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Peninsula Fine Arts Center

101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 596-8175
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Ranked #13 of 23 Attractions in Newport News
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Syracuse
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Perhaps our expectations were raised too high by visiting the Mariners' Museum, just next door, but we found this museum disappointing and the art displayed there to be somewhat uninspired. We've enjoyed visits to many small museums and galleries, but here I don't think anyone in our group felt the need to dwell over what seemed like a fairly humdrum... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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33 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I loved the art pieces. The gift shop is items all made by artist. It has an outside area that you can rent for weddings, or a party that area is supper nice. If you like art and you want to see something different it is good. They also have kid art classes. You will have to call to get... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I got there on the last day, this was a FABULOUS show! Even though they are a small museum, they had lots of wonderful paintings from the Reading Museum's traveling show, "American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artist's Colony." There was plenty to look at, and I was happily immersed for over an hour and a half. Their gift shop... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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204 reviews 204 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We came for the American Impressionist paintings display and were not disappointed. The museum doesn't have a lot of galleries but it is clean, modern and very reasonable in price. There is a museum shop near the front door. Lots of parking space, no restaurant.

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Hertford, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We visited this museum to see the American Impressionist exhibit that is currently showing. As luck would have it, we arrived on a "free" weekend, so there was no admission charge! This was our first visit to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, but it certainly won't be our last. While we were somewhat disappointed in the exhibit, the facility itself... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I'm a member here, so I'm a little biased. I have also taken watercolor painting classes here, and it is a great art center. You really should visit at least a few times to get the flavor of the place. They also have wonderful classes for children. What a prize for this community!

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Yorktown, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) is nice, tho relatively small. Most art museums are large and I feel drained after walking through them. The PFAC is the right size...especially if you go on a "free" weekend or if you join as an annual member.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Lovely arts center/display space focussing on regional artists, and well worth visiting. Great gift shop. For an enjoyable day out, combine a visit to the PFAC with a walk on the Noland Trail and a visit to the Mariner`s Museum, and maybe rent a boat on the lake as well. The Mariner`s Museum park is wonderful any time of year.

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Newport News, Va
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I can't believe I lived in Newport News before I discovered this little gem. Wasted years. There are no permanent collections so art exhibits change about every two months. The exhibits are eclectic - paintings from the masters such as the American Andrew Wyeth, to avant garde works of contemporary artists, to showcasing regional artists. The center is sized just... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We just saw the museum's wonderful 50th anniversary exhibit of 50 American artists. There was also exhibits of small works and a exhibit by two local artists. This one story museum has no permanent collection but has very good changing exhibits. Parking is free and easy in this museum area of the city. The museum is part of the North... More

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