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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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  • Most recently, we saw the Munch/Johns exhibit. Well done! The VMFA never disappoints. There is plentiful parking and great dining options. The staff is quite knowledgeable and friendly. I encourage ev...  more »
  • Visited immediately after seeing the Virginia Historical Society as they are right next door. Great hands on area for kids and adults alike to draw and practice their artistic skills. Free admission 
  • Variety of all kinds of relaxing music. Nice to fit on the lawn be the orchestra or play with the grand children about 100 yards away to not disturb all listeners 
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  • So grateful to have a fabulous fine arts museum in Richmond. I frequent here to relax and peruse the art collection. The traveling exhibitions are great, too. The sculpture garden is a lovely place as well. All around this is one of my favorite places in Richmond and I would recommend it to anyone who loves art and likes to stroll in a gorgeous and peaceful place.
  • This museum is well curated and full of amazing free-to-see exhibits. I've been several times and still haven't seen all the exhibits. In addition to all the exhibits that are open to the public, they have a rotating paid exhibit that is always awesome. Recently they had an amazing exhibit featuring art from the prolific Kehinde Wiley that was worth every penny and multiple visits. On top of all the great art, there are constant jazz shows, a solid cafe, and a nice bar upstairs. Excellent place to visit when in the museum district.
  • My all time favorite place in Richmond! I would strongly recommend this to anyone visiting. They have new special exhibits all the time and are constantly updating things. There are exhibits for everyone, from ancient to modern. Consider getting a year membership for $10 with a student ID, it's the same price as a single special exhibit tour for a whole year and comes with free parking and a gift shop discount!! Great deal! IT'S ALSO FREE TO GET IN AND SEE EVERYTHING ELSE!!! So there's no excuse not to go, it does take about all day to get through it though so plan accordingly.
  • It wasn't until I saw more of the "smaller" major city art museums that I realized how incredible this one is. Your curators have done an incredible job capturing history, mediums, styles, and types of art. I have to say that I am ashamed that I expected to be disappointed just because of your geographical location, and I am so grateful I was made a fool, even if I was the only one who knew it before this review! Excellent work. Please, for the love of cultural, keep it going.
  • A beautifully constructed building housing multiple art galleries dedicated to different styles and periods. Thousands of paintings, artifacts, statues, and the like are tastefully displayed next to plaques explaining their meaning and significance. Rotating temporary exhibits are open to paying customers only, but are always worth checking out at least once. Otherwise, admission is free to the general exhibits which encompass 90% of the museum. The restaurant within the museum is nothing noteworthy, but does host musical events often. Less interesting info: Clean Restrooms, no Food/Drink allowed, Free water fountains, coat check offered.