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3207 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230
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Arts & Museums
Designed especially for young children, this innovative museum lets kids explore the wonders of the world around them and have fun at the same time. All exhibits are interactive and encourage children and adults to participate. The Tour de Tummy teaches about the digestive system as children and adults enter through the giant mouth into the stomach. The museum is located next to the Science Museum of Virginia. Special events occur throughout the year; check the calendar on the website.
Explore the universe at Richmond's Science Museum. A variety of hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theater make this spot a favorite for families. Children and adults will find something to fascinate them at every turn. The museum features a children's theater, live shows of the current night sky and a journey into the living cell. Also shown here are current IMAX films.
The Virgina Center for Architecture is a museum dedicated to, as the name implies, architecture as well as design. The historic home it is located in Branch House, which houses exhibitions about architecture, interior design and more. They also host architectural walking tours in the area.
For 150 years the Virginia Historical Society has been collecting portraits, manuscripts and artifacts, such as books, bound serials, sheet music, the largest collection of Confederate-made weapons in the world and much more. Semi-permanent exhibits include, "The Story of Virginia, an American Experience" and "The Seasons of the Confederacy." During 2014, most of the exhibition places will be closed for renovations - however, the library, museum shop and select programs are still available.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts contains comprehensive collections of works from ancient times to the present. Permanent exhibits include pieces from ancient Greece, a tapestry hall, a medieval chapel and the largest collection of Faberge eggs outside of Russia. A regular schedule of temporary exhibits rounds out this comprehensive art museum. A peaceful sculpture garden provides a place for a quiet rest beside the rushing fountains. Admission is free, although USD5 donations are suggested.
The Crossroads Art Center in Richmond is where to be when you want to showcase your works of art, no matter the medium. Whether its photography, painting, drawing or fabrics, Crossroads is open to entries - if selected, you are able to secure a booth to show off your art at a monthly showing. If you just want to buy some new art or decor for your home, then stop by and peruse what the local talents have to offer. You can also take art classes, from mosaics to painting, which are taught by local artists.
A cornerstone remains from a German synagogue burned in the 1939 Kristalnacht and the Beth Ahaba Museum and Archive rests upon it. In addition to this moving memorial, the museum features a collection of artifacts of Jewish life and history. There is also an archival research center.
Virginia Commonwealth University has a long-standing tradition of artistic excellence. In the 1960s, it was the foremost visual art school in the country and is still very highly regarded. Student, faculty and touring works are featured at the Anderson Gallery. Both national and international artists are spotlighted. Past exhibits include a sculpture exhibit curated by playwright Edward Albee.
Step through the enchanting garden-like courtyard of the Thomas Kinkade Gallery. You will find yourself surrounded by soft, impressionistic paintings full of light, color and texture. Artists Thomas Kinkade and Howard Belurens depict scenes ranging from the Chicago Water Tower to wide open spaces and flowing rivers. Kinkade is an award-winning painter who has been honored along with Norman Rockwell as a charter inductee into the Bradford International Hall of Fame for Plate Artists. Belurens has been painting since the Depression.
Openings on the first Friday of each month bring new artists to the Chasen Galleries. Featuring a larger grouping of artists, numerous mediums are represented here including paintings, sculpture and pottery. Also featured are works of 3D art, ceramic tile pieces and glazed tile paintings. Chasen has a fine collection of estate art and fine art books as well.
Artwork by a network of established and emerging artists in a variety of mediums is on display at Quirk Gallery. Sculpture, painting, jewelry and more is available for viewing and purchase. The friendly staff is always willing to help visitors figure out what artwork is best for them.
Richmond has an exceptional art scene and 1708 is its foremost gallery. This is an artist-supported gallery providing a showcase for emerging and established talent. Openings on the first Friday of each month bring artists, students and the public together to view new works by painters, sculptors and photographers. Musicians provide additional entertainment at these events, and beer and wine is available at minimal cost.