Set in Richmond‘s Museum District, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a sprawling facility that spans through hundreds of years of art history. They offer both guided tours and independent wandering for art lovers.
Created to benefit and educate residents of the state, it was first established in 1936 in the English Renaissance building that still stands. Additional wings were added to hold the continually growing collection.
What to See at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The collection started with a local judge and now features one of the largest collection of Faberge eggs in the world. Other highlights include Indian and Himalayan paintings, European decorative arts, and Art Nouveau home furnishings. Names like Degas, Goya, Monet, and Sargent can be found among the galleries.
In addition, there’s a sculpture garden that showcases large scale works and a library and reading room. Families can take advantage of programming for all ages.
Tips for Visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is located at 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220. It’s open every day from 10 am to 5 pm and on Thursdays and Fridays until 9 pm. General admission is free, but there may be fees for special exhibits. They have their own parking deck that costs $5 for non-members, but you can also walk from downtown.
Where to Eat Near the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The art museum has the casual Best Café and fine dining Amuse Restaurant as dining options for your day at the museum.
If you’d rather dine elsewhere, Black Hand Coffee Co has coffee and pastries for breakfast on the go. McCormack’s Whisky Grill has Southern-style barbecue and burgers. The Daily Kitchen & Bar in neighboring Carytown has funky decor and healthy dishes.
Where to Stay Near the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
As the name implies, Museum District B&B is the closest place to stay to the museum. Built in 1922, the inn has cozy rooms and balconies to enjoy your morning coffee. Graduate Richmond (review here) is a bit further, but is another great option.