John 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. With the largest collection of original Marshall family pieces, guided tours of his home offer an in-depth look at the formation of American government through the lens of the federal judiciary.

Marshall had his home built in Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood in 1790 and lived there for forty-five years until his death. It is a Federal-style brick building that originally included several outbuildings, including his law office.

The home remained in the Marshall family until the Chief Justice’s granddaughters sold the land to the City of Richmond in 1907. When the City announced plans to demolish the house to build a high school, the leadership of Preservation Virginia protested. In 1911, the house was placed in the care of Preservation Virginia to be restored and opened to the public. The building was officially transferred to our in ownership in 2006.

For the health and safety of our guests, we’re taking the following precautions as part of re-opening:

Our pledge to you–

  • We will continuously clean bathroom fixtures, doorknobs and other highly touched surfaces multiple times throughout the day with a deep clean at the close of business.

  • All of our staff will wear masks and will be trained on appropriate cleaning, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

  • All of our staff will maintain physical distancing (6 feet) while conducting tours and collecting admissions. Where possible, we have placed reminders to help you maintain that distance.

  • Each day, all Preservation Virginia staff members will be required to pass a wellness check. Anyone that is sick or exhibiting systems will not be allowed to work that day.

  • Hand sanitizer will be located throughout the building for guest and staff use.

  • We will limit the size of groups to maintain physical distancing on interior tours.  Tour limits are as follows:

    • Groups are limited to six (6) people

  • Wherever possible doors will remain open to alleviate the necessity of touching.

  • Our guidelines do not supersede any directives issued by government entities and will be continuously evaluated and amended as we receive further guidance from the CDC and other agencies.

Your pledge to us–

  • You will practice the Virginia mandated physical distancing guidelines that have been put into place to protect you, our staff and other guests.  This includes maintaining 6 feet of distance and wearing masks are required for interior access, including the museum shop, shuttles and restroom facilities and are recommended outdoors.

  • You will register for tours online and in advance and use “no touch payment” when possible.

  • You will refrain from bringing food, water or other items on to the site. If you do, please “leave no trace” and take your trash with you to help protect others from possible exposure to infection.

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, feel sick or have a fever, please stay home, and we look forward to seeing you when you are well.

Address

818 East Marshall St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Hours

The John Marshall House is now open for interior tours, Friday through Sunday each week. You must select your tour time and purchase tickets online before arriving at the site. Social distancing must be maintained and masks are required for interior tours.

Preservation Virginia Members can call ahead to book their tours for free, a benefit of membership! Contact 804-648-7998.

The John Marshall House is typically open March through December

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Explore the home of the “Great Chief Justice.”

Plan your visit

Timed, Closed Group, Guided Tour

The John Marshall House is now open for interior tours, Friday through Sunday each week. You must select your tour time and purchase tickets online before arriving at the site. Social distancing must be maintained and masks are required for interior tours.

In a 45-minute tour guided by one of our trained interpreters, you’ll learn about the life and legacy of John Marshall. Engage with your guide and discuss Marshall’s impact on the federal judiciary and the ways those decisions influence us today.

Self-Guided Exhibit (Currently unavailable)

Walk through our Justice Gallery, a rotating exhibit space that brings current judicial topics to light through art.

Urban Garden Space

The historic Virginia flower gardens at the John Marshall House display plants found in the colonial gardens of Williamsburg and Yorktown that might have been maintained and enjoyed by the Marshall family.

Day Trip

Turn your visit into a day trip! We’re walking distance from several historic attractions in Richmond’s Court End neighborhood, including the Virginia State Capitol, the Library of Virginia and the Valentine. We also offer a block ticket to our historic site Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown in nearby Hanover County.

 

VISITOR INFO

Hours & Directions

The John Marshall House is typically open March through December

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join the campaign at savetherobe.com

Save the Robe

We’re partnering with the John Marshall Foundation to save John Marshall’s iconic black judicial robe.

Marshall started a trend when he chose to wear a simple black robe as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He wanted the judiciary to signal their impartiality and devotion to equality through their clothing choices and decided not to wear the bright red robes of the English judiciary and some of his contemporaries.

His surviving robe is deteriorating due to the dyes used to make it it’s iconic black shade and we need your help to restore it. Visit savetherobe.com to learn more and make a donation today!

Save the Robe

Admission

Pricing

Preservation Virginia MembersFree (Become a member)
General Admission$10
AAA, Senior (60+), Military Discount$9
Students$8
Children Under 6Free

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Contact

For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about JOHN MARSHALL

 

johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org
804-648-7998

Tours & Site Rental

The John Marshall house is a beautifully restored Federal-style brick building located conveniently in Downtown Richmond, Virginia. Make your event truly special with the John Marshall House’s unique blend of Virginia architecture, history and urban garden space.

Site Rental & Special Events

Meeting Space: Rent the John Marshall House, with space for up to 30 for your small group meetings and events.

Special Events: Rent our grounds for your special occasion, with space for up to 100 guests.

Group Tour Bookings

The John Marshall House is the perfect destination for groups interested in exploring the triumphs and complexities of Marshall’s personal and professional life. Our museum interpreters can create an immersive experience, just for you, that pulls back the curtain on one of America’s most influential Supreme Court Justices.

Group tours are available by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.

Contact

For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about JOHN MARSHALL

johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org
804-648-7998

Key Visitor Info

Location & Arrival

Metered street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A public parking lot is available 2 blocks away on 9th and Clay Streets.