Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

Where History, Culture and Cuisine Meet!


The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia is a perfect backdrop for your next event. Our museum boasts a modern interior that is inviting, spacious, and perfectly connects past and future. A café area with an original Woolworth’s sign is reminiscent to the downtown counter where students held a sit-in against segregation. 

The first floor galleries feature digitally enhanced permanent exhibitions exploring critical stories and artifacts detailing Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Desegregation, Massive Resistance, and Civil Rights eras. A 35-foot multi-paneled touch screen offers a timeline of significant dates and activities. The lower level also contains interactive children’s exhibitions in nooks that are both educational and fun like the simulated speedway with Wendell Scott, the first Black winner of a Nascar race. 

In the midst of historic interactives there are two prominent contemporary pieces — 13 foot likeness of Virginia native Arthur Ashe commanding attention as the model for a Monument Avenue statue by Paul DiPasquale. This 600-pound figure commemorates the only Black male tennis player to win singles at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. Second, the floor to ceiling abstract sculptural interpretation of Hampton University’s Emancipation Oak pays tribute to the site of the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. The second floor galleries are reserved for nationally traveling exhibitions as well as exhibitions by local artists and community organizations.

Indoor Items


Black - banquet folding chairs


Brown - conference stackable chairs


5’ round tables  


6’ rectangular tables 


5’ rectangular tables




Café Tables


  • Street Parking
  • Parking Lots  
    • Richmond Alternative School located at 119 West Leigh Street  
    • Ebenezer Baptist Church located at 216 West Leigh Street 

Perfect Venue for your Curated Events

Partner with the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia and host your event curated and coordinated by Events on Leigh. From celebrating a 40-year football classic to a 5-star fine dining affair, we can make your experience extraordinaire. Leave the details to us!   

Why book with us

OUR EXPERIENCED TEAM will work with you to ensure your special day is seamlessly executed. You and your guests can experience the full footprint of what both locations have to offer through exhibitions and displays highlighting Virginia’s history. Whether it’s an executive leadership retreat, offsite corporate meeting, wedding reception or other celebratory event, both BHMVA and The Valentine are just the place.