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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    Zachary B.
    "special exhibits like picasso"(7 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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  • Danheart icon on user image
    DanOctober 23, 2017
    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.
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    Lori RuffJune 22, 2013
    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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    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.
  • Vasha H.
    Vasha HuntJuly 12, 2019
    The outdoor grounds are fun to explore. Currently the Tibetan exhibit is a fascinating tour of Buddhism as if one was going through the process of enlightenment, it was a great experience.
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    David BurgessJune 23, 2018
    Their Horseshoe burger was very good. I especially liked the way they seared the outer edge of the burger crisp while leaving the inside of the burger tender.
  • 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.
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    Ha1thamFebruary 5, 2018
    Great collection, unfortunately Picasso’s work wasn’t available when i visited, and free !
  • Lauren
    LaurenAugust 19, 2018
    Solid, century-spanning collection with some surprising & unique modern art pieces mixed in.
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    Nicodemus BoffinDecember 17, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    The permanent exhibit of Medieval European Art is in a quiet, less traveled corner of the museum. Nonetheless, the objects on display are powerful, substantial and beautiful.
  • Eliza W.heart icon on user image
    Eliza WeeksAugust 5, 2016
    Live Jazz! always FREE every Thursday night and beautiful flower gardens!
  • Just M.heart icon on user image
    Just MeNovember 16, 2015
    One of the best art nouveau and art Deco exhibits I've ever seen! VMFA is a true treasure.
  • Tristanheart icon on user image
    TristanJuly 22, 2016
    Students get $10 membership — free parking, free access to special exhibitions, and discounts at everything else!
  • Ellie P.heart icon on user image
    Ellie PinesApril 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.
  • Erik M.heart icon on user image
    Erik MichielsenAugust 26, 2022
    If you are here for a special event do make time to walk the galleries, if only for a short while. Special place.
  • Alyssa A.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Julia L.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Robert C.heart icon on user image
    Robert CarbonellJuly 26, 2022
    Very nice museum and they have special presentations as well. Worth it to go for lunch as well.
  • Maisoon M.heart icon on user image
    Maisoon MaJune 23, 2018
    A lot of interesting stuff to see here, there’s a gift shop and a restaurant and a cafe! But didn’t try any of them
  • 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.
  • Gordy N.heart icon on user image
    Gordy NormanNovember 11, 2020
    Very large of different period of art! Free all the time. Excellent way to spend the afternoon!
  • 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.
    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.
  • Alison B.heart icon on user image
    Alison BurttJune 17, 2016
    The Kehinde Wiley exhibition was amazing--touching, challenging and beautiful.
  • Nicole B.heart icon on user image
    Nicole Batzle MobusNovember 20, 2015
    Make sure if visiting with children you visit the art education wing. They have hands on for the children.
  • 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!
  • Nicodemus B.heart icon on user image
    Nicodemus BoffinSeptember 19, 2017
    Been here 25+ 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.
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    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
  • 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
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    Sharyn MannSeptember 16, 2016
    The exhibit and the restaurant were great the special and the waiter made our day
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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! :)
  • Maureen B.
    Maureen BarrettFebruary 10, 2017
    It's worth a visit if you're in Richmond. Beautiful building with lovely exhibits.
  • Akil C.heart icon on user image
    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).
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mohammed G.
    Mohammed GhaithSeptember 11, 2016
    The place is outstanding 👌🏻 you must go there whenever you're in town
  • 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...
  • Todd A.heart icon on user image
    Todd AllenJanuary 1, 2015
    Free admission. Amazing exhibits. The Forbidden City exhibit was well worth it.
  • 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
  • Jessica S.heart icon on user image
    Jessica SullivanJanuary 6, 2014
    Wish we could have seen everything! The Egyptian and Roman jewelry was amazing.
  • Shelly
    ShellyJuly 9, 2015
    See the five Imperial Fabergé eggs here, the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia!
  • Grey R.heart icon on user image
    Grey RobinsonDecember 31, 2013
    Desgas, Monet, Picasso, Goya, Van Gough, Warhol, Matisse, Rousseau, Gericault, Delacroix - don't miss the third floor!!!
  • Marc P.heart icon on user image
    Marc PhillipsOctober 25, 2019
    Huge museum. Plan to spend an entire day here.
  • Abhishek B.
    Abhishek BanthiaMay 31, 2023
    Open late until 9 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • 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!
  • Just M.heart icon on user image
    Just MeNovember 16, 2015
    Incredible collection of art nouveau and art Deco furniture!
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