What to See in Richmond

Art galleries, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and historic Monument Avenue top local designer Amanda Nisbet's list of places to see in Richmond, Virginia
Amanda Nisbet looks at a large-scale modern painting at Reynolds Gallery, one of her favorite art galleries in Richmond, Virginea

Amanda Nisbet (left) at Reynolds Gallery

“I am thrilled with the art scene here (Richmond, Virginia)! I can find wonderful pieces without needing to go to New York, and the owners are passionate and knowledgeable.” — Amanda Nisbet

At Reynolds Gallery, Alice Livingston continues her mother’s mandate to support local artists, including graduates of Richmond’s Virginia Common­wealth University. She’s good to her artists and to her clients, which is important to me.

Page Bond Gallery, housed in a refur­bished garage, represents a wide range of contempo­rary art in many mediums.

Candela Books + Gallery showcases fine art photography, includ­ing locals—always something surprising going on there.

An art gallery visitor takes in Courtney Johnson photography exhibit at Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, Virgina

Candela Books + Gallery

After you’ve had enough of galleries, explore art of another stripe at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. At Christmas, they ­light up the whole place in a GardenFest of Lights.

A must for holiday sightseeing in Richmond: An evening view of the massive glass conservatory, with the grounds of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden decorated in holiday lights

Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Photo by Tom Hennessy

You’ll also want to drive down historic Monument Avenue to see the Christmas decor, or reserve a spot on the Holiday Glitter Walking Tour, hosted by The Valentine museum, a great place to learn about the city’s history.

The front entry of a historic home on Monument Avenue, in Richmond, Virginia, features a holiday garland over the arched doorway, and a wreath on each side of the double door.

Street scene on Monument Avenue

More of Amanda Nisbet’s Richmond

→ My Hometown at Christmas

Meet interior designer Amanda Nisbet, see her adopted city at its festive best, and find out where to stay when you visit Richmond

→ Best Shopping in Richmond

Home decor, flowers, and locally made goods and gifts

→ Where to Sip and Savor in Richmond

Coffee, cocktails, and restaurants for every occasion

Produced by Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography by Sarah Walor

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