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.
The Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education is currently closed to the public. Join our mailing list for updates about our upcoming opening.
The center is closed on the following Holidays:
New Year’s Day
Safety & Health Procedures
The Perkinson Center has implemented a variety of health and safety precautions for our visitors, staff, members and volunteers.
How The Perkinson Center Is keeping You Safe:
Reduced capacity and physical distancing indicators throughout the center.
Increased disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.
Please check your temperature before coming to the center; if you have a fever, please stay home.
All staff and visitors required to wear face masks (worn over nose and mouth).
Hand sanitizer stations installed throughout the center.
Pre-purchase your event tickets online, available soon.
Touch-free payment + credit card only (no cash handling) to minimize contact.
Masks are required for entry and available for purchase.
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.
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.
Food and Beverage
The Perkinson Center concessions will be open (pending ABC license) to purchase beer, wine, spirits, 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.
The Perkinson Center followers international standards for gallery climate: 68-72° F (20-22° C), with approximately 50% humidity. Please plan your attire accordingly.
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
Large child back carriers
Musical instruments are not permitted in the center (except those coming for sanctioned events/performances).
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.
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:
Types of Emotional Support Animals may include, but are not limited to:
Mobility Aid Dog
Seizure Alert Dog
Hearing Alert Dog
Diabetes Alert Dog
Migraine Alert Dog
Narcolepsy Alert Dog
Seizure Response Dog
Psychiatric Service Dog
Animals to relieve loneliness
Animals to help with depression
Animals to help with anxiety
Animals to help with certain phobias
Questions Call or Email
If you have questions about these policies, please email with the subject line “Visitor Experience” at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 804-748-5555 during regular hours of operation.