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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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  • I am an engineer, which almost certainly means I don't have an interest in high fashion. However, my wife is very fashion conscious and I love my wife, so we visited the new Yves St. Laurent exhibitio...  more »
  • A dizzyingly beautiful collection of jewelry. It's hard to imagine that people actually have enough money to commission such beautiful works of wearable art. Bunny Mellon had a love of nature that she...  more »
  • The acoustics are great. I really enjoyed the food and the bar scene. This is a great place to visit. So if you're ever in RVA, please visit this fine arts museum.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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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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