Carytown/Fan/museum district

The Mural Walk

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Start in the heart of Carytown before a fanciful landscape. Head east by a giant, dancing skeleton, then by contorted and entangled human forms. Begin your return at a flowing Minotaur. On to social commentary on an historical figure, to a chubby flying man, a lion-skin wearing shaman, a pair of explorers, a prancing pig, an upside-down woman in blue, and other unforgettable images.  It's a short journey of around 3 miles that takes about 1-1/2 hours, returning to the fun and tony shopping district of Carytown.

The Neighborhoods

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Carytown is Richmond's best known urban retail district, with a hip character, numerous trendy shops and eateries, and the Byrd Theatre, a restored 1928 cinema. The Fan District showcases Edwardian, Colonial Revival, and American Craftsman architecture and includes Richmond's best known thoroughfare, Monument Ave. Also known as West of the Boulevard, the Museum District borders Carytown to the north and includes the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

Parking

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The Carytown/Fan/Museum District mural walk starts at the corner of S Sheppard St and W Cary St a half block from the Byrd Theatre and directly across S Sheppard from a huge Chris Milk mural on the side of the Capital One Café at 2933 W Cary St. Spots can often be found on the right side of S Sheppard St heading south away from W Cary St. The closest public parking is the City Parking Deck 1-1/2 blocks away at 18 S Colonial Ave between W. Cary St. and Ellwood Ave. Carytown is busy on weekends. Allow time to find parking.