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Peninsula Fine Arts Center

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Address: 101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
Phone Number: (757) 596-8175
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore the visual arts at Pfac with an ever-changing array of exhibitions,...

Explore the visual arts at Pfac with an ever-changing array of exhibitions, programs, and events for kids and adults. Our Hands On For Kids gallery has self-guided activities year-round and Paint Days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first weekend of the month is free, with volunteer-led family activities on Saturday. Join us on the third Thursday of the month for Art After 5, Pfac’s free live music, poetry and art happening. Show us your creative side; there is something for everybody. Art is what you make it!

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Cute small galleries

Interesting exhibits...The place is smaller than expected though. 3 small gallery rooms. There was one with a photography exhibit including a movie... But nothing was playing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting exhibits...The place is smaller than expected though. 3 small gallery rooms. There was one with a photography exhibit including a movie... But nothing was playing... And didn't know if I had to turn it on or not. Was a little bummed. They have a kids play area/art center which seemed really neat and organized. If only I brought my... More 

Thank LibbyUs
Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited today (1/8/16) as part of the Newport News Ambassador Pass program (free admission). The center currently has a small, but interesting display of "Virginia Made" art. Runs the gamut from wooden bowls & furniture to hand-cut paper art, textiles, glass, repurposed industrial pieces and much more. Two small gift shop areas where the artists sell their wares. Being local,... More 

Thank virginian9
Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Lots of talented artists share their exhibits, Artists that go to school right at Christopher Newport University. Art you can admire and purchase.

Thank elmolover81
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The exhibits are interesting and well displayed. Shares parking lot with Mariners Museum and is worth the short detour. The gift shop is fabulous - original crafts by regional artists plus quality books and prints. This place is small and easily doable in 30 minutes. Activities for kids sometimes.

Thank nanareads
West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

NEat experience featuring many local artists. Fun areas for children too. Great gifts in the gift store (free to enter).

Thank Doctors2
Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Wife heard about the "American Scenery: Different Views in the Hudson River School Painting" exhibit that was at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Glad we took the time to stop by and see this exhibit. Fabulous paintings from a period in the US we will never experience again. The Arts Center presented the exhibit in a nicely organized and informative... More 

Thank Mark L
Hampton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I would not fly in from the orient but if you are local, this museum is well worth a visit once in a while. The current Hudson River exhibit is very worth a look. The exhibits change about every month or two so you can go back over and over.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

A marvelous collection of some 120 oil paintings in the 'Hudson River School' style mostly depicting scenes in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. Featured works by Cole, Hart, Gifford, Kensett, Cropsey and others. A very impressive collection that fills both galleries and the hallways of the museum. Nominal admission and a very nice gift shop. Located next door to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Not what I expected but still worth a stop. A few local exhibits were there when I went among other art works. They also have ongoing classes for ceramics, pottery and painting classes.

Thank Idreamov
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We went to see the African American art display. I have never been to this museum before. The displays are beautiful and are laid out well. The young lady at the information booth was informative and helpful. We walked through and enjoyed the amazing artwork on a self-guided tour. The place is very small and we were able to go... More 

Thank Phyllis D

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