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.


Visitors Information


The Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education is OPEN Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm.
Please note the Perkinson Center is CLOSED on Mondays. 

Currently the center is offering gallery tours by appointment only. If you would like to schedule an appointment please contact us by phone at (804) 748-5555 and selecting the"Box Office" when prompted or by emailing us HERE.

Please see our scheduled performances.

Health and Safety Procedures

The Perkinson Center values the safety and comfort of our visitors, artists, staff members, and volunteers and has implemented a variety of health and safety precautions. We will continue to follow the guidelines from local authorities, the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC and will adjust accordingly.

While masks are strongly recommended, vaccinated patrons can enjoy a mask-free experience. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask at all times while in the building for your safety and the safety of others.



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 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

  • Bike helmets

  • 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:

  • 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

  • Companionship animals

  • 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 or by calling 804-748-5555 during regular hours of operation.