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Muscarelle Museum of Art

Jamestown Road, next to Phi Beta Kappa Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187
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Ranked #37 of 53 attractions in Williamsburg
Type: Art Museums
Most recent review
- Aug 12, 2014
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English first
Williamsburg, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I visited the museum on a Tuesday afternoon and I was the only visitor present. One of the staffers followed me throughout the museum and stared at me while I looked at each painting. When I drew closer to a painting to view its brushstrokes, he approached and told me to back away. Between this guy and the man at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

The museum offers a one I a kind exhibits. The Caravaggio exhibit was amazing. It's rare to have works of this prestige anywhere in the area. Most attractions use local less well know artists but the Muscarelle offers exhibits that otherwise would take traveling to a large city and paying three times the price. The collection and arrangements reflect a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Too pricey for such a tiny collection--really for local/college folks or academics...if you're just passing through and looking for something to do, totally not worth the money or time.

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Escondido, California
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16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We paid $30 for the two of us to see a museum with two Cavagglio paintings one Velasquez and about 20 WPA paintings any gallery could borrow from the government. I have seen much better selections of art at many other universities FOR FREE,

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were here twice during our stay. Each time for a different show. Great seating and acoustics. Shows were very well planned out. Both were musical that we attended.

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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We went to the museum and paid the $30. for the 2 of us. We quickly walked around the one room of contemporary art. We went upstairs looking for the rest of the art. There was a show of Glenn Close's dresses. That was it, no art. What a rip off. I was very disappointed. Free art galleries have much... More

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4 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The exhibits were fine, it was the men manning the front desk who were the problem. I've been to many museums in my day, but this was the first time I was treated like I was a bother. Being the South one expects a certain level of civility (feigned or otherwise), but not here. My greetings were met with a... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I've been a member of the Muscarelle since the 80's. Particularly since De Groft took over, the museum has put on a series high quality exhibits. It is a small museum, typically takes me an hour or so to see the latest exhibition. New visitors may be have trouble figuring out the parking lot. My suggestion is to park anywhere... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

A lovely small art museum. The director is fantastically successful at bringing in great works of art. Georgia Okeefe, Michelangelo, Tiffany, you name it. Keep your eye on this one to see what the current show is.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This museum was not on my radar until the current Michelangelo exhibit. The museum is not your typical small college museum. The layout and exhibits are world class. The staff is fabulous and the director is a master. Well worth a trip and the price of admissions. On a side note, I took 111 homeschoolers for the exhibit and the... More

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