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Friday Photo: Atrium at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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At the Cochrane Atrium at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, natural light, cityscapes, and art are brought gracefully together. The three-story main entrance of the new wing, straddles old and new and indoors and out, serving as a central hall between the new McGlothlin Wing, opened in 2010, and the original museum building.  In the above photo, modern sculpture and shiny granite awash in blue light look over one of Richmond’s traditional, urban neighborhoods.

Opened in the middle of the Depression in 1936, the Virginia Museum was one of the first state-funded museums in the South. Among their best-known permanent exhibits is the largest collection of Faberge eggs outside of Russia. Current exhibitions include Maharaja: The Splendors of India’s Great Kings which includes over 200 objects from India’s last royal families. The exhibit runs until August 19. The Jefferson Hotel often offers packages for current exhibitions.

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Margo Millure lives in Richmond, Virginia. She is a portrait photographer, writer and founder of Travel Belles. Learn more about her at

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