We are pleased to be returning to Richmond, Virginia, where the first Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art was held in 2004.  For those coming to Richmond for the first time, you will find the city to be a charming, beautiful little city with a long list of terrific museums, galleries and restaurants. All of the information on this page is intended to help as you make your travel plans, but do please also consult travel guides and other resources as this information may not be complete.

Symposium location:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Cheek Theater
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220


Parking at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts parking lot is free for Symposium attendees. Directions to their parking lot can be found here. Please let parking attendant know you are at the VMFA for the Islamic Art Symposium and your parking will be complimentary.

Travel in and out of Richmond

Richmond is served by an international airport and by an Amtrak train station at Staples Mill Road with service connections to Washington DC, Philadelphia and points north, and Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte and Charleston to the south. Taxis and Uber are available from the airport and the train station into Richmond.

Lodging in Richmond

Richmond has a wealth of hotels at all levels, including the following, all of which are under 2 miles from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:

The Jefferson Hotel ***** 

The Quirk Hotel ****

Linden Row Inn ***

Holiday Inn Express Richmond Downtown ***

Diamond Inn and Suites **

Museums and Galleries

A selection of Richmond’s museums and galleries includes the following:

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

Virginia Historical Society

Reynolds Gallery

Page Bond Gallery