A blog by staff and others about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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“Greatest Movie Ever Made” to Play at VMFA

In 1963, a motion picture production ballooned into a behemoth extravaganza the likes of which filmdom had never seen. The elements were worthy of classic tragedy: overweening hubris, colossal blundering, a strong scent of scandal, an astonishing lack of shame, and somewhere in there was some astounding filmmaking. This was the spectacle of Cleopatra made…

Mummy of Nesperennub hi res

Dress like an Egyptian – see the exhibition for free!

It’s hard to imagine how we could make our new special exhibition, Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb, more fun, but we have. And you’re an integral part. On opening day, Saturday, November 19, VMFA will offer free admission to the first 200 nonmembers that arrive at the museum in Egyptian-themed costume. It’s your opportunity to…

Confederate chapel with cannon

VMFA and Confederate History

What’s going on? In recent weeks a group calling itself Virginia Flaggers has undertaken a campaign asking that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts mount Confederate battle flags on the Confederate Memorial Chapel. The endeavor has included demonstrations on site, blog postings, and contact with patrons, legislators, and media. The museum administration has recently met…


Cheers to Beers!

Thank goodness it’s finally here! Beer Week, a week we look forward to all year. Amuse is offering a special prix fixe menu for a dinner beer extravaganza featuring 5 courses with 5 beers on Tuesday, November 8, at 6:00pm. See if you can resist: Rappahannock Fried Oysters / Meyer Lemon Aioli Saison DuPont Farmhouse…

Confederate Monuments Newspaper cropped

VMFA’s past is now present

On the occasion of its 75th anniversary and the national commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, VMFA has installed new outdoor signs on its campus that interpret the history of the Confederate Soldiers’ Home, a residential compound for poor veterans that once stood on the site between 1885 and 1941. Established by R.…

Mummy Secrets of the Tomb

Mummy love, or dress like an Egyptian

In anticipation and celebration of Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb (Nov 19, 2011 – March 11, 2012) VMFA is sponsoring a Mummy Love program. Anyone may participate, provided they follow the guidelines below. Mummy Love will begin on October 29 at 10 am and continue through the holiday season. On October 29 at 10 am…