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History lovers will enjoy stopping at the American Historical Foundation Museum/US Marine Raider Museum, 1142 W Grace St., 804-353-1812, where they will find personal artifacts belonging to J E B Stuart and John S Mosby, and exhibits on the WWII Marine Raiders. This museum also holds the bragging rights to the largest collection of military knives and bayonets in the US.
You will also want to take time to tour the Historic Chesterfield Complex, Rt. 10 west of I-95, 804-751-4973. Here you can learn about the past at Magnolia Grange-an 1822s Federal period home, view a 1862 jail, and then tour the Chesterfield County Museum, with its exhibits on coal mining, Native American artifacts, 1611 English settlement life, and the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
For more information on the Civil War, visit the Museum & White House of the Confederacy, 1201 E Clay St., 804-649-1861. Touring this museum will give you a chance to view the largest collection of Civil War memorabilia in the world. The building which houses the museum, The White House, is where Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family lived during the War.
To tour a living history museum you'll want to drive out to Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, Mountain & Courtney Roads, Glen Allen, VA, 804-672-9496. Here you can tour a 1850s farmhouse, barn, dependencies, gardens, and see animals. Once you finish touring their exhibits, you can enjoy a nice walk on their nature trails.
You'll find more interesting history at the Valentine Riverside History Museum,1015 E Clay St., 804-649-0711. Situated at the site of the Tredegar Iron Works, here you'll find interactive displays, sound and light shows, children's activities, and even rafting excursions on the James River.
If you are traveling with kids between the ages of two and 12, herd them on over to the Richmond Children's Museum, 2626 W Broad St, 804-474-7000. Here they can just wear themselves out touching, exploring, and learning about the arts and humanities. You'll find more hands-on exhibits, but just not for kids, at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W Broad St., 804-367-6552. Here you'll find displays that feature science and technology along with an OMNIMAX film and planetarium.
If art is more to your liking than science, don't worry. You'll find happiness at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2800 Grove Ave, 804-340-1400. They feature a large collection of Faberge creations, including 5 Russian Imperial Easter eggs, along with Renaissance paintings, and art nouveau and art deco decorative arts.
To learn more about this area's rich cultural diversity, visit the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, on East Clay St., Jackson Ward, 804-780-9093; and the Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives, 1109 W Franklin St., 804-353-2668.
Would you like to learn more about some of Richmond's illustrious citizens? Then visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and Old Stone House, 1914 E Main, 804-648-5523; the Maggie Walker National Historic Site, 110 1/2 E Leigh St., 804-771-2017; and the Virginia E Randolph Museum, 2200 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA, 804-261-5029.
If you'd like more information on one of your relatives from Virginia then drop in at the Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad St., 804-692-3500, where you'll find extensive Virginia genealogy and historical material.
Does the sound of a train whistle bring a longing to your heart? Then don't leave town without visiting the Old Dominion Railroad Museum, 102 Hull St., call for hours, 804-233-6237. Here you'll enjoy old photos, and local artifacts as you tour a restored Railway Express Agency car.
Those of you more partial to winged things will want to drive over to the Virginia Aviation Museum, 5701 Huntsman Rd, 804-236-3622; where you can see vintage airplanes, navigation devices, and memorabilia.
If you'd rather be looking at gems, head to the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond, 804-289-8237. Here you'll be treated to one of American's best mineral collections of gems, jewels, fossils, and rare seashells
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