Civil War center tops new Richmond sites

RICHMOND, Va. -- This city can boast of several new attractions.
  • The National Park Service opened the Richmond Civil War Visitor Center in the historic Tredegar Iron Works building in June.
  • With three floors of exhibits, it provides an orientation to Richmond's Civil War battlefields and related historic sites and museums. The Web site is at

    The center replaces the Chimboraco Visitor Center, which the park service continues to operate as a Civil War hospital museum.

    Tredegar, the Confederacy's main armaments factory, is at one end of the James River/ Kanawha Canal Walk that opened in spring of last year. The canal walk is part of a 32-acre riverfront rejuvenation project that is attracting restaurants, businesses and visitors.

  • The Children's Museum of Richmond moved to a new site adjacent to the Science Museum of Virginia last April, expanding from 8,000 square feet to 42,000 square feet.
  • It features a range of interactive exhibits, providing kids such experiences as trying on eagle's wings, exploring a cave and wiggling through a digestive tract. The museums' Web site is at

  • Maymont, a 180-acre country estate, opened a high-tech Nature Center, featuring a 125-foot series of linked aquariums, a 3D model of the James River and a 20-foot waterfall.
  • The center also has orientation rooms, exhibits, an indoor cafe and a gift shop. The Web site is at

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden opened a 23,000-square-foot visitors center with a gift shop, meeting and dining facilities, gallery space for exhibits and an entrance for group tours.
  • Three acres of new gardens are being developed. The Web site is at

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