The piece de resistance of the Richmond art scene. World-class.. The Scene Housing one of the largest art collections in the South in an imposing classical building, the museum surprises many visitors with the breadth and depth of its permanent collection as well as the first-rate touring exhibitions it attracts. Allow plenty of time to admire ancient, classical, art nouveau, art deco, African, Asian, French Impressionist, contemporary and British art as well as the noted Faberge gallery, which includes five Russian Imperial Easter eggs. The Collection Works of Degas, Goya, Sargent and Tiffany are on display, as well as a splendid contemporary collection (Picasso, Close, Oldenberg, Warhol and Lichtenstein) in the modern wing. There's also Fast Forward--a performance art series highlighting unusual acts like Laurie Andeson or Dael Orlandersmith. Jumpin' is a weekly concert series/party with different styles of music held in the sculpture garden and often frequented by a young, hip crowd.
My mother in law and I visited the museum when she was here visiting last year and the exhibits there are just as goood if not better than some of the museums from Chicago or anywhere else.
Great cultural venue.
Hurray for Richmond offering this wonderful collection of art! Every gallery has a wealth of beautiful pieces that one would not expect to find in Richmond. I particularly enjoy the Modern Art Gallery, which is frequently replenished. The museum also houses great performances and events ('Bubbling Brown Sugar', Art After Hours!, Jumpin' ...) My only qualm with the VMFA is the creapy guards that seem to follow us every time we go. No one trusts "kids these days". :D
A reason for Richmond pride.
I love, love, love this museum. There's something so relaxing and indulgent about wandering through the rooms--and the Faberge eggs are amazing. A bonus: the museum's Jumpin music series that takes place in the gardens every summer is a must-see.