Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

About Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences, and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to presenting a wide array of special exhibitions, the museum provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a global collection of art that spans more than 6,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass nearly 50,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of Art Nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is also home to important collections of Chinese art, English silver, French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British sporting, and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan, and African art. In May 2010 VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its history.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission.


Painting conservation Intern

June 2021 Richmond, VA
“The conservation department as a whole was very welcoming and friendly. The painting conservators were all very knowledgeable and helpful whenever I had any questions. I performed a cleaning treatment on a painting that provided a wealth of new experiences. The Museum has an amazing collection that enabled me to look at a variety of painting conditions and materials.”

Cafe staff

October 2019 - June 2020 Richmond, VA
“The Best Cafe has great hours to work, a fun staff of mostly recent graduates, and managers that are open and easy to access. I enjoyed that the position had a lighter workload than other food service jobs and additional promotional opportunities to visit new exhibitions at a lower (or free of cost) rate. ”
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