On Display: Virginia's Museum Exhibitions

    Seal “Jing Tian Qin Min” with Dragon Knob, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period © The Palace MuseumNick Brandt, Elephant with Exploding Dust, Amboseli, 2004, archival pigment print. ©Nick BrandtColors of the Gray: Consecration and ControversyGarden & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon

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

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




    Beautiful Art

    Richmond - Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing. Drawn from the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, Forbidden City will offer visitors a unique journey through a palace once forbidden to the general public, and provide a glimpse into this hidden world through rich and diverse objects from the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the first art museum in the United States to establish an extensive collaborative project with the Palace Museum in Beijing, and this is the first time VMFA will host an exhibition of Chinese art directly from China. Through January 11, 2015.

     Lynchburg - The Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: "A Menagerie of Metaphors" features artists who present a wide range of responses to the animal, including Jane Alexander, Louise Bourgeois, Nick Brandt, Walton Ford, Jenny Lynn McNutt, Jane Rosen, and Kiki Smith. Through December 14, 2014



    Kids Big & Little

    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

    Montpelier Station - Currently on display in the south wing of the Montpelier mansion is A Young Nation Stands: James Madison and the War of 1812. The exhibit uses innovative technology to immerse visitors in the decisions faced by Madison as Great Britain violated American trading rights and impressed sailors into the British navy. A touch-screen map illustrates how the war played out on land and at sea. Through December 31, 2014.

    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.  

    Richmond - Colors of the Gray: Consecration and Controversy - Think you know the whole story of the Confederate flag? Guess again. The flag everyone recognizes was only one battle flag out of many—so how did one pattern achieve primacy among the public? Discover how it has been used to symbolize everything from heritage to discrimination, and continues to be redefined in modern pop culture. Through December 31, 2014.

    Norfolk - Stewards of the Sea - In partnership with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus, U.S. Fleet Forces Command has created Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment. The 1,000-square-foot, highly interactive exhibit uses immersive scenarios to explore how the Navy protects marine life while fulfilling its mission. Through March 2019.

    Discover more great exhibits this year.

Last Updated: 12/18/2014 2:00 PM
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