Early Childhood Group Visits

Preschool students asking questions in a gallery visit to VMFAExplore color, culture, shape, form, movement, math, science, literature, and history — all while viewing works of art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collection.

Preschool Experiences

Children ages 4 and 5, explore color, culture, shape, form, movement, math, science, literature, and history, all while viewing works of art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collection.

Toddler Adventures

Toddlers, ages 2 and 3, view works on display during an interactive gallery walk, participate in playful movement activities, story time, and explore safe art materials in the studio.

Tour Info

All Group Visits are $10 per child, and are available September through May. A maximum of 16 children and 5 adults can be accommodated. Minimum of 10 children.

Each visit lasts 90 minutes. Preschool Visits include an exploratory introduction, two gallery tours, an art activity, , and 10-minute story time. Toddler visits include an interactive gallery walk, story time, play activities and a multi-sensory art experience in the studio.

Please have one adult chaperone for every 5 students (limit 3 chaperones per group of 16; no additional children or visitors permitted). Tour capacities are based on gallery availability and materials provided.

Day + Time

Available Sept/October through May 18, 2015
Mondays, 10 – 11:30 am
Arrival and departure times are not included. Please plan accordingly.


Please check in at the security desk upon entering the Student Group Entrance and give the total number of students and adults. Lori Valente (or a designated VMFA staff person) will be there to walk your group to the Art Education Center where you will begin the program.

Reservations + Registration

To schedule your preschool’s group visit, please call Lori Valente Coffey, Early Childhood Programs Educator, at 804.340.1343 or email lori.coffey@vmfa.museum, no less than 3 weeks prior to your requested date. Payments of $10 per child are to be made in advance, once reservations have been confirmed. Reservations are subject to availability.

Please have the following information ready:
School name, address, and phone number
Contact person or teacher’s name, e-mail address, and cell phone number
Theme of interest
Number of students and ages
Date for Request, plus an alternate date(s), if possible


Fees are nonrefundable for cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled visit.


Early Childhood Group Visit themes and lessons are based on the Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.

Me, Myself and Art
Explore concepts of self, identity, and community in art from around the world. Early Learners will create personalized portraits using a variety of materials while discussing important figures in their lives.

1-2-3-4-5 Senses!
Activate all five of your senses as you explore VMFA’s campus and participate in an exploratory studio art project. 

Artistic Animals
Get artsy as you explore the animals of VMFA! Delve into animal characteristics, explore vastly different habitats and observe animals in sculptures and paintings in the galleries.