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“Great way to spend a day, or evening” 5 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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Ranked #1 of 158 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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richmond va
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“Great way to spend a day, or evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Go on a Thursday (or) Friday night with friends and grab a few glasses of wine from the cafe, then tour the exhibits. A fun and educational night... not too often the two meet.

Visited April 2012
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“Great exhibits and a new restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

I have seen a Faberge egg exhibit here as well as two others. All three were very impressive. Their regular exhibits are great too. The new restaurant, Amuse, has a nice ambience and decent food. A little pricey though.

Visited January 2013
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“A real Jewel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Very nice collection with a little bit of many things. I believe anyone would enjoy the Silver collection regardless of their thoughts on art. The museum had more than a few areas closed and boarded but there was still too much to see in a single visit.

Visited December 2012
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“An Absolutely stellar museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This museum is FREE, yes FREE and worthy of many museums one would see in Washington DC (I'm from there so I know museums). The museum is sectioned on in rooms (Egyptian, Byzantine, Art Deco, etc.) so you can pick and choose what exhibits you want to see if time is limited. This is one museum that does not force you to go through the gift shop on your way out so if you want to see what is for sale you must actually choose to go through the shop. The food is well prepared with healthy choices, but a bit pricey. If I lived in Richmond I would seriously consider supporting this museum. We paid $20 each for the Chihuly exhibit. It was spectacular and unique and while pricey, felt it was worth it, in conjunction with the rest of the museum.

Visited January 2013
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“A Gem of a Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The thing that drew me to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the exhibit by glass artist Dale Chihuly. I’ve been a fan of his work since I saw his fantastic ceiling sculpture in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Having never visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts before, I was in for a few surprises. Housed in a beautiful—I’d say even eye-catching—modern building is a wide variety of art from ancient to modern. Priceless Roman and Egyptian antiquities were wonderful surprises, not to mention the vast collection of English silver on display. Even the bedroom from Rockefeller’s New York mansion is on display in this modest museum. It was all very impressive. I concluded my visit with lunch in the Best Café overlooking the reflecting pool where Chihuly had installed his iconic red reeds. Entry to the museum and its permanent collections is free. Special exhibits like Chihuly cost $20. That’s a substantial fee but worth it if you’re a fan of his work.

Visited December 2012
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