Richmond is a city with a ton of history for military families to experience

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Richmond's Monument Avenue.

Milfams, you already know that the National Capitol Region gives you access to the ins and outs of our country’s history. That’s especially true if you’re at Quantico or Fort Meade. If you’ve run out things to do inside the Beltway, it’s time to stretch your wings. Fortunately for you, Richmond, Virginia, has a lot of history. In fact, the city is home to many historical sites and attractions that make it an ideal destination for your milfams.

From its beautiful state capitol building to its world-renowned Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, there are plenty of things to see and do. Whether you’re a history buff or an art lover, Richmond has something for everyone. 

Highlights of the Virginia State Capitol Building

The iconic State Capitol Building is a must-see for all mil fams when visiting Richmond. Modeled after the Maison Carrée temple in Nîmes, France, Thomas Jefferson himself designed part of the building. Guided tours are available, so be sure to plan if you want to explore all the nooks and crannies inside this historic building! Be sure to check out the Rotunda. It’s a two-story dome filled with statues dedicated to influential Virginians. History buffs will also want to check out the Old House Chamber. That’s where Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775.

Art for Military Families

For mil fams art lovers, no visit to Richmond would be complete without a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). This museum houses one of the largest Fabergé egg collections outside Russia. If impressionist work is more your speed, entire galleries are dedicated to Degas, Cézanne, and Renoir. It also has an impressive collection of African-, Indian- and Tibetan-art pieces that will transport you across oceans and continents with just one glance.

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Top: Downtown skyline above the falls of the James River Middle: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Jackson Ward, Monument Avenue. Bottom: Virginia State Capitol, Main Street Station.

Food Options

Of course, no mil fam trip is complete without a hearty lunch. The great news is that Richmond’s restaurant scene runs deep with options for every budget and taste preference imaginable. If you’re looking for a casual bite, there are no shortage of delicious spots around town. For something more upscale, try The Roosevelt for modern American fare or L’Opossum for contemporary French dishes served with quirkiness! 

Noshing aside, Richmond has a vibrant craft beer scene. There are tons of options all around town. If you’re traveling without little ones, consider a brewery tour. Speaking of beer, you might want to add The Greatest Beer Run Ever to your next movie night! It’s true story that’s almost too impossible to believe.

For mil fams, Richmond is full of surprises. Its historical sites provide insight into America’s past. At the same time, its museums celebrate global culture through artistry from all corners of the world. The vibrant restaurant scene with culinary offerings spanning all budgets and tastes easily rounds out the experience you and your military family will have.