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“Good small art museum. Decorative Arts are the main attraction” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
2800 Grove Ave, Richmond, VA 23221-2466
804 340 1400
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“Good small art museum. Decorative Arts are the main attraction”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

This is a lovely little art museum which would like to be a big art museum. While the Decorative Arts collection is lovely, the rest of the collections tend to be just a smattering of this and that. It's a bit of a tasting menu of art which is actually just fine for a lovely afternoon.

Visited November 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Must-see Chihuly!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

The new VMFA is a treasure of Richmond. The grounds are beautiful any time of year, and the building has many architectural highlights. But of course the reason to visit a museum is the exhibits within. I've been to several in the last couple years, and the latest is one of the best: several rooms of glass by Dale Chihuly. Hard to pick a favorite because I liked almost all the rooms, so just go and enjoy. Well worth checking their website a few times a year and planning a vacation around one of their special attractions. You won't be disappointed.

Visited December 2012
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“This was a great stop for lunch!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Dont feel the need to stop at the closest McD's - take the family to this cute little place to see the important cultural sites AND EAT! I found the pricing family friendly and certainly the latest exhibit to be eye opening! Go - you wont regret it!

Visited December 2012
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Vienna, VA
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“A Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Drove down from D.C. to see the Chihuly exhibi. Amazaed by the wealth of other collections, especially the Art Nouveau furniture. Unfortunately the Faberge eggs, etc. are on a 2 year tour,.

Visited December 2012
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Roanoke, VA
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“VMFA's Amuse Restaurant, Food as Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

VMFA has 2 restaurants -- both good. However, Amuse, the more formal venue makes a day at the museum a very special occasion. The setting is a glass front space on the museum's second floor overlooking the sculpture garden and a beautiful pond with "red reeds" executed in glass by the noted glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly. On fine days, you can lunch outside on the balcony. Food and drinks are creative and done to perfection. Portions are small, but every bite is delicious. Often, the menu reflects a special exhibit in the museum, for example, Indian specialties during the Maharajah exhibit. It is a lovely place to rest your feet and please your senses after checking out all the wonders the museum has to offer. (Be sure to include the gorgeous 1st floor gift shop in your day at the museum too.)

Visited December 2012
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