Broad Street Station (now home to the Science Museum of Virginia) was designed by John Russell Pope. Pope’s other notable designs include the Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives and part of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (RF&P) select a design submitted by New York architect John Russell Pope for a new passenger station to be built in Richmond, VA.
The RF&P and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad announce that a new station will be built on a 50-acre tract on Broad Street. Plans feature an innovative rail yard and track system.
Ground is broken for Broad Street Station.
January 6, 1919
The first train pulls out from Broad Street Station at 1:07 pm.
April 22, 1943
A record 33,324 passengers arrive, depart or pass through Broad Street Station, the highest number in one day.
Lightning strikes and damages the station’s terra-cotta Rotunda dome, requiring it to be replaced with copper sheeting.
The RF&P’s passenger rail service ends. Amtrak takes over passenger train service to Richmond and throughout much of the country. Broad Street Station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
November 15, 1975
Amtrak moves all passenger train operations to a new station on Staples Mill Road. The last passenger train departs Broad Street Station at 4:58 am.
RF&P sells Broad Street Station to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Mills E. Godwin unveils the Science Museum of Virginia’s first permanent exhibit gallery, the Discovery Room.
The Museum completes the addition of the Dome theater, formerly known as the Ethyl IMAX®DOME & Planetarium.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources erects a marker to commemorate the station’s place in the history of the Commonwealth.
The Museum completes extensive exterior renovations, new interior spaces and a new exhibition.
Mary Morton Parsons Earth-Moon Sculpture “the Kugels” is dedicated. At the time, the 29-ton solid granite globe of the Earth Kugel was the Guinness World Record-holder.
The Museum opens 40 new interactive exhibits. Also unveiled were multipurpose galleries devoted to the history of Broad Street Station and Virginia’s prehistoric past.
The Museum restores the Rotunda’s original terrazzo floor and Tennessee pink marble wainscoting.
The Dome undergoes at $1.1 million renovation including new seats, carpeting and refurbishment of the screen.
The Museum launches the Inspire the World capital campaign to transform the Science Museum of Virginia’s galleries and programs.
The Museum opens its first new permanent gallery in over a decade, Boost!, a new approach to human physiology and the science of staying healthy.
The Dome reopens with an upgraded state-of-the-art digital full dome projection system and a new NanoSeam™ screen. The $2.2 million renovation unveils the Digistar 5 system with 3D capability.
Restoration to the Rotunda’s interior dome ceiling is completed. The newly resurfaced ceiling returns to its original grayish-blue hue.
The Museum opens a multi-faceted exploratory learning place for children five and under, LightPlace.
The Museum’s most ambitious gallery in its history, Speed, opens to the public. The Speed gallery features the SR-71 Blackbird, unveiling the intersection of motion and time across a world of science and technology.
The Museum opens the Dewey Gottwald Center, a sleek new structure that serves as a flexible venue for community events and blockbuster traveling exhibitions.
The Museum opens The Forge, its new permanent makerspace. The Forge harnesses the power of the maker movement, celebrates innovation and encourages guests to roll up their sleeves to create.
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