You made it to retirement, or you’re almost there. The kids are out of the house, the grandkids only visit occasionally. So what are you going to do with all of your free time? You can’t spend every day on the golf course or walking the mall. Well you can, but that could become monotonous.
Instead, why not keep your mind sharp and alert by visiting some of Richmond’s great museums. Large and small, free or with a nominal charge you can experience history, culture, art, science and more. Take a look at the venues listed below. Even better, many of these offer discounts and programs for seniors.
The Valentine Richmond History Center
1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1527
For more than a century, the Valentine Richmond History Center has been telling the story of the river city. Experience tours, special events and research opportunities right in the heart of Richmond’s historic downtown. The Richmond History Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. General admission for adults is $8. Admission for seniors 55+ is $7.
The Museum of the Confederacy Headquarters
1201 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
The Richmond Headquarters of the Museum of the Confederacy includes three floors of exhibitions as well as what was known as the White House of the Confederacy. The Museum has also expanded to an Appomattox location. Operating in Richmond since 1896, the Museum of the Confederacy tells the story of the confederate States of America.
The Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Seniors 62 and older receive a discounted admission. You can visit the Museum only, the White House only or a combination of the two.
Historic St. John’s Church
2401 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Historic St. John’s Church is the location of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech which fanned the flames of the American Revolution. Reenactments of this speech are held on Sundays from June until September. Other options include a tour of the Poe cemetery to see the graves of Edgar Allan Poe’s parents as well as Chief Justice John Marshall.
Seniors ages 62 and over receive a discounted admission. The discount increases for groups of 10 or more. St. John’s Church is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday.
4305 Sulgrave Road
Richmond, Virginia 23221
Agecroft Hall is an original manor house built in Lancashire, England sometime in the late 15th Century. It served for hundreds of years as the home of the Langley and Dauntesey families. But it fell into disrepair and was sold at auction in 1925. Thomas C. Williams of Richmond purchased the manor, had it dismantled and brought to Richmond where it was reassembled in Richmond’s Windsor Farms neighborhood. You can tour the house and the gardens and in the summer experience the Richmond Shakespeare Festival.
Admission includes an introductory film and guided tours. Seniors 65 and older receive a discounted admission.
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220-2057
The Science Museum of Richmond was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1970. The Museum houses a theater company, a 30 ton moveable kugel ball, a Foucault pendulum. The IMAX®Dome is the largest screen in Virginia. The museum presents hands on science education.
Seniors 60 and over receive discount admission to the exhibits as well as the IMAX Theater.
Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Chief Justice John Marshall was elected as the first president of the Virginia Historical Society when it was founded in 1831. Battle Abbey which houses the Virginia Historical Society was built by the Confederate Memorial Association as a shrine to the Confederate dead. Virginia House was completed just months before the stock market crash of 1929 and overlooks the James River.
The Virginia Historical Society is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission to the museum and research library is free. Seniors receive discount admission to the Virginia House.
The American Civil War Center at Tredegar
500 Tredegar Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is located on the James River and contains five buildings that survived the Iron Works era. The center was the nation’s first museum to present a full view of the Civil War focusing on both the Union and Confederate perspectives as well as that of African Americans.
The museum is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Seniors receive discounted admission.