Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Featuring art from almost every major culture, the VMFA houses a vast range of genres including ancient art, Asian and African art, and extensive holdings in modern European and American art: especially Art Deco, impressionism, and post-impressionism. Visitors can also see Fabergé jeweled objects, and a collection of English silver objects from the 18th/19th centuries. Tours can explore a variety of topics, including the ancient cultures of Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mali. Visits for preschool-aged groups can include hands-on play and art activities. Sketching is encouraged while visiting the collections, so bring your own 18”x24” sketchpad! 
Contact Info 
Address: 200 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220. Richmond County. Tel: 804-340-1419. Email: Website: Hrs: Daily 10AM-5PM, Thurs. & Fri. 10AM-9PM.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Free/Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.