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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • We didn't get all the way through the permanent collections on this round, but were deeply impressed by the Asian and American collections, as well as two outstanding photography exhibitions. The arch...  read more »
  • On Thursdays at the VMFA, a live jazz performance is held from 6pm - 9pm in the café. The museum is magnificent to see, inside & out. Staff are courteous, professional & well informed. The café served...  read more »
  • In this museum you can find the famous fabergé eggs. I was a little frustrated because when I went, the eggs were in an exhibition in China and saw only a few very simple. The surrounding gardens are well maintained and a great place to take pictures.
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  • A very lovely museum that's free to visit and has a gorgeous sculpture garden and patio. Even the paid exhibits are generally well worth the admission cost and I like to browse in the museum shop and eat at Amuse. I'm fortunate to have had a membership which makes it even more beneficial to visit (free parking with that as well as free paid exhibition entrance) but it's still a genuinely awesome place even if you opt for only the free access.
  • 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.
  • The VMFA is a great institution to have in Richmond. Even if you're not very well versed in art the sheer volume and breadth it has is pretty impressive, and they're rotating special exhibitions are always worth the entrance fee. It's also a great place for quiet study or reflection in either their cafe, outdoor seating, or even seating within the museum and exhibition space. I recommend becoming a member as it gains you free access to all the new exhibitions as well to multiple events thrown by the museum throughout the year, 10% off coffee and gift shop purchases, and free parking in the museums garage.
  • I love this museum. For both the art, and my own nostalgia. This is my husband's it means a lot because of that also. Both the traveling shows, and the permanent installations are great. The museum is wonderfully run.
  • I love museums. I have been to many museums on the East Coast from Tampa to Boston and I can honestly say this place is one of the absolute best that I've been to. For starters, general admission is totally free, you only have to pay for any special exhibits that may currently be showing. From the second you walk in the doors the staff welcomes you with warm smiles and offers to help you find a good starting point for your exploration. There is a vast assortment of art and historical artifacts, everything from Sumerian times to Egyptian, Greek, and a very impressive Roman room dotted with large pillars and impressive sculptures. As you complete your circuit you can also find more modern sections dedicated to British sporting arts and American artistry as well. On your walk through history you will never find a speck of dust, a fingerprint on glass, or an unwelcoming face. You will leave with the strange sinking feeling that somehow you should have paid for this experience, because nothing this good in life has ever been free. But it is.
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