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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been selected for the 2016 Certificate of Excellence

  We’re thrilled to announce that Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been selected for the 2016 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews you’ve earned on TripAdvisor. “With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry…

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Painting once lost to Nazis now on display at VMFA

Read what the Wall Street Journal had to say about our recent acquisition of “Sand Hills in Grünau” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. We are very excited for this piece to have found its new home in our Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection. Visit this work and learn more about its fascinating history in the Frederick…

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Thank You VMFA Volunteers!

Every year, more than 800 incredible community volunteers and interns of all ages, backgrounds, and interests donate their time and talents to VMFA. Volunteers are utilized seven days a week, from before the museum opens to after it closes, and serve in a wide variety of roles. Whether they’re greeting and escorting visitors, assisting children…

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What’s new (and old) in Richmond, Virginia’s trendy capital

By Erica Jackson Curran Washington Post In June visitors will see Kehinde Wiley’s “A New Republic,” a collection of portraits that explores themes such as race, gender and politics. From the stately mansions on Monument Avenue to the ramshackle rowhouses of historic Jackson Ward, Richmond is a city of contrasts — populated by everyone from…

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A Curator’s Gallery-by-Gallery Guide to Rodin

Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the European Art Department, who organized this exhibition for VMFA, points out some of the not-to-be-missed highlights in each gallery of the exhibition. Gallery 1 Gallery 2 Gallery 3 Gallery 4  Gallery 5     Gallery 6 Gallery 7 Gallery 8   Curator’s Tip I encourage all visitors to dip into the…

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Nightfall: Sensory Experiences

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. Many of the prints in Nightfall focus on responses…

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Nightfall: Divine Apparitions

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. Nightfall includes two scenes of divine apparitions: William Strang’s…

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Nightfall: Nighttime

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. Nighttime, a period in which darkness and drowsiness often…

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Nightfall: Nightlife

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. During the 19th and 20th centuries, rampant industrialization and…