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Top 16 things to see and do in Virginia

  • Richmond, Virginia, USA, is home to the famous Museum of the Confederacy. This monument houses what was the White House of the Confederacy and contains a wide collection of manuscripts, photographs and artifacts depicting the American Civil War and the Confederate States of America.

    In 1896, it was opened as the Confederate Museum. It was founded by the society ladies of Richmond. Since then, it houses the largest collection of artifacts, memorabilia, personal effects and other items of important heroes of the USA like Robert E ...

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  • In 1970, the Science Museum of Virginia was begun. It was founded by the Virginia General Assembly and, over the years, has become the No. 1 center for teaching science hands-on here. In 1981, it opened a large aquarium and a year later, it expanded and introduced the world's largest ever crystal exhibition.

    It continued to come up with several world's firsts such as the exhibition of the Solar Challenger which was the world's first successful solar powered airplane in 1982 and 1983 and a planetarium ...

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  • Virginia, USA's first theatre, The Byrd Theatre, was opened on December 24, 1928 and was then known as Richmond's Movie Palace. It was named after the founder of Richmond, Virginia, William Byrd II, and is a cinema house in Carytown, near Richmond, though its original name was the State Theater.

    It was designed and executed by architect and contractor Fred Bishop in the French Empire period style. It cost builders Charles Somma and Walter Coulter $900,000 to build. It was built to accommodate 916 people in the orchestra seating area and balcony audience of 476 people ...

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  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is a prestigious art museum situated in Richmond, Virginia, United States. It opened in 1936 and is owned and managed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, while private sponsorships, donations, funds and endowments for specific programs and acquiring artwork.

    It first opened in 1919 on Judge John Barton Payne's donation of 50 paintings made to the Commonwealth of Virginia in collaboration with the then Virginia Governor John Garland Pollard ...

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  • The Torpedo Factory Art Center stands at the Old Town of Alexandria, Virginia State, United States of America. It is located at the waterfront of River Potomac and is proud to play host to 500,000 visitors annually.
    It houses the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, the studios of 82 artists, has six galleries and two workshops. It also has an Art League School. This museum was initially a torpedo factory and storage site for ammunition.

    Here, over 165 visual artists create artwork in ceramics, painting, stained glass, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fiber and jewelry ...

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  • Whether you are or aren't a conventional beach person, Virginia Beach beckons everyone who comes by here. It has over 18,600 acres devoted to state parks and wildlife areas and more than 121 miles of navigable waterways. It also has 35 miles of ocean and inlet beaches that provide visitors with several enchanting landscapes to explore the great outdoors.

    If you have an exploratory nature, you should check out Virginia Beach's salt water marsh habitats on its East Coast ...

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  • In Virginia State's James City County, you'll come across a very vibrant and fun theme park called Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It is located 5 km southeast of Williamsburg. It is themed around European history and culture and you can see this in many of its attractions.

    It was originally called Busch Gardens: The Old Country, because of the recurrent European theme but in the 1990s, it was renamed Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Once more in 2006, it was renamed Busch Gardens Europe, again with the motive of reflecting the European theme but in 2008, it reverted to its earlier name, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA branding ...

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  • Shenandoah National Park is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, U.S.A. It is a long and narrow national park and is flanked by the Shenandoah River flowing on the west and the hills of Virginia Piedmont on the east.

    About 40% of the land area has been marked as wilderness. The highest mountain peak here is Hawksbill Mountain at an altitude of 1,235 m. The park passes through eight neighboring counties - Warren, Rockingham, Page, Augusta, Madison, Rappahannock, Greene and Albemarle ...

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  • The Edgar Allan Poe Museum is situated in Richmond, Virginia, and is dedicated to the famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe, however, never lived in this building but it commemorates the time he lived in Richmond. This museum, in its original form, was built by Jacob Ege.

    The museum is significant because it houses one of the world's largest collections of his letters, original manuscripts, first editions, personal effects and memorabilia. It also gives visitors an overview of Richmond in the early 19th century where Poe lived and worked on his books ...

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    Monticello or Little Mountain in Italian is the personal estate of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. It is a 5000-acre plantation estate and has the distinction of being the only historic house in the United States to be on the list of the United Nations' World Heritage.

    This historic and cultural landmark is situated on the outskirts of Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It stands on the peak of a 260 meter-high mountain peak of the Southwest Mountains, south of the Rivanna Gap ...

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  • Overlooking the James River in Virginia, United States, Agecroft Hall is an estate built in typically Tudor style. It was originally built in Lancashire, UK, towards the end of the 15th century. It was the family home of the Langley and Dauntesey families of Lancashire which was auctioned in 1925. Thomas C. Williams, Jr. of Richmond bought it and had it shipped to the Atlantic and then assembled at a neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia, called Windsor Farms.

    Today, the recreated Agecroft Hall stands as a museum which exhibits 15th century lifestyle ...

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  • Near Lynchburg, Virginia, USA, there was a plantation and a plantation house that belonged to Thomas Jefferson, third President of the USA. It was called Poplar Forest and was his private retreat. He worked on this site from 1806 until he died in 1826. At first, he intended bequeathing it to his youngest daughter, Mary Jefferson Eppes, but since she died at age 26, he gifted it to her son, Francis W. Eppes.

    Though Jefferson was known as the architect of world-famous buildings like Monticello, the University of Virginia and the Virginia State Capitol, he designed Poplar Forest as a private getaway ...

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  • At the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains is the charming town of Staunton. Here, near the near Mary Baldwin College, you will find the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

    This museum was thrown open to the public in 1990. The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum includes the president's birthplace which was a Greek revival home of 1847. Behind the house are gardens, while the museum and a library building are in the mansion adjacent to the house ...

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  • The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville is a historic landmark here. It was built in 1931 and is the venue of several live art performances. It was opened to the public in 1931 and was touted as being one of the last of the lavish "movie palaces" of cinema's golden age. It has excellent acoustics and sight lines for which it has become an integral part of people's lives in Virginia.

    The theater's mission is to educate its patrons, apart from enlightening, enriching and enchanting them ...

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  • The Virginia Holocaust Museum is a museum in Virginia State that depicts the horrors of the Holocaust as its victims experienced it. It was co-founded by Al Rosenbaum, Holocaust survivor Jay M. Ipson and Mark Fetter in 1997. The museum was open to the public in 2003. In its first year, it welcomed more than 10,000 visitors mainly from the United States and from Asia, Europe and South America. A lot of school groups come here each year.

    The museum was built from the research and memories of the horrors of the genocide associated with Adolf Hitler ...

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