Adult Group Visits

695-gallery-talk-E0124131Guided tours are available for groups of 10 – 40 adults. These tours require a three-week notice, and are based on Docent and gallery availability. VMFA Scavenger Hunts and Discounts to Special Exhibitions are also available to groups of 10 or more. If you have a group of 20 or more, our Group Tour Department can arrange a Marble Hall Group Luncheon. All tours, tickets, scavenger hunts and lunches are based on availability.

College tours are also available here. 

Adult Tour Offerings:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The Classics: (Groups of 10–40)
    Discover the world of ancient Greeks and Romans and explore the influence they had on art throughout history.
  • Faberge and Russian Decorative Arts: (Groups of 10 – 15)
    Enjoy a guided tour of the largest public collection of Faberge outside of Russia!
  • 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, imagination and participation. This tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Come prepared to share and be part of the experience!

Special Exhibitions:

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment
April 27 – August 18, 2019
Immersive, visually compelling exhibition that leads its audience along a Tibetan Buddhist path to enlightenment, revealing spectacular art along the physical journey through the galleires.

  • Individual tickets – $15
  • Self-directed visit for a group of 10 or more – $12

Self-Directed Visits

  • Walk-In Highlights tours: (Groups of 10 or less)
    These tours are offered at varying times throughout the day. Click here for more information.
  • Scavenger Hunts – $10 per person – Offered Monday through Friday, based on availability.
    These hunts are a fun and challenging team-building exercise. Have a great time while learning about art. Maybe you’ll even win a prize!

    • Garden Party: (Groups of 10 – 40 people)
      Stroll through a garden of cultures and artists. Learn how nature has effected art through the Centuries.
    • Superstars of the VMFA: (Groups of 10 – 44 people)
      Enjoy a mini “pop” culture excursion through the past to view famous artists, and their popular Subjects.
    • Artful Globe Trekking: (Groups of 10 – 48 people)
      Look for clues while enjoying international art in VMFA’s permanent collection.
    • War and Peace: (10 – 56 people)
      Traverse the galleries and look for art based on famous battles and wars that shaped society and literature.
    • The Pursuit of Power: (10 – 70 people)
      Navigate VMFA’s permanent collection and find ways an image can denote power and wealth.
    • East Meets West: (10 – 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 groupsales@vmfa.museum.

Reservations: Request your group visit online, by phone at 804.340.1575, or by email at groupsales@vmfa.museum. We, unfortunately, may not be able to fill all requests. Exceptions apply around holidays. Tour dates and times are subject to 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 to finalize your guest count two weeks prior to your visit, so we may properly schedule tour guides. Should your guest count exceed the maximum allowed per Docent, your tour may default to a self-directed visit.

Lunch

Group luncheons in the Marble Hall are available for groups of 20 or more (based on availability) Group menu only. Please provide us with your menu selection at least three weeks prior to your visit. Final guest count is required at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Once your final count is received we will send you the total amount due. Full payment is due one week before your luncheon is scheduled.

For more information, please fill out a Group Request Form or contact Group Tours at 804.340.1575 or groupsales@vmfa.museum.

Your group may also enjoy lunch in either of VMFA’s dining establishments:

  • Best Café is VMFA’s casual, cafeteria-style restaurant, which is first come first served.
  • Amuse is our full service restaurant, and does require reservations. Call 804.340.1575 to make reservations.

Parking

Bus parking is available at the back of the parking deck. Car parking is $6 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 groupsales@vmfa.museum. Unfortunately, we may not be able to fulfill all tour requests as tour dates and times are based on Docent and gallery availability.