40 or More Free Travels: Take in the Arts

    The Rex Theater, Galax.

    If you appreciate the arts, you'll find something easy on the eye in Virginia.

    Ears, too, for that matter!


    Torpedo Factory Art Center - Alexandria. Art in progress. That's what you'll find at this world-renowned art center just outside Washington D.C. Housed in a former torpedo factory, the art center is home to 82 studios and six galleries.

    The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia – Charlottesville. Art from around the world dating from ancient times to the present day is on display at the University’s fine art museum.  The galleries exhibit American and European painting and sculpture of the 15th - 19th centuries including art from the "Age of Thomas Jefferson" (1775- 1825), art from the ancient Mediterranean, Asian art, and 20th century art.

    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and Study Center - Charlottesville. The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the largest collection of Indigenous Australian art outside Australia, and comprises over 1800 objects and paintings created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from different regions of Australia.

    P. Buckley Moss Museum - Waynesboro. A house closely resembling many large homes in the Shenandoah Valley, the Moss Museum exhibits the works of Pat Buckley Moss. Since the early 1960's, Moss has found her inspiration and much of her subject matter in the Valley scenery and in the Amish and Mennonite people of the area.

    Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History – Danville. Housed in the Sutherlin Mansion on Danville’s “Millionaires Row” the museum now houses art exhibits and historical displays. After fleeing Richmond at the end of the Civil War, Confederate president Jefferson Davis occupied the house until learning of Lee’s surrender. Accordingly, Danville is called the "Last Capital of the Confederacy."

    Rex Theater – Galax. The sounds of classic Virginia bluegrass, gospel and old time music echo through the streets of Galax on Friday nights when top performers take the stage at the 400-seat Rex Theater. Admission is free, but get there early for a good seat.

    Mt. Pony Theater – Culpeper. Home to more than one million film, television and video recordings – some dating to the 1890s – the National Audio/Visual Conservation Center’s 200-seat theater shows classic films in a state-of-the-art setting. The theater hosts three shows per week. Free, but reservations are strongly recommended.

    The Prizery – South Boston. Housed in a 36,000-square-foot historic tobacco warehouse building, The Prizery includes permanent and temporary exhibits of art and history. Galleries showcase the work of local and international talent. South Boston’s Welcome Center is also on site, providing information on local sites and attractions.

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Last Updated: 9/25/2014 11:07 AM
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