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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  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is everything I hope it to be. Admission is free to get in, but a special exhibit will cost you a ticket. There's a parking garage that's conveniently located nearby that costs $5.00 to use. Worth it in my eyes. They have art on display from all over the world and different eras. You get to see everything from Egyptian times to modern times of today. I enjoy seeing classic European paintings between 1800-1900, and this place delivered. It's very interesting to see these ancient artifacts from times that you wouldn't believe, and be able to read up on the story behind them too. The museum has descriptions of everything, so you don't have to come in an expert, but you can leave feeling like one. Aside from the important and core information, they have a restaurant inside, a gift shop (of course), cafe, and sights/statues outdoors to view too. Honestly, there's something to check out wherever you go; inside or out. It's 3 floors of it, so expect to do lots of wandering. To end things, yes I do recommend this museum to others; unless you absolutely hate this kind of thing. On that note, this is a fantastic getaway for family friendly fun, education, and even dates for the historic ally interested dates.
  • If you have an opportunity to see the Terracotta Warriors exhibit, you need to go. The cost for this special exhibit is well worth the price. It was an incredible experience. We’re extremely fortunate the museum was able to acquire permission to show these artifacts. It’s an exhibit I will remember for a lifetime.
  • Everything about this place is 5 stars. Parking was easy in the adjacent deck. The grounds surrounding the museum are great and speckled with pieces of art. As a bonus, everything is wheelchair accessible! The museum itself is huge with incredible pieces from several different periods. We were there for several hours and still had more to see. The people working there are very helpful and friendly. We even had occasion to go to the restaurant inside and the food was excellent. Overall an amazing experience.
  • I moved to Richmond in 2010, and have been coming down to the VMFA at least a few times a month. They have incredible sculptures and beautiful paintings from every era. The main floor offers art classes for children and a hands-on learning section as well. If you're hungry and are willing to pay a little more money, you can check out the restaurant here which serves decent quality food. The gift shop has something to offer for anyone from a child, loved one, or someone just looking for a souvenir. Be sure to check with the main desk for tickets to whatever special exhibits they have at the time. Be sure to leave bags, backpacks, diaper bags, and purses in the car as they might not allow you in with them.
  • Love this place! Great, free place to hang out by yourself, with friends, or with the family. There's something for every age group and all tastes. The outdoor space is fun too. With events, a cafe, restaurant, a library, and a gift shop, you'll never be bored. One of my all time favorite spots in Richmond!

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Richmond boasts a wide array of accommodations, including inns and national chain hotels. Those who want to take full advantage of the city's rich historical heritage should consider staying in the Northside area, home to a number of historic districts, or near the Boulevard, where you can find most of the city's museums. There are a number of apartment vacation rentals available in residential areas of the city; neighborhoods close to Virginia Commonwealth University are generally a safe bet for those wanting to take advantage of lively eateries, quirky stores, and bars.
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