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.
    Upvoted Nov 3
  • Dan
    DanOctober 23
    One of my favorite art museums in the South East/Mid Atlantic. Make sure to start on the top floor and work your way down.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Eriks G.
    Eriks GoodwinDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Eliza W.
    Eliza WeeksAugust 5, 2016
    Live Jazz! always FREE every Thursday night and beautiful flower gardens!
  • 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!
  • Nicodemus B.
    Nicodemus BoffinSeptember 19
    Been here 5+ times
    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! :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mohammed G.
    Mohammed GhaithSeptember 11, 2016
    The place is outstanding 👌🏻 you must go there whenever you're in town
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • John S.
    John SOctober 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fabulous experience. Great space. Wonder around every corner.
  • Shelly
    ShellyJuly 9, 2015
    See the five Imperial Fabergé eggs here, the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia!
  • 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!
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