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Address: 818 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23219-1917
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+1 804-648-7998
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Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Marshall is best known as the "Great Chief Justice" for his role...

Marshall is best known as the "Great Chief Justice" for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court. He served from 1801 until 1835 and his influential decisions such as Marbury v. Madison helped shape the principle of judicial review. Marshall was a true Founding Father, serving in local, state and national government as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the United States Government. He was also well known locally as a leading member of Richmond society and a gracious and jovial host.

The property remained in the Marshall family until 1911 when it was sold to the City of Richmond, but the house was saved from demolition by local preservationists. The John Marshall House has been a museum since 1913 and contains the largest collection of furnishings and memorabilia associated with the Marshall's family and career. Visitors to the site can enjoy a guided tour of the house including the remarkable collection of original furnishings, take a stroll through the colorful garden, visit the museum shop, or even try their hand at the game of quoits (John Marshall's favorite game).

The Marshall House is walking distance from the Virginia State Capitol, the Library of Virginia, and the Valentine Richmond History Center.

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An amazing historic place with so many connections every American ought to know!

I visited on a slow day in the winter with some other friends. We had the most wonderful tour--it could have gone on for another hour, and we'd still have been there! Out... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
yorktown virginia
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Harpswell, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house has a lot of the original furniture and artifacts from John Marshall. The tour provides a fair amount of legal history involving John Marshall. The site director's knowledge and enthusiasm is contagious. I think it will appeal most to lawyers and history buffs.

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yorktown virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I visited on a slow day in the winter with some other friends. We had the most wonderful tour--it could have gone on for another hour, and we'd still have been there! Out guide was so knowledgeable and charming--every room was made by her into a treat--and full of great historical information. We were a group that sucked that stuff... More 

Thank Yorkriver
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Built in 1790, this was the home of John Marshall, framer of the constitution, Secreatary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Closed Monday.

Thank Chinapjs
Middletown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This tour was so enjoyable because it was not rushed or crowded, and our guide was interesting and very informative. Prepare for a fascinating history lesson along the way! Recommend it as very worthwhile, and take the time to visit the John Wickham House/Valentine as a "companion" tour because these historic figures were contemporaries and friends, and it makes the... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I was lucky and got a one-on-one tour 1st thing in the morning. Lots of original Marshall furnishings and info about Marshall's family and career. Marshall was truly a founder of the nation, shaped the proper role of the court and even presided over the treason trial of Aaron Burr. Interesting house and interesting tour.

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Was a really nice your! Tour guide was sweet and knowledgeable! Answered all my 5 year olds questions !!! Would def recommend

1 Thank Nicole S
The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We stumbled upon this place during our recent visit to Richmond. We planned to visit all of the civil war museums and locations, but as we walked by we decided to go in on a whim. It turns out this was our favorite museum by far. Our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a thoroughly educational... More 

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Nyack, New York
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Of all the historical places I visited in Richmond, this was quite possibly my favorite, in large part because I'm a fan of John Marshall, really a towering figure in early American history even if not that well known. The house is terrific, the tour guide interesting, and the gift shop good.

Thank ErikSimon
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

We took the family here for a tour. The price was very reasonable (about $7,AAA discount). The house is beautiful, and with many original pieces inside. It is restored beautifully. Our docent was just wonderful, with many great stories as we went through downstairs and upstairs rooms. At one point on the tour they had us sit in Marshall's parlor... More 

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Reviewed 18 June 2016

I have always wanted to come but never found the time. The tour is about 45 min and tour guide (Judy I believe) was great. The talked about him, house specifics ( what was original, the architecture, etc) and the immediate area since it is in the middle of downtown, a lot of stuff was built around here. Keep in... More 

Thank Danielle R

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