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The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

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Address: 155 Rugby Road, Thomas H. Bayly Building, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4119
Phone Number: 14349243592
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Located on the University campus, this museum features permanent art...

Located on the University campus, this museum features permanent art exhibits from around the world dating from ancient times to present day.

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A challenge to find on campus but worth the trouble.

Difficult to find and finding parking is hard because most of the parking areas and spaces require permits. There is parking behind the museum, if you can find your way in, or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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las vegas, nv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Difficult to find and finding parking is hard because most of the parking areas and spaces require permits. There is parking behind the museum, if you can find your way in, or across the street. Make sure you get a permit tag from the front desk in the museum and get it on your car. Current exhibits included Andy Warhol... More 

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Smithfield, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We toured the museum in early June. It's not a large museum, but it seems to be well staffed, and well inventoried. Each section seems to have its own theme. Much of the art is from the University's private collection. I was browsing and was surprised to see that one of the artists exhibited in the "Love" room to the... More 

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Staunton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

We live near Charlottesvile and our son attended UVA so we had the opportunity to visit the art museum several times. It is not a large art museum but they change displays on a regular basis and I was always able to find a display that I enjoyed. It is worth your time if you are visiting the city. If... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

When you consider the legacy and unique status of the University of Virginia, its art museum is a paltry thing. You get the sense that it is little more than an afterthought. Clearly, the visual arts have never thrived here, and, barring a stroke of fortune, possibly never will. While Jefferson had an educated eye, he seems not to have... More 

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clemmons, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

On the campus at UVA this small two floor museum is just the right size for a quality visit. We saw a collection of Jacob Lawrence and another eclectic exhibit owned by various alumni.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Both of my kids have been to the Fralin Museum on field trips through our school. I went on both trips and both times the guides did a fantastic job.

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Pembroke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

There were many interesting pieces from many time periods. I was impressed with the time span that was available. There was a children exhibit that was compelling and thought provoking. It had so many pieces and a huge span of time from the oldest piece to the newest piece. There were sculptures, paintings, and pictures.

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Charlottesville VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We've been here almost 8 years and this was our first visit. Our last art museum visit was the Chicago Institute of Art and there is no comparison. That was pricey with lots and lots and lots of art and lots and lots and lots of people. Even before entering, we were impressed by the three-story-high crape myrtles in full... More 

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Staunton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The UVA collection of art is compact and well curated. The collection has representative objects from many periods and civilizations. the labels are helpful. Exhibitions are interesting. Open only in the afternoons.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This museum is quite impressive for a university collection. The current showing of art dealing with the nature of line(s) is very interesting. Be sure and look up for the interesting quotes from artists represented in the display. An hour will get you through this museum and you will not feel overwhelmed.

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