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“Richmond's Best Kept Secret”

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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$51.94*
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Ranked #1 of 193 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We recently took a Saturday trip to the museum to see a special showing of Chihuly's blown glass. While that exhibit was rather a dissapointment the museum is world-class. Having been to castles, museums, galleries and other arts and historical venues from the Smithsonian to Budapest the VMFA houses some of the most amazing and beautiful paintings, tiles, sculptures, carvings and related displays you will find anywhere. The museum is spotlessly clean, well mapped and easily navigated. The docents are friendly and informed and the admission is free. Having lived here for over 30 years I am embarrassed to say this was our first visit but certainly not our last. The only criticism would be the price of eating there. Ridiculously expensive for what you get but it balances out considering the free entrance fee. We'll be making this a regular weekend outing from now on.

Thank Tuckergoose
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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

Thank eileenzee
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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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