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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I loved the collection of glass but most of all the ancient artifacts so well displayed. This museum is a wonderful place to visit. Take your time a take it all in.
I loved the collection of glass but most of all the ancient artifacts so well displayed. This museum is a wonderful place to visit. Take your time a take it all in. more »
The "Storied Strings" special exhibit is awesome. It closes in March 2023, I think, so don't miss your chance. Beautiful guitars on display, as well as artwork featuring guitars on loan from a...
The "Storied Strings" special exhibit is awesome. It closes in March 2023, I think, so don't miss your chance. Beautiful guitars on display, as well as artwork featuring guitars on loan from a... more »
100% recommend coming to this art museum! It is FREE and only costs $6 to park. What I like most about this museum is that there is an exhibit for everyone! Everything from Egyptian tombs to traditional paintings to contemporary art and even stunning jewelry and furniture. There is EVERYTHING here! I visited in January and had a fantastic time. I would recommend this place to anyone and plan to bring friends back. This is 100% the best art museum I’ve ever been to. I think it’s even better than the one in D.C. (way less crowded too). There are also tons of clean restrooms and a nice gift shop. You could easily spend 5+ hours here - it’s a spectacular museum. (10th time trying to post this review 🙄)
Impressive museum with collections from various cultures/time periods including Ancient Greek/Roman, African, American, Native American, European, and East/South Asian. However, what made this museum a little more special for me was the Art Deco/Nouveau section which is rarely part of the main galleries of the art museums. General admission is FREE which is great as you can really take your time and see part of the museum and then come back at another time to see the rest. In addition to the permanent collections they also do have ongoing exhibitions (some of them requires you to buy tickets). Sculpture garden is nice to take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee or have a bite at a nice day. Inside the museum masks are optional. Free street parking nearby or $6 museum parking. Overall an excellent experience - thanks everyone contributing the smooth operation of this museum, your work is really appreciated!
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