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Plan Your Visit

Our mission is to provide an intimate experience with the arts across generations and across the region to explore curiosity, creativity, and culture. To ensure you have the best experience please review the following information for our visitors.

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Visitors Information


Office Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm.
Please note the Perkinson Center is CLOSED on Mondays.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 11am-5pm

Please see our scheduled performances.

Health and Safety Procedures *Updated*

The Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education values the comfort and safety of our visitors, artists, staff members, and volunteers and has implemented a variety of health and safety precautions, which include the disinfecting of high touch surfaces throughout the center; limited class sizes; and offering socially distant seating options during seated events in our theater.

Starting on Sunday, March 27, 2022 the Perkinson Center will be updating its masking policy based on the current CDC COVID-19 Community Level Guidelines. While masking is recommended, it will be optional for patrons visiting the venue. It should be noted that the Perkinson Center reserves the right to assess and modify this policy at any time.

For patrons who have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for Covid-19, please stay home. Please contact the Perkinson Center Box office at 804-748-5555 with questions regarding your ticketing options.

Advisory: Additional COVID-19 Requirements for Specific Events

While masking is recommended in the venue for patrons, please be advised that some events may have additional requirements for patrons that go beyond the standing Perkinson Center policy at the request of the artist or promoter. Some of these additional requirements may include presenting proof of vaccination, proof of a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours, and masking while in the venue. For events that have additional requirements for patrons, information can be found on the event listing.

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Convenient on-site parking is available for free behind the Perkinson Center and at the Chester Library. There is also limited street parking available. Please be mindful of any signs indicating time limits or handicap accessibility.


ADA accessible Parking

The parking area offers 8 designated accessible parking spaces in the lot adjacent to the Center behind the Chester Library, available on a first come, first served basis. Entrance to the parking lot is available off Centre Street. A drop-off and loading zone is located adjacent to the parking lot, please do not use Centre Street as a loading zone.

The primary ADA accessible entrance to the Perkinson Center is located on the west side of the building, facing the parking area. Follow accessibility signage for entrance to the center. Ramps are available on the West side of the building from the accessibility drop-off/loading area.

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Approaching via Chesterfield

Take I-288 eastbound. Take the VA-145/Chester Rd exit and continue on Chester Road for 2.6 miles to VA-10 W/W Hundred Rd. Turn Right on W Hundred Rd and drive for 0.3 miles then turn right onto Centre Street just past Walgreens. The Perkinson Center is on the left after the Chester Library.

Approaching via Richmond

Take I-95 southbound. Take exit 61 B to merge onto VA-10 W/W Hundred Rd toward Chester. Drive 2.7 miles then turn right onto Centre Street just past Walgreens. The Perkinson Center is on the left after the Chester Library.

Approaching via Petersburg

Take I-95 northbound to exit 61 B. Merge onto VA-10 W/W Hundred Rd toward Chester. Drive 2.7 miles then turn right onto Centre Street just past Walgreens. The Perkinson Center is on the left after the Chester Library.

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Food and Beverage

The Perkinson Center concessions will be open to purchase beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages 1 hour before tickets events and during intermission. Light snacks may also be purchased here. Food and drink (including bottled water) are not allowed in the gallery.

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Backpacks & Coats

Please leave all backpacks and other large bags in your car. (Please note: All bags on center property may be subject to security inspection.)

To ensure the safety of the collection, the Perkinson Center does not allow visitors to bring the following items into the gallery or any area where art is on display:

  • Backpacks of any size including backpack-style purses

  • Luggage of any size, including small carry-ons

  • Umbrellas of any size

  • Roller-blades or skateboards

  • Bike helmets

  • Large child back carriers

Musical instruments are not permitted in the center (except those coming for sanctioned events/performances).

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Service or Emotional Support Animals

The Perkinson Center complies with all ADA requirements and accepts service animals* at the center as defined in the ADA 2020. Guests bringing in service animals may not take up additional seats unless a ticket has been purchased for the adjacent seat but may request accessible seating.

The Perkinson Center does not permit Emotional Support Animals (ESA)** on site. Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, are not considered service animals under the ADA.

*Types of Service Dogs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Guide Dog

  • Mobility Aid Dog

  • Seizure Alert Dog

  • PTSD Dog

  • Hearing Alert Dog

  • Diabetes Alert Dog

  • Migraine Alert Dog

  • Narcolepsy Alert Dog

  • Seizure Response Dog

  • Psychiatric Service Dog

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Questions Call or Email

If you have questions about these policies, please email with the subject line “Visitor Experience” at or by calling 804-748-5555 during regular hours of operation.

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