On Display: Virginia's Museum Exhibitions

    Seal “Jing Tian Qin Min” with Dragon Knob, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period © The Palace Museum"Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" at Virginia Living MuseumThe World of Pocahontas, Unearthed at Historic JamestowneGarden & 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

    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.

     Martinsville - The Art of the Quilt - For the ninth year, over 40 quilt artists from across the Southeast will exhibit work in this biennial invitational exhibition, curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler. Works by members of Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild will also be on display in the Lynwood Artists Gallery. Through January 24, 2015



    Kids Big & Little

    Manassas - The brand new "What's Under Your Feet?" exhibit at The Manassas Museum is a hands-on experience for anyone who wishes to dig a little. See the objects found from the Mayfield Earthwork Fort, Liberia Plantation, the Manassas Industrial School, and the old slave quarter building at Clover Hill Farm. Through February 15, 2015.

    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 through September 7, 2015.

    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, 2015.

    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, 2015.

    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.

Last Updated: 1/6/2015 9:55 AM
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