The Museum District is as alive and picturesque as its neighboring community, The Fan, and may even have more awesome things to do with the abundance of museums, restaurants, and more. Located just to the west of the Boulevard and bounded by The Fan, Scott’s Addition, and the Downtown Expressway, the Museum District is conveniently located and offers a variety of housing options and price ranges. Let’s take a look at all you can walk to within the neighborhood, shall we?
Eating & Drinking
Amuse Restaurant & Best Café – These two spots inside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offer a posh retreat from everyday life in a classic, yet contemporary setting and a great selection of food and craft cocktails. The Best Café (named for the former Richmond-based Best Products, Inc.) has one of the best happy hours in Richmond every weeknight and even offers free live jazz Thursday nights.
Chiocca’s Deli – Chiocca’s is one of those Richmond mainstays that’s been around forever because of just how classic their fare is. This basement bar has been serving up sandwiches toasted to perfection and piled high with fresh deli meats for generations. Try the Sailor, Dagwood, or Reuben and you might not be eating for the rest of the day.
DECO Ristorante – Inside the walls of the beautiful art deco building that houses DECO Ristorante, you’ll find delicious house-made Italian fare like insalata caprese, zuppa di cozze and risotto del giorno. The restaurant offers a big selection of small plates great for sharing at happy hour, too!
Seeing & Doing
Virginia Historical Society – If you’re interested in learning more about Virginia’s rich history, the Virginia Historical Society is the place to do it. Along with permanent collections dedicated to telling the story of the Commonwealth and various artifacts from around Richmond and the state, you’ll find archive and research rooms where you can really get into the weeds if you’re interested in a particular subject as well as traveling exhibits that highlight various aspects of our past.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Perhaps one of the most well-appointed museums in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers an enormous collection of works across all mediums and subjects which you can view 365 days a year–free of charge. The museum also hosts special exhibits in the downstairs gallery area that have attracted the works of Dave Chihuly, Pablo Picasso, and many others (free to members; non-members can purchase tickets).