Richmond is teeming with professional and research opportunities for students interested in museum professions or arts administration.
Several galleries are located near VCU—in the city’s designated Arts District. The VCU Institute of Contemporary Art, currently under construction and slated to open in late 2016. Also at VCU, the Cabell Library houses a remarkable, nationally significant collection of artist-made books.
A suite of historic house museums represent a range of architectural styles and feature decorative arts that span three centuries. They include the late 18th-century Wilton House; the early 19th-century Wickham House; Agecroft Hall, which was built in the 15th century and transported to Richmond in the early 20th century; and the Romanesque-style mansion at Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian estate.
The Virginia Historical Society, located adjacent to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, tells the history of the commonwealth, while the Valentine Richmond History Center features the history of the city. The permanent collections at both organizations include paintings, decorative arts, and archival documents.
With such abundance of resources, countless VCU students who have studied or interned in curatorial, education, development and collections care departments have built terrific professional networks.