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 found this museum to be just the right size: big enough to explore until we wore ourselves out, but not so big as to be overwhelming or to force us to triage between "must see" and "nice to see...
We found this museum to be just the right size: big enough to explore until we wore ourselves out, but not so big as to be overwhelming or to force us to triage between "must see" and "nice to see... more »
I love art. Husband and I were surprised at the breadth of the collection. Great LCTiffany exhibit. Beautiful building and art!
I love art. Husband and I were surprised at the breadth of the collection. Great LCTiffany exhibit. Beautiful building and art! more »
This museum has really excellent permanent exhibits. The American art I found to be especially wonderful. There was a ton of variety including a Hopper that was a nice surprise. Our son loved the Greek, Roman and Egyptian wing. The one photographer they have is very interesting as well. We will definitely be going back again. There is way too much to see in one visit! And it's free, which is amazing!
Really nice museum. A lot bigger than it seems when you first walk in. There's a very good selection of art pieces dating back from the ancient Egyptians. The fact that it is free makes it all the better. Pretty quiet place. Would definitely recommend!
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