The Museum District is a district in Richmond, Virginia. In 1993, after many years of work this neighborhood was recognized as a Federal and State Historic District. This district consists of early 20th century housing, and it is home to many of Virginia's great museums. The district is located west of the Boulevard, between Cary Street and Broad Street. In 1995 the first Home and Garden tour was held, with many houses displaying beautiful landscapes.
"Carytown" is the strip of Cary St. between Thompson and Boulevard. Carytown offers top rated restaurants and shops that are easily pedestrian accessible.
By busGRTC Phone: +1 804 358-4782. Buses run every 25 minutes and the fare is $1.50.
By carThere are several public parking decks in the area, most being near the Shopping District on W Cary Street. Outside of these lots parking is very limited and for the most part parallel street side lots. Some businesses have large parking lots, however be cautious when parking at these. Many of these buineses, especially those near W Cary St. have strictly enforced towing policies for those that are not decaled or shopping at that store.
By footThe area is very pedestrian friendly so parking several blocks away in one of the public lots or at an establishment that doesn't tow and then walking to your destination tends to be the best option.
The Richmond Street DrummersLocal teenagers, group of 1 - 6 boys, jamming on trash can style drum kit. If you see them you know you are in a happening place. Be sure to show them support.
MuseumsMany of Virginia's most famous museums are located in this district (hence the name).
address: 4305 Sulgrave RoadA Tudor estate built in the late 15th century
phone: +1 804 864-1400address: 2500 West Broad StreetThe center for premier hands on science education in Virginia.
Folk Art Society of AmericaA dynamic, non-profit organization which advocates the discovery, study, documentation, preservation and exhibition of folk art, folk artists and folk art environments.
phone: +1 804 340-1400address: 200 N BlvdThe VMFA is one of the first museums in the southern part of the United States, funded by a state. It often features exhibitions. Some of the past exhibits include: Realist and American Impressionist paintings from the McGlothlin Collection, furniture of the Old South and masterpieces of American silver.
phone: +1 804-474-7000address: 2626 W Broad StreetA not-for-profit organization, exists to create innovative learning experiences for all children and those who support them that inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.
Byrd TheatreHIstoric Richmond Theatre, showing movies at $1.99. Go there on Saturday nights to hear The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ played by the brilliant Bob Gulledge prior to the movie.
address: 2631 West Cary StreetA self-described "hippie bar" in the heart of Carytown, the Cary Street Cafe features local and touring jam bands, reggae, bluegrass, indie rock and weekly jam-sessions.
For the Love of Chocolatephone: +1 804 359-5645address: 3136 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221For the Love of Chocolate is a confectionary shop located at the center of W. Cary St. Shopping District. If you are traveling internationally to the US For the Love of Chocolate is a gret place to get a piece of candy if you're feeling homesick as they stock a large selection of international items. Alternatively you can try some of the bon bon, fudge, and other chocolate treats made in house.
phone: +1 804 422-8066address: 2913 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221Offering an interesting selection of new and used books.
phone: +1 804 358-2357address: 3118 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
phone: +1 804 355-4383address: 3100 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221A unique collection of vintage pieces. As a Richmond based boutique we incorporate the culture and style of the city into our mix and attitude.
Chiocca'saddress: 425 N Belmont AveIf you have a little cash to spend, and enjoy a dark atmosphere filled with locals, this is the place for you. Delicious deli sandwiches that are worth the wait.
phone: +1 804 359-7525address: 4 N Thompson St, Richmond, VA 23221Carytown's Own natural food market. Check out their hot bar for quick meals!
Galaxy Dineraddress: 309 W. Cary StLocated in the heart of Carytown, it's a throwback to the 50s with a funky Richmond twist. The theme is "B SciFi", but the food is "A-", that is, not great, but pretty good for the price. Burgers, shakes, and fries of course, but also some good veggie offerings (my favorite is the Portabella Burger) and their unique fried pickle. A fun place for the family, and convenient to the eclectic Carytown shopping district.
Sundazeaddress: 4000 Cutshaw AveGreat real butter cream ice cream, and the prices are not to bad either!
phone: +1 804 358-3354address: 2920 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221Huge selection of draft beer with a good lively atmosphere.
phone: +1 804 353-2717address: 3101 W Franklin StLuxury 4 room bed and breakfast overlooking Monument Avenue. Within walking distance to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, restaurants, and the Carytown shopping district.
phone: +1 804 359-2332address: 2811 Grove AveThis bed and breakfast hotel built in 1922 includes rooms with dark oak floors and cozy yellow walls and period architectural details. It is located across the street from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.