Richmond is a creative town. Home to Virginia Commonwealth University and its celebrated VCUArts program, the River City tends to attract artists of all types, making it a perfect place to spend a day gallery hopping while shopping for one-of-a-kind art. Come along as we dive into a few galleries across the city to check out everything from paintings to pottery. 

Alma's RVA Richmond art gallery

Alma’s RVA

Alma’s Gallery & Shop: Start the day in Richmond’s Brookland Park neighborhood at Alma’s Gallery & Shop. Alma’s is an artist-run gallery and shop where you can find anything from small-batch, handmade items to one-of-a-kind museum-quality pieces. 

Shockoe Bottom Clay: Up next is Shockoe Bottom Clay, a working studio and gallery featuring pottery from more than 30 local and regional artists. 

Quirk Gallery: Located in Richmond’s Art District, Quirk Gallery features works from established and emerging artists in a variety of mediums ranging from jewelry to paintings. 

Gallery5: While you’re in the Arts District, be sure to hop over to Gallery5 in Jackson Ward. Gallery5 is an award-winning, community-motivated visual and performing arts center that hosts cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions. 

ICA at VCU: Heading uptown, stop by the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU where you’ll find an ever-changing slate of exhibitions, performances, films, and programs, as well as free admission. The award-winning architecture of the building itself is worth a look. 

The Virginia Musuem of Fine Arts flanked by sunflowers

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: No art tour of Richmond is complete without a visit to the renowned Virginia Museum of Fine Arts located on Arthur Ashe Boulevard. A state-owned museum, admission is free with the exception of limited engagement special exhibitions. Home to extraordinary collections from all over the world, it’s also the perfect place to grab a bite to eat.


Crossroads Art Center gallery overhead shot

Crossroads Art Center

Crossroads Art Center: End the day at Crossroads Art Center, an expansive local arts juggernaut where you’ll find crafts and artwork from over 225 mid-Atlantic artists.