First Time at Richmond Art Museum

Richmond, Virginia is a town with a very complicated history and since neither of us had spent any time there we weren’t sure what we would find.  Turns out it is one of those smaller cities that looks much like many others we have seen in our travel.  The big difference is Richmond, VA was the home of the confederacy and there are LOTS of Civil war confederate memorials everywhere.  By choice we decided to skip those and instead we went to visit the Art Museum.

Richmond has it’s own museum district and many of those museums are free.  The big draw for me though was this particular museum has a Faberge collection and I absolutely love Faberge anything.  Turned out to be a great choice because for a smallish town they had an excellent and varied collection.  The museum was 100% masks and since we went early the crowds were very small.  Plus did I mention free 🙂 Here is a pictorial tour of what we saw and although I didn’t include everything it will give you a feel for what they have.  I really enjoyed it.    

Outside of the museum


Right across the street from a well to do neighborhood


Interior…It is a bit of a maze and easy to miss a section if you don’t use the map





The Asian sections were broken up by country which I appreciated. Many of the sections were from private collections that had been donated over the years.  Others were loans from different museums, which I also thought was pretty cool. 









Loved this bath…took up an entire room


Lee only got in trouble once for getting too close to the exhibits 🙂


This is a super cool sculpture of a chariot pulled by 7 horses. Love the way they made that work. It’s amazing this survived to present day.


The layout is in chronological order, but  I say roughly because it was definitely not a straight line from one room to another.  Still we started with the oldest and as much as possible worked our way up through history. 





I found this statue particularly interesting. It was a saint who had his head chopped off. I don’t think I have ever seen a statue that was holding his own head like this.

When we hit the Faberge section I was thrilled. All the items came from one person’s collection and although the five eggs were definitely the star there were tons of examples of other types of work.  That was just as interesting and this area (for me) was worth the visit. 



The eggs all had their own special cases


The detail on the eggs was extraordinary and not really captured by the pictures although Lee did his best.  This one was devoted to the Red Cross.






The inside piece is taken out and displayed in the next picture


This was my favorite


The small paintings that rotated were stunning.

Along with the eggs there were small figurines, religious icons and even furniture.  I spent a ton of time in this area. 

One of the rare pieces of furniture made



This is a caviar serving platter

Across from the Faberge area was a silver area.  I didn’t find this nearly as impressive although I did like a couple of items. 

These salt holders were really cool



I loved loved this painting

Lee loved this one



I loved this picture. It is supposed to represent a good marriage and the various things in the picture stand for a variety of temptations


This was my absolute favorite though. Again the picture does not come close to showing the delicacy of the rainbow at the bottom of the falls

They had a mummy and keeping in mind how I felt about the skeleton at Jamestown I didn’t stay and gawk much


Here’s the reproduction of the head. This is an odd thing they are doing now.

There was a large African and Columbian art section as well. 


This is a death mask. I really liked how she is smiling in it. Really spoke to me


And I loved these woven foot covers. I own a pair of socks that looks kind of like this


Neither one of us really liked the modern art section that much


Although this Andy Warhol was pretty cool


And I really liked this picture


Most of it was just kind of weird though like this. Seriously. I just don’t get it.

We both loved the Art Deco section though.  


One of the most interesting things was a bedroom of a person who was born in Richmond and moved to New York. It was the complete bedroom and very opulent


This couch was amazing


This chair made me do a double take, which is weird because it’s just a chair. But its also a Frank Lloyd-Wright which is why he is so amazing.


But the stain glass window was spectacular


Oh and this desk. Never seem anything quite like that before.

I am really glad we had a chance to go here because the rest of our time in Richmond was not so great.  Next up Thanksgiving, and seeing Kat and Bert!

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3 thoughts on “First Time at Richmond Art Museum

  1. So glad that you discovered Richmond’s jewel of a museum! The portrait of the young woman is also one of my favorites. Thanks for highlighting so many items that I have not seen, despite growing up in the same city with this museum.

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