If you are planning to visit Richmond, the VMFA should be on top of your "to visit" list. Construction of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts began in 1934 and was opened on January 16th 1936. However, the original concept for the museum took root in 1919. In 1919 Judge John Barton made a donation of fifty paintings to the Commonwealth. Payne later collaborated with Virginia Governor John Pollard and was able to secure federal funds to start the museum in 1932.
The main museum building was designed by Norfolk based architects Peebles and Ferguson. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts now ranks among the top ten comprehensive art museums in the world with a unique collection that encompasses more than 5000 years of human creative achievements.
The museum was expanded in 2010, and as a result, the new museum has almost 4 acres of museum space, two restaurants, a 13.5 acre sculptured garden and special exhibitions. Admission to the museum and viewing of its permanent collections is free. Although, special exhibitions and other programs are ticketed.
Enjoy free walk-in tours daily. Group tours can be arranged with prior reservation. The VMFA also offers classes and programs for all age groups. If you are in Richmond, this is a must see you won't regret. There's plenty of fun things to do and kids will love it.
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