A Museum that Offers More Than Art on a Wall
A few years ago, before moving to Richmond, if you asked me to predict my favorite hangout, I never would’ve thought to say a fine arts museum. Alas, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, better known as the VMFA, has stolen my heart and is hands-down my favorite place to be.
Now I want to be clear: While the art is amazing and they rotate in beautiful, interesting exhibits throughout the year, that isn’t really what I go for. The VMFA has a stunning landscape of walking paths, fountains, and lush green grass. This can all be viewed from their ground-floor café, surrounded by glass walls and an outdoor patio.
No matter the season, on Thursday nights they host Jazz groups, and Friday is their bustling Happy Hour, where you are bound to run into someone you know. When there isn’t snow on the ground, I enjoy sitting on one of the benches in front of their perfectly deafening fountains to read or people watch.
On office snow days, I make the two-block walk to sit in the café and sip on a chai latte, listen to the white noise of soft chatter, and use their complimentary WiFi to do my work.
– Mollie Delp, 4 year resident of Richmond