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Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Address: 101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
Phone Number: (757) 596-8175
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Ranked #10 of 16 Attractions in Newport News
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Explore the visual arts at Pfac with an ever-changing array of exhibitions, programs, and events...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Although the paintings for the current Environmental exhibit were fantastic, I found the rest of the artwork less than Fine. The Center is free, so it's a nice thing to do when you have an hour to kill. The grounds looked like they had nice running/walking trails that I'd like to explore on a warmer day.

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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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273 reviews 273 reviews
32 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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