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“Collect, Preserve, and Exhibit”
It is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all. In the midst of the Great Depression, on January 16, 1936, Virginia’s political and business leaders bravely demonstrated their faith in the future and their belief in the value of art by opening the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The English Renaissance-style headquarters building designed by Peebles and Ferguson Architects of Norfolk barely hinted at the innovative mandate given to the fledgling institution: the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was to serve as the state’s flagship art museum and as the headquarters for an educational network that would bring the best of world art, past and present, to every corner of the commonwealth.
I recently visited the VMFA, a local art museum that I found to be somewhat overrated. While there was certainly a lot of variety in the art styles on display, I didn't find the museum to be... Read more
Wow! I was in Richmond, VA on a business trip in mid-January 2023 and really enjoyed a brief stop here. First, the cafe is a lovely spot for coffee and a light lunch with a view of the... Read more
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA as locals call it) has a scenic garden space as well as plenty of exhibits on the inside for viewing. You can visit the museum for free, but if you want to... Read more
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
- Wed - Fri: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Sun - Tue, Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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