Adult Group Visits

695-gallery-talk-E0124131Guided tours are available for groups of 10–50 adults, including group luncheons and discounts to special exhibitions. These tours are based on Docent and gallery availability and require at least a three weeks notice. Permanent collection tours cost $7 per person.

College tours are also available here. 

Adult Tour Offerings:

  1. African American Arts: (Groups of 10–40)
    Expand your knowledge and gain greater appreciation for African American art and
    Artists by examining the work in VMFA’s permanent collection
  2. An American Experience: (Groups of 10–40)
    Explore the history of American Art, from pre-colonial to contemporary. This tour includes VMFA’s new McGlothlin Collection, spanning the formative century from 1830 to 1930, from the Hudson River School to Modernism, and holding works from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and George Bellows, just to name a few.
  3. Artful Impressions: (Groups of 10–40)
    Color and light! Learn how some artists from the late 19th century rejected traditional painting and inspired new ways to look at art for generations to come.
  4. Decorative Arts: (Groups of 10–40)
    Explore how style changed with the advent of the industrial age, beginning with a desire for items based on themes in nature, to a more streamlined emphasis on sleek geometric design, celebrating the modern age. The British Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco will be included in this tour.
  5. Highlights Tour: (Groups of 10–50)
    Enjoy a tour of some of the highlights in VMFA’s permanent collection. This tour is a great introduction to the art collected in our nation’s first state supported museum!
  6. The Classics: (Groups of 10–40)
    Discover the world of ancient Greeks and Romans and explore the influence they had on art throughout history.
  7. The VMFA Experience: (Groups of 5–15) – $15.00 per person
    Facilitated by a docent, visitors will participate in a series of activities that will lead to observation, critical thinking, discussion and discovery! This gallery experience is guided by reflection, group work and imagination. This tour lasts approximately 11/2 hours and is largely based on participation. Be prepared to share and become part of the experience!
  8. Faberge and Russian Decorative Arts (Groups of 10–30)
    Enjoy a guided tour of our newly renovated Faberge and Russian Decorative Arts galleries. VMFA holds the largest public collection of Faberge outside of Russia!

Special Exhibitions:

Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China – November 18, 2017 – March 11, 2018

Discover the mysteries of ancient China. Featuring more than 120 works – many excavated from the burial site of China’s first emperor, Ying Zheng – this exhibition includes life-size terracotta figures, arms and armor, bronze vessels, jade ornaments, ceramics and more that date from 770 BC to the end of the Qin dynasty in 206 BC. These objects represent the complex history, myths and burial customs of ancient China, and explore the first emperor’s profound influence on Chinese history.

Individual tickets $20, seniors and groups of 10 or more – $16

Ticket and audio guide-$25, seniors and groups of 10 or more – $21

Ticket and docent guided tour for groups of 10 or more (limited to groups of 40 people with three weeks’ notice and based on docent availability) $23

  • Self-directed visit (groups of 10 or more) – $18 per person

Self-Directed Visits

  1. Walk-In Highlights tours: (Groups of 10 or less)
    These tours are offered at varying times throughout the day. Click here for more information.
  2. Scavenger Hunts: $10.00 per person
    These hunts are a fun and challenging, teambuilding exercise. Have a good time, learn about art and win a prize!

    1. Artful Globe Trekking: (Groups of 4–48)
      Look for clues while enjoying international art in VMFA’s permanent collection.
    2. War and Peace: (Groups of 4–56 people)
      Traverse the galleries while viewing art based on famous battles and wars that shaped society and literature.
    3. Superstars of the VMFA: (Groups of 4–44 people)
      Enjoy a mini “pop” culture excursion through the past, to view famous artists and their, sometimes even more popular, subjects.
    4. Garden Party: (Groups of 4 – 72 people)
      Challenge yourself and your friends, while learning how nature has affected art through the centuries.
    5. East Meets West: (Groups of 4 – 84 people)
      Experience a fun and competitive way to view art from
      the Eastern Hemisphere and see how it affected art worldwide.

For more information, please contact our Adult and College Group Tours Department at 804.340.1575 or email us at

Reservations: Request your group visit online, by phone at 804.340.1575, or by email at Unfortunately, we may not be able to fulfill all tour requests as exceptions apply around holidays and tour dates and times are based on Docent and gallery availability.

Request a Group Visit or Tour

Please note: One tour guide is scheduled for every 20 adults, based on the gallery. It is important that you finalize the number in your group two weeks prior to your tour, so that we can accurately schedule tour guides. Should your final group number exceed the maximum allowed per Docent, your tour may default to a self-directed visit. 

Reservations: Request your group visit online, by phone at 804.340.1575, or by email at


Group luncheons in the Marble Hall are available for groups of 20 or more. Group menu only. Please provide us with your guaranteed guest count at least three weeks prior to your visit and your lunch selections at least three weeks prior. We will invoice you for this minimum number and prepayment must be made at least one week prior to your visit.

For more information, please fill out a Group Visit Form or contact Group Sales at 804.340.1575 or

Your group may also enjoy lunch at either of VMFA’s two dining establishments: Best Café, which is first-come, first-served, or Amuse Restaurant, which requires reservations. Phone 804.340.1580 for reservations at Amuse.


Bus parking is available at the back of the parking deck. Car parking is $5 per day for nonmembers and free for members. For more information, visit Directions + Parking and Campus Map.

Self-Directed Visits

Self-directed group visits of VMFA’s permanent collection are free and available Mon – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm; Thu and Fri until 9 pm. Special exhibitions will be discounted for groups of 10 or more.

Reservations: Request your group visit online, by phone at 804.340.1575, or by email at Unfortunately, we may not be able to fulfill all tour requests as tour dates and times are based on Docent and gallery availability.