On Display: Virginia's Museum Exhibitions

    'Vase with Cornflowers and Poppies,' Vincent van Gogh, 1887, (Dutch, 1853–1890; active in France)

    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

    Richmond - Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower is the first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century and you can see at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sixty-four paintings by more than 30 artists are included in this exhibition. Notable artists include Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse. March 21 - June 21 


    • Special Travel Package: The Jefferson Hotel welcomes you to explore Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse while staying luxury. Package includes your choice of accommodations, traditional Southern breakfast for two, breakfast gratuity, two tickets to the VMFA exhibit, valet parking and transportation to and from the museum. Rates from $325 per room per night.


    Lynchburg - Aves: Birds from the Natural History and Art Collections at Randolph College is a collaborative exhibition between the Maier Museum of Art and the Randolph College Natural History Collections Project, highlighting the history and aesthetics of ornithological specimens and avian art in both collections.The exhibit will feature specimens from the newly acquired Walter A. Weber Bird Collection (donated in October, 2014 by his daughter, Toni Piggott), surrounded by artwork from the permanent art collection featuring bird imagery. January 22 - April 12

    Falmouth - Melchers' The Crimson Rambler is a spotlight exhibition of Gari Melchers' "second half" landscape work. He was known for his paintings of the human figure and did not venture into landscapes until later in his career. The Crimson Rambler is on loan from a private collection; see it while you can. February 28 - June 7



    Kids Big & Little

    Norfolk - The newly expanded and renovated Chrysler Museum of Art invites you to come celebrates the creativity, technology, and industry that put visual effects and virtual worlds at your fingertips (and thumbs) over the last four decades with their new exhibit, The Art of Video Games. February 13 - May 10

    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

    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

    Norfolk - Shooting Lincoln: Photography and Sixteenth President is an exhibit of 40 to 50 rarely shown Civil War-vintage images from the David L. Hack Collection at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The collection includes studio portraits, battlefield scenes, and photos from the historic procession. February 10 - July 5

    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

    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

    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

Last Updated: 3/25/2015 6:01 PM
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