I feel fortunate to live in a small eastern city with a museum as fine as VMFA. This vibrant place offers a comprehensive permanent collection, gracious spaces, and exciting traveling exhibitions that are top-notch. The current offerings of Hollywood costumes (fabulous) and companion display of photographs (well done!) should not be missed. I also enjoyed seeing The Birds with an interview and Q&A session with Tippi Hedren - what a treat!
General admission is free. Membership is a good value if you take advantage of the special exhibitions and other benefits, including free parking in the convenient deck ($5 for non-members). Membership works well for me, because I can come & go as I please, since the museum is open 365 days a year!
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is located on the grounds of the Robert E. Lee Camp No. 1 for Confederate Veterans established in the 1880's on the former property of the Anthony Robinson, Jr. family. Two original buildings are on the VMFA grounds, the Robinson House and the Confederate Memorial Chapel. The grounds also include a sculpture garden.