Full of beauty, culture, and stunning works of art is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, located in downtown Richmond. Here you’ll find artwork from a variety of mediums, times, cultures, and countries making it an amazing lesson in history and art right here in RVA. The museum holds paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography, and much more to see during your visit.
I took a self-guided tour recently, and the museum itself is a work of art. Modern, clean lines, vibrant color everywhere, and breathtaking works of art from around the world at every glance. And of course each exhibit has its own look and feel that suits the period and style of the art that’s displayed. It’s a fantastic experience to stroll around and take it all in, and it never seems the same no matter how many times I’ve been. There’s always something new to discover at the Virginia Musuem of Fine Arts.
Several of its exhibits are constant, like the fascinating Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts display with about 280 Fabergé pieces to see. Which they say is the largest public collection outside of Russia. Also, a permanent collection at the museum is the Early 20th Century European Art exhibit with works from well-known artists like Matisse and Picasso. This is always a favorite of mine.
Other displays are only available to tour for a short period of time. These are the ones you’ll want to keep your eyes and ears out for so that you don’t miss your opportunity to see them if they interest you.
Their current special exhibit is Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection with over 200 prints that were gifted by Frank Raysor to the VMFA. This group of works will be available for viewing through May 5. Another temporary exhibit is the Temples and Shrines in Japan: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui, which is on display until March 17. There are a few others as well, so we highly suggest visiting the VMFA website linked below for information on all of the collections available to tour.
I’d like to go back with a group and try a scheduled guided tour with a group of friends to get the full experience and learn even more about the artwork from an educated tour guide. These are available for groups of 10-40 adults and require a three-week notice if you’re interested. Or, if you’re just visiting with a small group or by yourself, they offer walk-in tours for free at varying times. Friday nights tours are my favorite because they include happy hour specials along with a free 30-minute guided tour from 7-7:30pm.
If you’re looking for a unique date night idea that will really impress, the VMFA is a great choice for that too. They often host special events for adults, and their fine dining restaurant, Amuse, gets rave reviews for its creative menu and romantic evening atmosphere. I’ve never been myself, but it’s on my list and I’ve heard nothing but good things!
Something else I love about this museum is that it’s open every day of the year 10am-5pm and until 9pm on Thursday and Fridays and General Admission is completely FREE. It’s a fantastic place to visit anytime and is educational for kids and adults alike. Visit their website at www.vmfa.museum for even more information on this Richmond treasure.