Welcome to The Fan & Museum District
Walkable and lively communities with lots to see and do
Located west of Downtown, The Fan and Museum District are hip, sophisticated communities in Richmond. The Fan community features several fan-shaped streets extending west from Belvidere Street on the eastern edge of Monroe Park toward the Boulevard, while the Museum District is centered on the contiguous six-block museum enclave lined along the Boulevard's west side. Homes here are among the most sought-after properties by prospective residents, due to their excellent amenities and proximity to great schools. Despite the privacy and peace they offer, The Fan and Museum District are also home to numerous restaurants and shopping destinations.
What to Love
- Diverse architectural styles on display
- Unique shopping and restaurant options, with many locally-owned
- Top-rated schools
- Vibrant community spirit
With endless things to see, do, and experience, residents appreciate how lucky they are to live in The Fan and Museum District. Friendly and welcoming, these communities are ideal for residents of all ages, with many young families choosing to settle here. With gourmet markets, upscale eateries, bars, and coffee shops within walking distance, you’re sure to find locals catching up with friends over lattes or strolling grocery aisles for the best seasonal produce.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Can Can Brasserie serves Parisian-style steak frites in a classic bistro setting, complete with signature dark wood panels and classic tiling. This French brasserie and bakery is located in the eastern wing of Richmond's oldest operating shopping center, with a seating capacity of over 140 in the main dining room.
Step into The Franklin Inn, set in a historic building along Cleveland Street, for mouthwatering American fare. A favorite of arts and culture lovers, diners can sip fine whiskeys and craft beer in its cozy, casual atmosphere. Museum aficionados are sure to enjoy a meal at Amuse, set in the stunning Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Craft cocktails and Appalachian-inspired cuisine are on the menu here, as are stunning views into the museum’s Sculpture Garden and Atrium.
East of the Museum District lies Carytown, a gorgeous neighborhood providing alternative shopping and dining venues for The Fan and Museum District residents. It features several top restaurants serving everything from comfort food classics to Thai-influenced seafood.
Things to Do
Living up to its name, The Fan and Museum District offers endless opportunities for residents to explore art and culture. Alongside the Children’s Museum and the Science Museum, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is open year-round and home to a selection of new and ongoing exhibitions and events. The museum also features a sizeable collection of modern art, antiquities, and Asian art, including Faberge eggs. Virginia Museum of History & Culture, a 1913 neoclassical building, is a must-see — the museum is home to a world-class research library and an expansive selection of over nine million Virginia artifacts. The neighboring Carytown community also features other attractions and adventures, including many Bohemian-inspired exhibits and art galleries. Outdoor enthusiasts also have plenty to explore, including Federal Park, a vibrant green space featuring serene paved walkways, a playground for children, and several must-see historical landmarks.
The Fan and Museum District is served by the Richmond Public School District. Prime educational opportunities include:
Thomas Jefferson High School, 9-12
St. Catherine's School, PK, K-12
Alber Hill Middle School, 6-8
John B. Cary Elementary School, PK-5