Preschool 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.

Tour Info

All Preschool Group Visits, which are only available during the school year, are $10 per child and can accommodate up to a maximum of 16 children, ages 3 – 5. Each visit lasts 90 minutes and includes two 20-minute gallery tours plus a 25-minute art activity, 15-minute exploratory exercise, and 10-minute story time.

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

Day + Time
Available through May 18, 2015
Mondays or Fridays, 10 – 11:30 am
Arrival and departure times are not included. Please plan accordingly.

Check in at the desk upon entering the Student Group Entrance and give the total number of students and adults. Lori Valente Coffey (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 Educator at 804.340.1343 or email, no less than three weeks prior to your requested date. Payments are to be made in advance, once reservations have been confirmed.

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
Date for Request, plus an alternate date(s), if possible

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


Me, Myself and Art
Explore concepts of identity, community, culture, and geography in art from around the world. Preschool students 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.