We visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on a rainy day and were happy to find that it wasn’t very crowded, the only large groups we encountered were school kids, some elementary (cute and frenetic), some high school (vaguely disinterested and too cool for most exhibits).
The collection was really nice – They have impressively large sections devoted to Egypt, Africa, and Asia, which we really enjoyed. As for major works from famous artists, there were fewer than I expected for a state museum. Featured artists’ works were mostly obscure, which can be really interested, since you may have never seen them before. We were struck by the sheer number of pictures and sculptures featuring horses! There is a whole gallery devoted to “English Horse Culture” and, just when you think you’ve seen all the equine-focused art possible, you round the corner and there’s another section that just features horses and riders, non-specific geographical or cultural focus.
All in all, it is a nice museum and a great way to spend a rainy day!