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“Expected more and was disappointed”

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Ranked #36 of 127 things to do in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Virginia MOCA features regularly changing exhibitions in a variety of contemporary media (painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media) from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. An emphasis on interactivity and hands-on fun make MOCA a destination for visitors of all ages. Admission varies from $7-$10 (FREE for members, active military and kids under 4) and audio tours are complimentary. Open seven days a week! Extended hours for MOCA's summer Andy Warhol exhibition (on view through August 19): M-F 10am-6pmSat & Su 10am-4pm
Reviewed February 24, 2013

From the size of the building and the fact that the city does not have any other major museum, I was looking forward to visiting this MOMA. Except for a magnificent Chuilly chandelier and some pieces from the currently closed Chyrsler Museum (due to renovations)--Red Grooms, Chuck Close, William Wegman, most of the exhibits in the museum were very minor and not particularly interesting. They do have a nice exhibit of high school students art work on shoes, sneakers, etc. They seem to provide art classes but much of the space in this building seems to go unused. If visiting do not expect major modern art except fot the Chuilly.

Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

I love coming here. They had an excellent Warhol exhibit this past summer even including a locally owned piece. The exhibits all are interesting and expose visitors to things they wouldn't normally seek out.

Thank Baygirl73
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

We live here and we have gone to the Contemporary Art Center for a number of events.They always have fresh exhibits by interesting artists.The staff is always helpful and knowledgeable.They also offer art classes for young and old that are well priced.My children have attended and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Thank Soccermom31765
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The MOCA surprises visitors with its excellent collections and shows. The exterior of this non-beach-like building give a clue as to what will be encountered inside - a nice melding of interior and exterior design and space. The quality of the work is unmistakeable and MOCA has become a well known art destination.

Thank grace16366
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

There's a lot going on at this venue! The contemporary art is enjoyable if you just want somewhere to spend an afternoon, but consider all of the special events and classes that are offered. We're on their mailing list and we always hear about wine tastings and art viewing, or their photography classes, etc. I took a Glass Jewelry class and went with my mother (a birthday gift) and it was so much fun. We received materials and the instructor blazed our pieces in the company kiln during lunch. I also considered their foyer for our wedding way back when; I loved the indoor trees (almost a greenhouse effect) with the twinkling light strands. So pretty! The staff is friendly and helpful. Overall, really something for everyone!

Thank rileigh15
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