Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

Art Museum and Art Gallery · The Museum District
200 N Boulevard (at Grove Ave), Richmond, VA 23220, United States
Hours:
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu–Fri
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Reservations:
Yes
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Free
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a top US art museum open 365 days a year with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world.

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    Zachary B.
    "special exhibits like picasso"(6 Tips)
    Michael Z.
    "The Hollywood Costume exhibit is fantastic!!"(3 Tips)
    Diane M.
    "Don't miss the Faberge exhibit!"(3 Tips)
    Just M.
    "One of the best art nouveau and art Deco exhibits I've ever seen!"(3 Tips)
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  • 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.
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  • Mark S.
    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.
    Mark Schannon · February 19
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  • tanya
    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
    tanya · June 11, 2010
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  • RVA Badge
    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.
    RVA Badge · January 31, 2012
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  • HISTORY
    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.
    HISTORY · September 20, 2010
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  • Eriks G.
    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!
    Eriks Goodwin · December 30, 2012
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  • Tyke
    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.
    Tyke · January 8, 2011
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  • Hi There!
    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.
    Hi There! · January 13, 2014
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  • Robert P.
    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.
    Robert Packard · April 8
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  • John D.
    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
    John Doyle · August 12, 2010
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  • Akil C.
    Free entrance, impressive collection of paintings and sculptures. Very well laid out. Currently hosting an exhibition about Chinese art (not free).
    Akil Cumberbatch · December 15, 2014
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  • escott t.
    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.
    escott t · June 28, 2011
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  • Rachel M.
    Excellent collection of furniture, jewelry and accessories from the turn of the century on the third floor. (Definitely go if you love Art Nouveau!)
    Rachel Mercer · September 4, 2011
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  • Alyssa A.
    Great art programs! M. Lit is amazing as well as their summer programs. Huge selection of art! You could get lost in there.
    Alyssa Anderson · September 29, 2015
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  • Just M.
    One of the best art nouveau and art Deco exhibits I've ever seen! VMFA is a true treasure.
    Just Me · November 16, 2015
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  • Jackie C.
    Great place to have lunch. There are always people visiting the galleries. There is a feeling of community when visiting the museum.
    Jackie Carrera · January 20, 2013
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  • Zachary B.
    great free museum, and they offer a very affordable membership option that will let you in to all the special exhibits like picasso
    Zachary Bolton · September 13, 2011
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  • Joy N.
    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
    Joy N · November 7, 2011
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  • Julia L.
    Perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon. Great selection of modern art. And don't miss the art nouveau and deco area!
    Julia Lord Nickle · October 18, 2014
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  • Marsha S.
    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
    Marsha Sompayrac · December 31, 2013
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  • Hattie S.
    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!!!
    Hattie Saunders · July 12, 2013
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  • Trey W.
    Definitely check out the 20th and 21st century section of the museum. It has a great variety of different types of arts.
    Trey Walker · May 22, 2012
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  • Hilary S.
    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.
    Hilary Salmon · April 23, 2015
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  • Nicole B.
    Make sure if visiting with children you visit the art education wing. They have hands on for the children.
    Nicole Batzle Mobus · November 20, 2015
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  • Shayna H.
    Excellent museum! I attended the Picasso exhibit & it was amazing! I plan on returning many more times. Definitely need to try their Happy Hour! :)
    Shayna Hernandez · November 9, 2011
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  • Elias S.
    One of the best museums I have ever visited. Incredible display of art nouveau and art deco.
    Elias Savada · November 11, 2013
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  • 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.
    Travel Channel Manager · July 26, 2012
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  • Sebastian H.
    The gift shop is pretty cool. Has some neat fun toys. A little high dollar but cool stuff to look at.
    Sebastian Hernandez · February 7, 2012
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  • Grey R.
    Desgas, Monet, Picasso, Goya, Van Gough, Warhol, Matisse, Rousseau, Gericault, Delacroix - don't miss the third floor!!!
    Grey Robinson · December 31, 2013
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  • Rick J.
    The Mummy exhibit is getting all the attention but the "Elvis at 21" photography is not to be missed.
    Rick Johnston · December 24, 2011
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  • Judy S.
    Be sure to bring $3.00 cash if you are parking in the deck, and you are not a museum member.
    Judy Smith · September 16, 2010
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  • jonathan g.
    Nice place to while away an hour or two...The security guards can be rude and obnoxious sometimes.
    jonathan gambill · February 14, 2014
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  • GAYRVA.COM
    During the Maharaja exhibit, both Best Cafe and Amuse will offer Indian-inspired fare.
    GAYRVA.COM · May 21, 2012
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  • Chuck G.
    Kids will love the Shape Up & McGuiness Connection gallery hunt activities where you get a brochure and the kids search throughout the museum.
    Chuck Gates · February 1, 2014
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  • Jessica S.
    Wish we could have seen everything! The Egyptian and Roman jewelry was amazing.
    Jessica Sullivan · January 6, 2014
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  • Emily K.
    So peaceful! Grab a cup of coffee at BEST cafe and then head to the East Asian Wing...
    Emily King-Brown · October 1, 2012
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  • Ray G.
    Best Cafe in the VMFA has pretty good food, a really cool environment, and free wifi.
    Ray Garrett · June 24, 2010
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  • Todd A.
    Free admission. Amazing exhibits. The Forbidden City exhibit was well worth it.
    Todd Allen · January 1, 2015
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  • Lily
    Very nice free museum. Wide range of artists from many periods and locations.
    Lily · March 20, 2015
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  • Richard D.
    The Modern and Contemporary collections are easily the best in the museum.
    Richard DiCicco · February 14, 2012
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  • Mike T.
    Free museum with special exhibits you pay for. Saw Rodin using our NYC Met membership. Need to spend more time.
    Mike Ti · December 31, 2015
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  • Kim M.
    Field trip with Mechanicsville Elementary on 11/8! So excited for my little man to get some culture and see the beauty in art!
    Kim Miller · October 29, 2013
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  • Just M.
    Incredible collection of art nouveau and art Deco furniture!
    Just Me · November 16, 2015
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  • Leslie
    Have apps or dinner at Amuse by the window in the stellar Bertoia chairs. Read more
    Leslie · October 3, 2011
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  • Brett B.
    The Contemporary section is pretty stellar - Warhol and Lichtenstein
    Brett Bishop · February 3, 2013
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  • Johnny H.
    Awesome looking space. Be sure to wear your smart looking glasses.
    Johnny Hugel · March 23, 2011
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  • Shelly
    See the five Imperial Fabergé eggs here, the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia!
    Shelly · July 9, 2015
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  • John S.
    Fabulous experience. Great space. Wonder around every corner.
    John S · October 30, 2015
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  • Michael Z.
    The Chihuly Exhibit (until 2/10/13) is really spectacular.
    Michael Zeevi · December 31, 2012
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  • Neill C.
    Hollywood Costume Exhibit is fun for film fans. Up until Feb. You can go through it in about an hour.
    Neill Caldwell · December 21, 2013
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