Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to be open year round

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will now be open year round. Museum officials announced plan this week to be open on holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Independence Day.

Starting this Sunday, holiday hours will be from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The staff is also expanding hours on Friday, staying open until 9 p.m.

This past Memorial Day, VMFA had more than 1,700 visitors.  Museum director Alex Nyerges says, "this demonstrates that the community is eager to embrace the Virginia museum of fine arts as a holiday destination."

The holiday plan: Noon to 5 p.m. New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Maintain regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday hours for state and national holidays that fall on Mondays such as Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day and Labor Day.

Operate the VMFA shop, Best Café and Amuse Restaurant during open holiday hours.

Offer a special  holiday specific menu on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's in the museum's restaurants.

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