Monday, July 23, 2012

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
00 Clay Street Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 780-9093; www.blackhistorymuseum.org

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is currently operating under new hours. This is all part of a campaign for the museum to raise 8 million for its preservation, relocation and expansion to the Leigh Street Armory in Richmond’s Historic Jackson Ward.

The Leigh Street Armory (or the First Battalion Virginia Volunteer Armory as it was know upon its completion) was built in 1895 and is the oldest armory structure in existence in Virginia.


The museum seeks to become a permanent repository for visual, oral and written records and artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of Blacks in Virginia.

One of the many resources that the museum offers is the Black History Archive Program.
A program of major significance due to the scarcity of written records of the Black experience, for this program the museum collects documents, prints, arts, limited editions and photographs.

The new hours for the museum took effect on July 5, 2012 and during the renovation, the Black History Museum will continue to operate at 00 Clay Street, Richmond, Virginia. The hours are Tuesday to Thursday for tours for groups of 15 or more and the museum asks that you make a reservation in advance. Friday and Saturday, the museum is open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum will remain closed on Sunday and Monday and for major holidays.

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