As a VENUE: Host your event…

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an extraordinary venue for your special event. The historic campus with more than 35,000 works of art offer the perfect balance of cultural significance and refined elegance. Invite your guests to enjoy world-class exhibits, indulge in a delicious catered meal, and sip cocktails beneath the Atrium’s towering skylights. With several unique spaces available for rental, a large covered parking deck and a convenient location in Richmond’s Museum District, VMFA is an ideal choice for entertaining. Hosted are a variety of events, including: * wedding receptions * rehearsal dinners *corporate receptions * holiday parties, and * non-profit events. Up to 2500 guests throughout the entire museum can be accommodated. The Special Events team can manage all the details of your event, including catering, décor, and entertainment needs. Five distinctive rental spaces are offered:

  • Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Atrium: This distinctive space inside the main entrance connects the new McGlothlin Wing with the museum’s two existing wings and opens into the VMFA Shop, café, and galleries. Your guests will socialize in style among sculptures beneath the lofty four story ceiling. Clear glass walls reveal magnificent views of the Boulevard and Sculpture Garden, providing a striking backdrop for any special occasion. Capacity: 300 seated, 1000 standing
  • Amuse Restaurant and Best Cafe’: During public hours, these spaces are bustling with visitors, but after hours they can be reserved for your private event. Both areas include outdoor terraces that boast the best views of water features, plantings, and art within the Sculpture Garden. Capacity: * Amuse Restaurant: 60 seated, 150 standing * Birch Douglass Private Dining Room: 35 seated, 50 standing * Claiborne Robertson Board Room: 100 seated, 200 standing, and * Best Café: 120 seated, 250 standing.
  • Marble Hall: Named after its signature Italian pink marble walls, the Marble Hall is located in the heart of the museum. Your guests will enjoy the stunning architecture along with private access to some of the museum’s most impressive galleries. Capacity: 300 seated, 600 standing
  • Stan and Dorothy Pauley Center: With architectural design based on 18th-Century plans for the White House, the Pauley Center houses elegant reception rooms restored in the Colonial Revival style. Formerly a home for Confederate women, the building and its interiors are both refined and inviting. The Pauley Center’s sophisticated warmth makes it a favorite for wedding receptions. Capacity: Parlor: 60 seated, 200 standing in conjunction with dining room and foyer
  • Meeting Spaces: The museum’s Reynolds Lecture Hall, Cheek Theater, and conference rooms are perfect locations for lectures, performances, and meetings. Please call the Special Events staff for more information.

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As a SHOP: Discover unique gifts…

The VMFA Shop searches the world to provide a diverse selection of: unique jewelry * home accessories * toys * stationery, and * books, focusing on merchandise related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions as well as educational items and work from Virginia artists. With over 3,500 square feet of merchandise, there is something to please every taste and desire — whether you’re looking for a gift or a cherished piece of your own. Merchandise is catalogued within these collections: * Chihuly * Man Ray * Jewelry * Accessories * Home * Stationery * Books, and * Kids.

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As an EATERY: Food for thought:

Amuse Restaurant: Taking our cue from our unique and inspiring environment (with views into both our Sculpture Garden and the Atrium), we create masterpieces that tickle your sense of aesthetics, along with your taste buds. Amuse is a fun place to dine and hang out with your friends (our bar is one of Richmond’s worst-kept secrets), but we take our food and drink seriously.

Best Café. This spacious, light-filled café offers casual fare with gluten-free and vegan options. A wall of windows and terrace overlooks a reflecting pool and the Robins Sculpture Garden. Located off the Atrium on the entry-level.

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Be a DONOR: Show that you care…


Members receive * Free admission to all ticketed exhibitions * Access to exhibitions at the museum and upcoming exhibitions * Discounts and free access to many of our classes, programs and events such as our VMFA Circle Lecture Series, and * Travel the world and enjoy VMFA’s art-focused itineraries. Exclusive travel opportunities are a benefit of VMFA membership. Membership within three categories are offered:

  • General: Your membership dues provide vital funding for educational programs, exhibitions, art conservation, and the daily operating expenses that allow VMFA to remain free and open 365 days a year. Specific levels include: * Individual * Dual * Family, and * Student.
  • VMFA Circle: Circle members enjoy all the benefits of General Memberships, receive reciprocal benefits at over 600 North American art museums, and have the opportunity to experience in-depth learning, cultural enrichment, and social engagement through special lectures and programs highlighting VMFA’s permanent collection. Specific levels include: * Friends Circle * Supporters Circle, and * Partners Circle.
  • Leadership Giving Societies: When you join one of the Leadership Giving Societies at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, your membership provides vital ongoing philanthropic support to advance the museum’s mission. It is your investment in educational programs, exhibitions, and care of the collection that makes it possible for VMFA to be a vibrant source of inspiration throughout Virginia. Specific levels include: * Patrons * Fellows * Faberge’ * Founders * Commonwealth, and * Director’s.


Making a contribution to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a great way to support the museum. Gifts to VMFA do more than simply keep our doors open, they animate every aspect of our mission to preserve, collect, and share the magnificent works of art under our care. In addition to maintaining a renowned collection, we strive to bring art experiences to every corner of the Commonwealth through our statewide partnerships and digital outreach.

  • Annual Fund: Your gift to the Annual Fund ensures that VMFA remains free and open 365 days a year. Beyond keeping our doors open, the Annual Fund supports every aspect of the museum’s mission to preserve, collect and share the magnificent works of art under our care.
  • Planned Giving: A planned gift will help ensure that VMFA remains a vibrant source of inspiration for future generations. Legacy gifts may also provide a life income stream for you and tax benefits for your heirs.
  • Corporate Matching Gifts: Corporate matching gifts are a great way to maximize personal contributions to the museum and increase your impact.
  • Endowment Gifts & Special Projects: Endowments and gifts to special projects–such as ARTshare, VMFA Gardens & Greenspaces, or the Exhibition Fund–allow donors to advance a specific aspect of the museum’s mission.
  • Gifts of Art: Since the museum’s founding, VMFA’s collection has been enriched by gifts of art and acquisition funds from generous patrons. Its continued growth depends solely on private support.
  • Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • Gifts of Stock: Gifts of appreciated securities enable you to make a significant contribution to VMFA while avoiding capital gains taxes on the donated shares.
  • Tribute Gifts: Gifts of all kinds may be made in honor of a family member or loved one. We welcome the opportunity to create a tribute that reflects the honoree’s passion for VMFA.
  • Community Volunteer Program: Becoming a museum volunteer is great way to help VMFA and meet others who share your passion. From greeting visitors and assisting children in the Arts Education Center to dusting artwork, there’s something to fit your interests and schedule.
  • VMFA Tour Guides: A Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Tour Guide is a specially trained adult volunteer who facilitates learning in the galleries. Tour guides, formerly knowns as docents, give interactive tours to the public, school children, college and adult groups throughout the year.

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