programs

10-11 a.m., Engineering West Hall Room 104, 601 W. Main St.

Join Engineering Career Services to learn about the Co-op Programs. These opportunities open doors and build experience while you are still in school. Refreshments will be served.

Limited audience, invitation required.

Paint in the Plaza

10 a.m.-12 p.m. at University Student Commons Plaza, 907 Floyd Ave.

Join current and former VCU Arts students in the Commons Plaza and create a piece of art for you to take home with you. Two artists will walk you through painting your masterpiece using step-by-step instructions. There will be one piece for younger audiences and a different piece for a more seasoned crowd. All materials needed are included with the registration fee.

Registration required, ticketed event; $20 per person, 50 people maximum.

Blowout Brunch and Cider Sampling

10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Market 810 Dining Hall, 810 Cathedral Pl.

Enjoy a delicious brunch prepared in the dining hall on campus. All are welcome and may pay at the door for admission. VCU students with a meal plan may swipe for entry.

City of Richmond Bus Tours

11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Come and see the best of Richmond! Families can meet at the Floyd Street entrance of the University Student Commons for an hour-long tour of Downtown Richmond, MCV Campus, historic Monument Avenue and quaint Carytown.

Registration required, ticketed event; $10 per person, 60 people per bus tour.

Beyond Orientation Parent Course Meet and Greet

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Academic Learning Commons Room 1102, 1000 Floyd Ave.

This is an opportunity for course participants to meet each other and their course leaders.

Limited audience, invitation required. 

Richmond Highlights Bicycle Tour

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Meet at 417 W. Broad St.

Explore the neighborhoods that make up Richmond’s urban core. From beautiful architecture to fascinating stories about Richmond’s past, this two-hour bike tour with Richmond Rides will take you on an adventure through the heart of the city.

Registration required, ticketed event; $25 per person, 30 people maximum.

Mini Medical Family Day featuring Rodney the Ram

11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Larrick Student Center

Join us and bring your families to a big event filled with mini medical fun! You will have the opportunity to engage with physicians to help reduce anxiety during doctor visits, participate in health screenings, and enjoy health related activity stations for all ages. Healthy snacks and giveaways will be provided. Rodney the Ram and other special guests will be there to greet you, too! This event is free and open to the public. Parents must remain with their children at all times.

Registration required, ticketed event.

Career Services Open House

11 a.m.–2 p.m., Unviersity Student Commons Career Center Room 103, 907 Floyd Ave.

Learn about free career resources and services for students including; career exploration, resume development, interviewing strategies, and how to use networking to find internships and jobs.

Brunch for Rams in Recovery Family Members

11:30 a.m., Recovery Clubhouse, 815 S. Cathedral Pl. 

Join us for a meal and get to know students, other parents, and the Rams in Recovery Advisory Board.  

Registration appreciated but not required.

Orientation Leader Family Cookout

12-1:30 p.m., Park Plaza, 900 Park Avenue

Did your student serve as an Orientation Leader in the summer of 2017? Come and meet your student’s second familytheir NSO family! Lunch will be provided.

VCU Globe Living-Learning Program Open House

12-2 p.m., West Grace North Residence Hall, 830 W. Grace St.

Meet the VCU Globe staff and to receive a more detailed overview of our globally-focused living-learning program. You will also have the chance to talk with some of the students who are already participating in VCU Globe to learn about their experiences and to tour the residence hall in which VCU Globe is housed. Building tours will take place every 10 minutes. Light refreshments will be provided.

Azra Akšamija, “Mosque Manifesto”

12-5 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

Designer, Architectural Historian, and MIT faculty member Azra Akšamija presents an installation of her on-going project “Mosque Manifesto”, exploring creative forms of Islamic representation as a means of fostering better understanding between cultures (on view Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018.) 

Wafaa Bilal, "The Things I Could Tell..."

12-5 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

Iraqi-born, internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal presents an installation of his work “The Things i Could Tell…”, exploring the historical origins of chromotherapy during the Islamic Golden Age and its contemporary use in the treatment of trauma (on view Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018.)

Juried Student Photography Exhibition: "Global Perspectives on Contemporary Muslim Life"

12-5 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

The Anderson is partnering with the VCU Muslim Student Association and VCUarts Qatar to present a juried exhibition of student photography exploring the challenges, richness, and diversity of the global Muslim experience (on view Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018.)

The Money Spot Presents “Let’s Be Financially Woke!”: A Financial Workshop for Students and Families

2-3 p.m., Location TBD

Many students come to college with big dreams and big goals, but without a strong grasp and understanding of money and money habits, they may fall short of those dreams and goals. Come to this student-led session that encourages students and families to feel more comfortable talking about money so those dreams and goals will still be attainable.

Study Abroad 101 with VCU Global Education Office

2-3 p.m., West Grace North Residence Hall Room 1030C/CA, 830 W. Grace St.

Meet the VCU Education Abroad staff to find out information about how you can study abroad at VCU and the resources available to help you get there. You will have the chance to talk with students who have studied abroad to learn about their experiences. There will also be a tour of the Global Education office, where advising takes place.

Richmond Highlights Bicycle Tour

2-4 p.m., Meet at 417 W. Broad St.

Explore the neighborhoods that make up Richmond’s urban core. From beautiful architecture to fascinating stories about Richmond’s past, this two hour bike tour with Richmond Rides will take you on an adventure through the heart of the city.

Registration required, ticketed event; $25 per person, 30 people maximum.

Rumble in the Jungle

4-6 p.m., University Student Commonwealth Ballroom, 907 Floyd Ave.

Come pet exotic animals, take pictures, and earn free giveaways with your family! Sponsored by the Activities Programming Board.

Richmond Highlights Bicycle Tour

4:30-6:30 p.m., Meet at 417 W. Broad St.

Explore the neighborhoods that make up Richmond’s urban core. From beautiful architecture to fascinating stories about Richmond’s past, this two hour bike tour with Richmond Rides will take you on an adventure through the heart of the city.

Registration required, ticketed event; $25 per person, 30 people maximum.

Fall Block Step Show

7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.), Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St.

This event showcases the tremendous stepping ability of the NPHC chapter members here at VCU and is also an illustration of dedication. Thirty-two years later, the Fall Block Step Show is the largest and most visible fraternity and sorority event on campus.

Movie Night: Beauty and the Beast

7 pm. University Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave.

Enjoy a movie and free popcorn! The event is sponsored by the Activities Programming Board.

Haunts of VCU Ghost Tours

Tours begin at 7 p.m. and are offered every 20 minutes until 9 p.m. Meet at the corner of N. Laurel St. and Cathedral Pl.

Located in the heart of Richmond's oldest and most haunted neighborhoods, Haunts of Richmond brings local ghost stories and legends to life. This special Haunts of VCU edition is an outdoor walking tour on and around campus. This event will happen rain or shine. Guests should dress comfortably for the weather on the day of their tour. Please use the restroom prior to beginning the tour.

Registration required, ticketed event; $10 per person, 100 people maximum.

Movie Night: Despicable Me 3

9:30 p.m., University Student Commons Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave.

Enjoy a movie and free popcorn! The event is sponsored by the Activities Programming Board.

Sunday, Nov. 5

First-Year Parent and Family Brunch

Seating beginning at 8:30 a.m., every 30 minutes through 10:30 a.m., Market 810 in the Shafer Dining Center, 810 Cathedral Pl.

Join us for the annual First-year Parent and Family Brunch. This event is reserved only for new, first-year students and their families and will feature a plethora of yummy brunch options!

Registration required, ticketed event; $15 per person.

Azra Akšamija, “Mosque Manifesto”

12-5 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

Designer, Architectural Historian, and MIT faculty member Azra Akšamija presents an installation of her on-going project “Mosque Manifesto”, exploring creative forms of Islamic representation as a means of fostering better understanding between cultures (on view Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018.)

Wafaa Bilal, "The Things I Could Tell..."

12-5 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

Iraqi-born, internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal presents an installation of his work “The Things i Could Tell…”, exploring the historical origins of chromotherapy during the Islamic Golden Age and its contemporary use in the treatment of trauma (on view Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018.)

Juried Student Photography Exhibition: "Global Perspectives on Contemporary Muslim Life"

12-5 p.m., The Anderson, 907-½ W. Franklin St.

The Anderson is partnering with the VCU Muslim Student Association and VCUarts Qatar to present a juried exhibition of student photography exploring the challenges, richness, and diversity of the global Muslim experience (on view Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018.)

RECtacular Spectacular

12-3 p.m., Cary Street Field, 1106 W. Cary St.

Join us as we usher out Family Weekend and welcome in Homecoming with kickball games, refreshments, music, tailgate games, face painting and more! This is the first opportunity to score awesome Homecoming swag to use for the rest of the week!

 

Explore RVA On Your Own

Explore RVA on your own with some of these amazing Richmond landmarks. Many of these events offer free general admission, but may require a fee for special exhibits or tours.

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA

Open Thurs.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Visit the VMFA while you’re here for Family Weekend. General Admission to museum and access to permanent collections is FREE. Tickets to special exhibitions are available for an extra fee on site. For a current list of exhibitions, visit: https://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/at-the-museum/. Free street parking is available or you may park in the Parking Deck for $5.

 

Maymont Gardens

Visitor Center located at 2201 Shields Lake Dr., Richmond, VA

Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

A first visit to Maymont is best started at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center—Maymont’s front door—but a history lover will soon find a path to the 1893 Maymont Mansion, while a plant lover will find the elaborate Japanese and Italian gardens. And animal lovers will delight in the Nature Center, Wildlife Exhibits and Maymont Farm. Seekers of solitude will select the perfect spot under a stately elm or beside a babbling brook.

Free Admission to the Grounds and Gardens. $5 suggested donation to enter Maymont Farm and Wildlife Exhibits.

For more information on other exhibits and pricing, visit: https://maymont.org/visit/.

 

Hollywood Cemetery

412 S. Cherry St., Richmond, VA

Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hollywood Cemetery, a national treasure located in Richmond, Va., is open to the public from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Whether you're enjoying a walk through the winding paths, visiting the grave of a loved one or participating in an organized tour, this spectacular outdoor museum has plenty of stories to tell. Admission to the Cemetery is free. Guided tours are available daily at 10 a.m. for $15 per person. For more information on tour options, visit https://www.hollywoodcemetery.org/visit/tour-options.

 

The Valentine Museum

1015 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA

Open Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Valentine is located in the historic Court End neighborhood in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Anchored by the 1812 John Wickham House, the museum offers self-guided exhibition galleries, the Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio, a research library, a museum store and cafe (Monday – Friday only; indoor and outdoor seating). Additionally, the Valentine First Freedom Center is located at the corner of South 14th & Cary streets, featuring a permanent exhibition and store. For more information, visit https://thevalentine.org/visit/.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and free for children under 18.

 

Virginia State Capitol

Visitor Center: 1000 Bank St., Richmond, VA

Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Virginia State Capitol houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere. The Capitol was conceived of by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau in France, completed in 1788 and is 226 years old as of 2016, the current Capitol is the eighth built to serve as Virginia's state house.

Free admission.

 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, Virginia

Open Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty on an historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens, dining and shopping. A classical domed Conservatory is the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic. More than a dozen themed gardens include a Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Asian Valley and Cherry Tree Walk.

Admission $13 per person.

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