On Display: Virginia's Museum Exhibitions

    Colleen Browning's "Red Umbrella," 1972From the JFS Collection at Beth Ahabah MuseumJapanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition

    Virginia's museums offer amazing temporary exhibits in addition to their permanent collections.

    Every visit is brand new!


    Beautiful Art | Kids Big & Little 
    History You Want to See  




    Beautiful Art

    Montpeilier - Experience the world through the lens of photographer, Marti Belcher. Her stunning images are presented in A Box of Crayons, which gives you insight about her persistent curiosity about people other cultures and ideas. July 2 - August 12

    Bluefield - Impaired Perceptions is an exhibition by Brian Charles Steel, a fine art photographer and disability activist. He is best known for his black and white portrait series Impaired Perceptions. The series empowers people with physical impairments by encouraging individualization. His photography and writing have been featured on CNN and Disability Horizons. May 8 - August 21 

    Lynchburg - Modern & Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collections includes a variety of media, from recent acquisitions to lesser-seen pieces. May 28 - August 16

    Richmond - Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition focuses on the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists –Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka),Horitomo, Horishiki, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken – inspired by the Japanese tradition of tattooing and heavily influenced by the traditional Japanese arts of calligraphy and ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking. May 29 - September 27

    Williamsburg - The Muscarelle Museum proudly announces the exhibition Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting after the Renaissance, featuring more than twenty important paintings and sculptures of the 17th and 18th centuries from the renowned Haukohl Family Collection. April 25 - January 17, 2016



    Kids Big & Little

    Newport News - Get hands-on when you bring the ocean floor to the surface at EXTREME DEEP: Mission to the Abyss. You'll go over the Titanic's deck to check out the sea floor and peer through Alvin's four-inch view-port window. It's so cool! May 16 - September 7

    Norfolk - Experience this summer’s popular interactive espionage game that has participants exploring the on the Battleship Wisconsin, breaking codes and navigating through lasers. The ultimate family experience, Spy Ship! June 15 - September 7

    Newport News - Explore TOAD-ally cool creatures and get eyeball to eyeball with live frogs from around the world at the new "Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum. View more than 70 live frogs from across the globe, complete with their noisy croaks, yaps, chirps, whoops, snores and whistles. Get interactive to learn about their biology, their importance to the ecosystem, and the perils they face in a changing environment. March 14 - September 7

    Richmond - The Science Museum of Virginia invites you to Boost! your creativity, flexibility, memory, strength (well, you get the picture) in their first new permanent exhibition in a decade. Boost! is a new approach to wellness and self-improvement. It’s neither a sports nor a traditional health exhibit - it’s innovative and insightful, sharing important scientific knowledge about sleep, memory and physical fitness and the interrelationships among these areas. Through March 2, 2016



    History You Want to See

    Williamsburg - The Mariners' Museum has loaned more than 100 objects to Jamestown Settlement for the special "Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe" exhibit. The exhibit explores the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, beginning with the Powhatan people 400 years ago. Through September 8

    Falmouth - Julius Melchers' Captain Jack is a celebrated cigar store Indian figure. Julius Melcher was artist Gari Merlchers' father and mentor. September 22 - January 3, 2016

    Williamsburg - Historic Jamestowne unveiled the new "The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed" exhibit in June 2014. See it this year and appreciate the fruits of 20 years of excavation! Thousands of artifacts have been unearthed at James Fort, illuminating the Chesapeake Indian people's early contact with Jamestown settlers from 1607 to 1614. Expect to see clay pots and pipes, shell beads, bone and stone tools, and more. Through December 31

    Richmond - From the late 1970s through the early 2000s, the Richmond Jewish Community united to help Soviet Jews become Americans. The Other Side of the Curtain: Soviet Jews Create New Lives in Richmond, Virginia is an exhibit that includes original documents, photographs and illustrations the tell of the experience, impressions, and expectations over this period of time. Through December 31

    Montpelier Station - Everybody Loves Mrs. Madison: Dolley Madison in Letters and Pictures is an introduction to the original presidential spouse to be called "First Lady," Dolley Madison. Get to know her through her personal letters, a daguerreotype by the famed artist Matthew Brady, and a commemorative silver dollar designed by Tiffany & Co. for U.S. Mint. Through January 3, 2016

    Mount Vernon - Explore George Washington’s design for the grounds of his estate, highlighting the first president’s interests and talents as a landscape designer through the exciting new exhibition, Garden & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon. The exhibit showcases more than 40 objects combining rarely-seen items from Mount Vernon’s collection with original Washington books and letter loaned from institutions across the country.  Through January 10, 2016  

    Norfolk - Stewards of the Sea - Become immersed in this 1,000 square foot display that examines the way the Navy protects marine life while performing and fulfilling the mission. Through March 13, 2019

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