Virginia Holocaust Museum

Core exhibition

Located on the first floor of the museum, the core exhibits narrate the history of the Holocaust. As visitors progress through these exhibits—and chronologically through the events of the Holocaust—they are presented with a glimpse into the systematic destruction of European Jewry. 300 artifacts and the testimonies of local Holocaust survivors expand upon this history, representing the tangible and personal realities of this event.

German Güterwagen

In 2004, the VHM acquired an authentic “goods wagon,” or freight car, used during the Third ReichAlexander Lebenstein, a local Holocaust survivor, worked with the museum to bring this important artifact to Richmond. Visitors have the opportunity to enter the artifact and imagine the conditions experienced by the people transported in this type of rail car.

Ipson Saga

At the center of the VHM’s core exhibits is the story of a single family, the Ipsons. The Ipson Saga exhibition shares the experience of a family of local Holocaust survivors whose confinement in the Kovno Ghetto and harried escape to a farm in the Lithuanian countryside highlight the constant dangers Jews faced during the Holocaust.

Nuremberg Courtroom

Defendants in the dock at the Nuremberg Trials

The Nuremberg Trials were the first international trials of major Nazi war criminals. As such, they served as a major source of documents and testimony for early Holocaust scholarship. The Nuremberg Courtroom exhibit gives visitors the chance to see a full recreation of Room 600 at the Palace of Justice, used during the International Military Tribunals, and to experience the gravity of the trials. The Nuremberg Courtroom exhibit was opened to the public by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine during a ceremony in April 2008.


Location: 2000 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23223

Quakers Richmond, VA

The Religious Society of Friends began as a movement in England in the mid-17th century in Lancashire. Members are informally known as Quakers, as they were said “to tremble in the way of the Lord”. The movement in its early days faced strong opposition and persecution, but it continued to expand across the British Isles and then in the Americas and Africa.

The Quakers, though few in numbers, have been influential in the history of reform. The colony of Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn in 1682, as a safe place for Quakers to live and practice their faith. Quakers have been a significant part of the movements for the abolition of slavery, to promote equal rights for women, and peace. They have also promoted education and the humane treatment of prisoners and the mentally ill, through the founding or reforming of various institutions. Quaker entrepreneurs played a central role in forging the Industrial Revolution, especially in England and Pennsylvania.


Famous Quakers:

  • JAMES DEAN. Sent off to be raised by his father’s sister in Fairmont, Indiana, James Dean was raised Quaker. …

Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Poe

January 19, 1809

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.1849 "Annie" daguerreotype of Poe
Died October 7, 1849 (aged 40)

Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.October 7, 1849 (aged 40)

Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Spouse: Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe(m. 1836; d. 1847)

Edgar Allan Poe (/p/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story.Source:

Favorite Quotes:
“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.”
“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”
“The best things in life make you sweaty.”
“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”

Author of
The Raven
The Tell-tale Heart
The Black Cat and Other Stories
The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

Location: 1914 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223

The Markel Building Richmond, VA

Ranked as one of the least appealing buildings in America is in Richmond Va.

Commissioned to design a headquarters location for The Markel Corporation in 1962, Jamgochian’s vision was a round, shiny, mammoth of a building. A potato may have been the original spark of inspiration for the design, but in the 60s, futuristic space aesthetic was a common trend in architecture as well as just about everything else. Calling it “The Potato Building” is snarky fun, but probably not completely warranted.

In 2009, Digital Journal declared the Markel Building to be one of “The World’s 10 Ugliest Buildings.”


Location: 5310 Markel Rd, Richmond, VA 23230