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. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Richmond Edition.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The Museum is good, no doubt. Staff above all measures. And a collection devoted to modern and Mummy this is. Free, by the way, visit the main Exposition, all temporary exhibitions-for the money. But I shook the booklet "Family activity guide" with the slogan "feel the taste of Russian culture", which offer visitors at the entrance. Within the halls of the first floor exhibited a great collection of Carl Fabergé (once the largest meeting-before selling part of it back to Russia). Besides the possibility to admire the graceful trinkets you can act as a jeweler and create a design of your own masterpiece using the Padé, zabotlibo AI left for visitors in the Hall. After exploring the halls very advise to sit in the Park Museum, climb along a water ladder to the upper garden. If you like a leisurely conversation with art, my advice-go to the Museum, the muses and Apollo are waiting for you. You will not regret.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Visited with a friend recently. It was my first time at the museum and was surprised by the size and scope of the place. They had really good, interesting collections. The place is huge and feels like...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    LOVE this manageable & free museum. It is far more intimate than those monstrosities at NY or DC and I rather like the well-curated collections. My favorite is the Faberge collection with the exquisit...  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    Lovely museum!!! Definitely worth a stop, especially for being free with free street parking. The sculpture garden area has some shaded tables by the water that would be a perfect spot to relax at. Wandering through the exhibits is a great way to spend 2-3 hours of your day, and there's plenty of seating within if you just want to sit & take in the views on a comfy couch. Some of the exhibits have interactive components, and there was a good variety of art from across cultures and time periods.
  • June 30, 2017
    I was visiting a friend and we decided to see the museum. It was wonderful. The displays of the Faberge Eggs was thrilling for me The Tiffany lamps were beautiful. The next time I come back into town this is my first stop. My daughter is four and loved the museum.
  • July 4, 2017
    This is a very fine museum with a broad range of artworks. At the same time, it is well-organized and not overly large, which means you could enjoy it in 2 hours or take all day. For most boomers, the current Yves Saint Laurent exhibit will be especially fascinating.
  • June 2, 2017
    You art displayed are breathtakingly stunning. My wife have been multiple times. Makes for a great date. Plenty of items to see. Don't plan on seeing all, you will enjoy it better fully attempting to appreciate the various displays. Each time my wife and I come back we see an area we haven't seen, and bring a friend or two.
  • July 7, 2017
    Well mantain art museum that's free to the public. A beautiful Old Masters collection with unique works of art 😉 The staff is very friendly and helpful. Really a great place to visit!

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