Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is known for its diverse permanent collection, which encompasses 5,000 years of creative work, and its large sculpture garden. This museum opened in 1936 and is one of the first museums in the southern United States to be run using state funds. It contains 33,000 works from various cultures, though it is noted for its Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and modern and contemporary American artwork, as well as it's prominent South Asian, Himalayan, and African collections. The museum offers talks, educational opportunities, and creative classes for children and adults. After spending the day exploring its exhibitions and gardens, you can relax in one of the museum's two restaurants. To visit Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on your trip to Richmond, use our Richmond trip itinerary planner.
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  • We came to see the Chinese terra cotta warriors exhibit, which was really well-done. We saw a few other parts of the museum while we were there which were also really impressive. They do a good job of...  more »
  • There's too much to see in one visit so I would recommend looking at the gallery map and setting priorities. Our first choice was the Faberge exhibit (the largest collection outside of Russia) and we ...  more »
  • The VMFA is wonderful in all things---but this China exhibit of the terracottas is amazing! This exhibit is so well designed--so well arranged---so full of amazing things. Please!! Go there! I was so ...  more »
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  • Always something going on, whether it's new and fascinating exhibits or music in the garden; wonderful opportunities for education, research, or just whiling away a afternoon in another era. I highly recommend the VMFA as one of the highlights of our City and when folks visit from out of town, be sure to bring them to see our treasures. The Egyptian and Faberge galleries are two of my favorites, both having undergone substantial changes since I was a child seeing them for the first time. They are influential and amazing. Literally something for everyone here! Check it out!
  • We went during their showing of the Terracotta soldiers. Drove 4 hours just to be told that they were all sold out. We were disappointed at first. But then we looked around the museum and fell in love with ever single piece of art. We are a family of artists and to see so much culture in one place was astounding to us. My husband is from Iceland and my family is from Australia and India. So much to see and for FREE! Come on people. This is a hidden gem!
  • Wonderful. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was a fantastic surprise when we first moved here 25 years ago. It has just continued to improve over the years. It is small but still too big to do in only one day. Exhibits are outstanding with lots of written info about what you are seeing and the artist who created it. Their website tells you what is there at the moment and what will be coming. The gift shop has a wonderful variety of stuff and the cafe has good food at prices that aren't too inflated. The children's classes are staffed by creative, warm, caring people. This is Richmond at its best. We are so lucky to have it here.
  • A great variety of art. The museum is very clean and well laid out. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The casual dining eatery had a good selection of food at reasonable prices. Also, I had the opportunity to see their special exhibit, "The Terracotta Army, The Legacy of the First Emperor of China." It was very interesting and educational. I thought it was awesome that the museum was able to aquire these artifacts and statues from China that are over 2000 years old!
  • I've been going to this museum with my family since I was a little girl, and it has always been a delight. The exhibits are informative and interesting for people of all ages. There's something for everyone to be entertained! Although the cafĂ© and gift shop may be pricey, the money goes toward funding the museum's future exhibits and preserving the artwork they already have. All in all, an afternoon trip to see the Terracotta Army was well worth it!! *SPOILER** These statues will humble you.
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