A Day At The Museum

An artistic treasure is located thirty miles from my home. It is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Every time I visit there, I leave promising to myself to get there more frequently. Although I am a paying member, entrance for the public is free. Yes, free.

My husband and I enjoy attending ‘special’ shows together. Usually we go in the morning and have a nice lunch in the museum cafe. Because of all kinds of schedule conflicts, we were catching a great show very close to the end of its run. We knew there were going to be crowds and lines. So with that in mind, we decided to just chill, go with the flow, and soak in the beauty of the place.

VMFA is impressive, as one exits the parking deck (parking is free if one is a museum member).

Entrance of the museum from the parking deck.

Entrance of the museum from the parking deck.

The grounds around the museum are beautiful and filled with sculptures, recent installations, a stair step waterfall, a pond, and, of course, nature itself. It is a wonderful feast for the eyes if you take advantage of the outdoor dining that the cafe offers.

This is not only a beautiful display effort and nature, the sound of the water is so mesmerizing.

This is not only a beautiful display of art and nature, the sound of the cascading water is so mesmerizing.

'Reclining Figure' by Henri Moore.

‘Reclining Figure’ by Henri Moore.

That stone Victorian house across the street is where museum adult art classes are taught. There are teacher and student shows open to the public. Definitely worth a peak!

That stone Victorian house across the street is where the museum adult art classes are taught. There are teacher and student shows open to the public. Definitely worth a peak!

'Red Reeds' by Dale Chihuly is in the permanent collection. In the winter, when it has snowed, just amazing....

‘Red Reeds’ by Dale Chihuly is in the permanent collection. In the winter, when it has snowed, just amazing….

Richmond, VA will be hosting the 2015  International Cycling Championships.

Richmond, VA will be hosting the 2015 International Cycling Championships. The sign explains what these are all about.

My favorite! I do love bees.

My favorite! I do love bees.

Finally, after all the photo-taking and snacking, it was our time to explore the show. This is what the crowds of museum visitors was all about. I even downloaded the phone app to get the audio tour…so convenient!

Cleverly curated. Even had a room with a vase of flowers and sketching material for museum visitors, who then got to hang their work on an available wall.

Cleverly curated. Even had a room with a vase of live flowers and sketching materials for museum visitors to fulfill their creative juices. They then were encouraged to hang their work on an available wall set aside for their creations.

This was my favorite. I love Van Gogh.

'Vase of Flowers' by Van Gogh

‘Vase of Flowers’ by Vincent Van Gogh

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