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Where to start experiencing art in Richmond

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Richmond is home to a lot of art venues—and some massive museums, to boot. If you’re new to the city, Richmond’s art museums can be a great place to spend a weekend taking in new and historic artwork, meeting new people, and trying some wonderful food. The Commonwealth Times, VCU’s student-run newspaper, has assembled a beginner’s guide to the city’s museums that you’ll want to bookmark.

Each venue is free and close by, such as the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, which is just a short walk from any of the VCUarts facilities on campus. Plus, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is open 365 days a year. Visit the Commonwealth Times to learn more.

In addition to the museums available, you can also visit the independent galleries that line Main St and Broad St. See art that pushes the boundaries at 1708 Gallery, which also hosts the evening InLight Festival each year. Candela Books + Gallery features stunning photographic exhibitions, and the Reynolds Gallery often mounts shows by talented local painters. The monthly First Fridays art walk is a great time to visit all of these venues and more all at once.