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“Impressive collection”

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Owner description: VMFA Arts is a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. The Wall Street Journal recently stated that VMFA is now a "two day museum."
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Not going to any of the special exhibits, we wandered around this wonderful place. Enjoyed the static exhibits and offerings for children looked to be very nice

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This museum is beautifully laid out, with an interesting assortment of exhibits. We loved the Chihuly exhibit (temporary -- get there soon!) and the Impressionist / Post-Impressionist European art -- not many pieces, but the ones they have are good. Do plan ahead on your map or mapping software to figure out how to get there and where to park, as the signs in the immediate area are not very good. It's right near Monument Boulevard, so be sure to admire the massive statues there, too.

Thank Doug S
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This museum has a little bit of everything, laid out in a way that makes it easy to take a quick walk through. You can go at your own pace, it was not terribly crowded, and the collections are beautiful. Our 6 and 4 year olds did great, and had a wonderful time. Just a few easy walking blocks away is Carytown, a cool little restaurant and shopping area in Richmond. One note: There are several high walkways with glass sides to them. If you are afraid of heights, plan accordingly and take the other elevators!

Thank Alliegirld
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Saw the Chihuly glass exhibit and was truly impressed. The museum is well laid out and the exhibit was well organized. This museum is well worth the visit no matter what you interest. Except for special exhibits, admission to the museum is free.

Thank onevagent
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We visited the museum over the weekend with the sole purpose of walking through the Chihuly exhibit. We purchased our tickets (which are timed) over the phone the day before and when we went to collect them on the day of, the line at Will Call was so long and took forever because there was only one staff member working it (as opposed to the 7 or 8 working the regular ticket desk). Please get that girl some help. We were early to pick up our tickets but ended up being late for entry because of standing in line for so long.

As for the Chihuly exhibit, all I can say is it was breathtaking. Currently, you are allowed to take photos (without flash) and, as one reviewer points out, it was distracting. And I was one of the ones trying to get a great shot. But as I got home that night and began looking through them, I realized that no matter how great your photography skill, you will never be able to capture the brilliance and breathtaking genius behind this exhibit. So put the camera away and enjoy the ride. I do wish the gift shop sold some professional photos of the pieces to give people a choice. There is an audio guide available for $5.

Also, active duty military can enter the museum and the special exhibits for free. We definitely plan on going back to check out the permanent installation, but even if you only have an hour, try to get to the Chihuly. It will blow your mind.

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