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.
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.
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.
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.
Along with the eggs there were small figurines, religious icons and even furniture. I spent a ton of time in this area.
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.
There was a large African and Columbian art section as well.
We both loved the Art Deco section though.
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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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.