Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

Art Museum and Art Gallery
The Museum District, Richmond
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  • RVA Badge
    RVA BadgeJanuary 31, 2012
    With a collection of art spanning 5,000 years, the VMFA is one of the top comprehensive art museums in the US. The museum’s collection includes the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia.
  • Lori Ruff, The LinkedIn Diva
    Fab place to host events. Lovely grounds, amazing buildings, landscaped grounds. At The Leadership Summit, the Governor, Lt. Gov & Senator have an attentive audience. Great appetizers & cash bar.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SchannonFebruary 19, 2016
    Must visit. Very well organized museum; surprisingly eclectic collections. Rodin exhibit excellent. Easy to maneuver through the various collections. Requires two, three days to fully explore.
    HISTORYSeptember 20, 2010
    In1919, Judge John Barton Payne, a prominent Virginian who held high offices in law and national politics, donated his entire collection of 50 paintings. VMFA did not open until 1936.
  • Just M.
    Just MeNovember 16, 2015
    One of the best art nouveau and art Deco exhibits I've ever seen! VMFA is a true treasure.
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux PackardApril 8, 2016
    Free, unless you want to check out their special exhibit (which you probably will). The in-museum food options are also quite good for the price.
  • Julia L.
    Julia Lord NickleOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon. Great selection of modern art. And don't miss the art nouveau and deco area!
  • Alyssa A.
    Alyssa AndersonSeptember 29, 2015
    Great art programs! M. Lit is amazing as well as their summer programs. Huge selection of art! You could get lost in there.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerSeptember 4, 2011
    Excellent collection of furniture, jewelry and accessories from the turn of the century on the third floor. (Definitely go if you love Art Nouveau!)
  • Eriks G.
    Eriks GoodwinDecember 30, 2012
    Many people neglect the very real human need to experience beauty. The VMFA has many magnificent collections and the traveling exhibits are often truly amazing. Join today!
  • Marsha S.
    Marsha SompayracDecember 31, 2013
    Short drive from downtown. Great change of pace to eat at the Cafe to have lunch with friends or co-workers. Marsha Sompayrac Read more
  • Jackie C.
    Jackie CarreraJanuary 20, 2013
    Great place to have lunch. There are always people visiting the galleries. There is a feeling of community when visiting the museum.
  • Akil C.
    Akil CumberbatchDecember 15, 2014
    Free entrance, impressive collection of paintings and sculptures. Very well laid out. Currently hosting an exhibition about Chinese art (not free).
  • Brian B.
    Brian BassettSeptember 23, 2016
    Public museum with a wide array of art from ancient to postmodern. Architecturally quite impressive mix of old and new.
  • tanya
    tanyaJune 11, 2010
    love the spaciousness of the new place. really want to try amuse, but they are booked up on thursday nights til mid june. however the bar is first come first serve and begins serving drinks at 2 pm. t
  • Hilary S.
    Hilary SalmonApril 23, 2015
    Take a glass of wine out on the patio for a more serene happy hour on Thursdays and Fridays when the museum is open until 9pm.
  • Trey W.
    Trey WalkerMay 22, 2012
    Definitely check out the 20th and 21st century section of the museum. It has a great variety of different types of arts.
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary BoltonSeptember 13, 2011
    great free museum, and they offer a very affordable membership option that will let you in to all the special exhibits like picasso
  • Joy N.
    Joy NNovember 7, 2011
    Your best deal is a membership. The Best Cafe is an inexpensive place to go for Friday Art and Wine as well as VMFA after Dark
  • Eliza W.
    Eliza WeeksAugust 5, 2016
    Live Jazz! always FREE every Thursday night and beautiful flower gardens!
  • Hi There!
    Hi There!January 13, 2014
    Parking is $5 but admission is free for the main exhibits. Special exhibits are a separate fee. Before or after your visit, enjoy lunch in nearby Carytown.
  • Elias S.
    Elias SavadaNovember 11, 2013
    One of the best museums I have ever visited. Incredible display of art nouveau and art deco.
  • Tristan
    TristanJuly 22, 2016
    Students get $10 membership — free parking, free access to special exhibitions, and discounts at everything else!
  • Tyke
    TykeJanuary 8, 2011
    If you're a student, make sure you get a membership. It's only $10 a year, and it will usually get you free admission into special exhibits that cost just as much.
  • Nicodemus B.
    Nicodemus Boffin3 weeks ago
    In the Medieval/Middle Ages exhibit, I felt a surprising constancy of human endeavor (born or propelled, I think, by faith) that was not belied by the traumas and tribulations of those dark centuries.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole Batzle MobusNovember 20, 2015
    Make sure if visiting with children you visit the art education wing. They have hands on for the children.
  • Shayna H.
    Shayna HernandezNovember 9, 2011
    Excellent museum! I attended the Picasso exhibit & it was amazing! I plan on returning many more times. Definitely need to try their Happy Hour! :)
  • Alison B.
    Alison BurttJune 17, 2016
    The Kehinde Wiley exhibition was amazing--touching, challenging and beautiful.
  • John D.
    John DoyleAugust 12, 2010
    Great place to escape the heat... Best Cafe very reasonable prices and great food. Great gift shop. Park on the lower level of the garage for easy access. Read more
  • Travel Channel M.
    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a "mini Met" with collections that span over 5000 years of humankind's creative achievements.
  • Sharyn M.
    Sharyn MannSeptember 16, 2016
    The exhibit and the restaurant were great the special and the waiter made our day
  • Lily
    LilyMarch 20, 2015
    Very nice free museum. Wide range of artists from many periods and locations.
  • Emily K.
    Emily King-BrownOctober 1, 2012
    So peaceful! Grab a cup of coffee at BEST cafe and then head to the East Asian Wing...
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SullivanJanuary 6, 2014
    Wish we could have seen everything! The Egyptian and Roman jewelry was amazing.
  • Sebastian H.
    Sebastian HernandezFebruary 7, 2012
    The gift shop is pretty cool. Has some neat fun toys. A little high dollar but cool stuff to look at.
  • Maureen B.
    Maureen BarrettFebruary 10
    It's worth a visit if you're in Richmond. Beautiful building with lovely exhibits.
    GAYRVA.COMMay 21, 2012
    During the Maharaja exhibit, both Best Cafe and Amuse will offer Indian-inspired fare.
  • escott t.
    escott tJune 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Become a member! $50 for most and you get free tickets to the exhibits, 10 percent off of food and merchandise. Free parking too. Can't beat it.
  • Mohammed G.
    Mohammed GhaithSeptember 11, 2016
    The place is outstanding 👌🏻 you must go there whenever you're in town
  • Todd A.
    Todd AllenJanuary 1, 2015
    Free admission. Amazing exhibits. The Forbidden City exhibit was well worth it.
  • Rick J.
    Rick JohnstonDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mummy exhibit is getting all the attention but the "Elvis at 21" photography is not to be missed.
  • Grey R.
    Grey RobinsonDecember 31, 2013
    Desgas, Monet, Picasso, Goya, Van Gough, Warhol, Matisse, Rousseau, Gericault, Delacroix - don't miss the third floor!!!
  • Hattie S.
    Hattie SaundersJuly 12, 2013
    Stay on the carpet, no backpacks on your back, no pens, 12 inches away from ALL ART. As we were rudely pointed out. GET SOME NICER GUIDES!!!
  • jonathan g.
    jonathan gambillFebruary 14, 2014
    Nice place to while away an hour or two...The security guards can be rude and obnoxious sometimes.
  • Just M.
    Just MeNovember 16, 2015
    Incredible collection of art nouveau and art Deco furniture!
  • Shelly
    ShellyJuly 9, 2015
    See the five Imperial Fabergé eggs here, the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia!
  • John S.
    John SOctober 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fabulous experience. Great space. Wonder around every corner.
  • Timothy L.
    Timothy LeaksSeptember 9, 2016
    I love this place. Especially on Thursdays
  • Emily B.
    Emily BaerAugust 15, 2014
    Have a bottle of wine and sit and enjoy the gardens on the patio area!
  • Richard D.
    Richard DiCiccoFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Modern and Contemporary collections are easily the best in the museum.
  • Brett B.
    Brett BishopFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Contemporary section is pretty stellar - Warhol and Lichtenstein
  • Mike T.
    Mike TiDecember 31, 2015
    Free museum with special exhibits you pay for. Saw Rodin using our NYC Met membership. Need to spend more time.
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MillerOctober 29, 2013
    Field trip with Mechanicsville Elementary on 11/8! So excited for my little man to get some culture and see the beauty in art!
  • Kevin
    KevinMay 22, 2015
    Had a great time here. There's so much to see!
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZeeviDecember 31, 2012
    The Chihuly Exhibit (until 2/10/13) is really spectacular.
  • Leslie
    LeslieOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Have apps or dinner at Amuse by the window in the stellar Bertoia chairs. Read more
  • Travis M.
    Travis MillerJanuary 5, 2016
    Coop place, and a large portion of the museum is always free
  • Judy S.
    Judy SmithSeptember 16, 2010
    Be sure to bring $3.00 cash if you are parking in the deck, and you are not a museum member.
  • Ben E.
    Ben EdgellJanuary 31, 2014
    Hollywood Costumes; Batman Spider-Man John Wayne Indiana Jones James Bond Braveheart All very cool
  • Jaime
    JaimeNovember 24, 2012
    Chihuly was wonderful! So lucky to have something so amazing in RVA
  • B P.
    B PAugust 12, 2014
    Student membership is $10 and free parking for members
  • Johnny H.
    Johnny HugelMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome looking space. Be sure to wear your smart looking glasses.
  • abigail.
    abigail.July 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Building is beautiful. Collection is large and well curated.
  • Ray G.
    Ray GarrettJune 24, 2010
    Best Cafe in the VMFA has pretty good food, a really cool environment, and free wifi.
  • Seth P.
    Seth PetersenMarch 3, 2012
    The cinnamon scone at Best Cafe is off the chain.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconSeptember 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to relax and read a book
  • Neill C.
    Neill CaldwellDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hollywood Costume Exhibit is fun for film fans. Up until Feb. You can go through it in about an hour.
  • S R.
    S RFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Bike on a roof rack does NOT fit under parking garage clearance, trust me.
  • Michela
    MichelaFebruary 7, 2013
    See the Chihuly exhibit before it is gone on Feb 10. It is spectacular!
  • S R.
    S RJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Grab a cup of Blanchards coffee at Best Cafe or Amuse, delish!
  • Doris k.
    Doris kJune 23, 2013
    Great day at the museum
  • Robert M.
    Robert MuncyOctober 30, 2011
    Be sure to find the hidden seating room with a great view
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZeeviNovember 8, 2013
    The Hollywood Costume exhibit is fantastic!!
  • The Flats a.
    Fusion art of the 21st century on display now!
  • Amy M.
    Amy MooreJanuary 4, 2016
    Third floor has great Indian Art exhibit.
  • Kameron S.
    Kameron SpencerAugust 28, 2014
    Come on Thursdays for Jazz and happy hour
  • Chad W.
    Chad WilliamsJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come see why we had the Picasso Exhibit.
  • Marsha S.
    VMFA's cafe and outdoor spaces are fantastic too!
  • Diane M.
    Diane MuskaSeptember 26, 2011
    Don't miss the Faberge exhibit! Fantastic!!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FarmerJuly 3, 2015
    Everything, especially Friday nights!
  • Peter P.
    Peter PaganMay 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $12 bottles of wine on Friday past 5pm!
  • Donnell R.
    Donnell RameedAugust 1, 2013
    Love takin pics of pretty women...thats the reason i got into photography!
  • Dez J.
    Dez JAugust 31, 2013
    Food in the restaurant is excellent!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HurtMay 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The sculpture garden rocks. Add wifi and I'd be there all day
  • Dyanne H.
    Dyanne HelbertMay 29, 2012
    One of my most favorite places in Richmond
  • Jon H.
    Jon HenryJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a student membership! Pays for itself after seeing one special exhibition.
  • Johnny H.
    Johnny HugelSeptember 9, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Explore the sculpture garden and galleries.
  • Janeen C.
    Janeen CarabettaDecember 26, 2013
    Faberge eggs, Hollywood costumes exhibit...
  • Martin S.
    Martin SchappeitJuly 13, 2013
    Wesselmann Exhibition must see
  • Scott K.
    Scott KJuly 23, 2010
    Great Museum with some of the best art in the world!!
  • Leslie
    LeslieJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do see the current Fabergé exhibition & pick up the incredible book. Read more
  • Brian W.
    Brian WhiteJanuary 3, 2012
    Or as the locals call it. The Virginia Museum of Fine Art.
  • Rocket Pop Media
    Rocket Pop MediaAugust 3, 2011
    Be sure to get tickets for the Faberge Revealed exhibit through Oct. 2!
  • Jeanette S.
    Jeanette SmithAugust 7, 2016
    Loved the mummies
  • J N.
    J NenzelJanuary 25, 2015
    World class exhibits
  • Marina C.
    Marina CarvalhoDecember 1, 2014
    Beautiful museum.
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca AnneDecember 5, 2016
    Happy hour on Fridays :D
  • Evan R.
    Evan RoacheMarch 11, 2016
    Lots of cool art!
  • Kent J.
    Kent JohnsonMay 12, 2016
    Cafe is great!
  • Liam F.
    Liam FOctober 26, 2014
    Richmond's best stuff!
  • Shelly
    ShellyJuly 9, 2015
    Voir les cinq Œufs de Fabergé impériaux ici, la plus grand collection des Œufs de Fabergé dehors Russie !
  • Julie G.
    Julie GromovaJune 5, 2016
    Самая большая в мире коллекция вещей Жана Шлюмберже была передана Полом Меллоном в постоянное владение Музею.
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