Virginia historic figures dot the grounds. Also onsite is the historic Bell Tower, which houses a state welcome center and, at the other corner of the grounds, the Virginia Executive Mansion, where the governor's family lives.
The Capitol building is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Sundays 1 p.m.-5 p.m. You can tour on your own or with a guide.
The cemetery along the James River is named for its plentiful holly trees. But while the Hollywood Cemetery isn't a graveyard for famous actors, it has its own who's who from Virginia history. The cemetery opened in 1849 and has grown to more than 135 acres (55 hectares) with more than 80,000 people buried there, including Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler (who was William Henry Harrison's vice president and became president in 1841 after Harrison died), as well as Confederate President Jefferson Davis and numerous Virginia governors. The first battle casualty of the Civil War is buried there along with more than 18,000 Confederate soldiers interred beneath a 90-foot (28-meter) granite pyramid.
The cemetery is open daily with historic walking tours Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m., April through October.
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts houses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Highlights include Faberge objects, Art Nouveau and Art Deco collections, Asian and African art, and paintings ranging from French Impressionist to modern and contemporary American. With a recent expansion, the museum encompasses 640,000 interior square feet (59,000 square meters), and has a sculpture garden, casual dining area and restaurant.
The museum is open Saturday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The Virginia Historical Society is next door and offers free parking and admission.
This 100-acre (40-acre) estate was given to the Richmond community by James and Sallie Dooley, who lived there in a 33-room mansion from 1893 to 1925. The grounds feature elaborate Italian and Japanese gardens, an arboretum, butterfly trail and other smaller gardens that feature cactus, herbs and daffodils. A wildlife exhibit includes animals native to Virginia, such as black bears, bison, white-tailed