Danville Museum

of Fine Arts and History

Danville Museum

of Fine Arts and History

Featured Events and Programs

Danville Public Schools Student Art Exhibit

DMFAH will be hosting local students’ art in the Jennings Gallery from the Danville Public School student art exhibit. The show will start May 20, 2024, and will continue until June 5th, 2024. Visit the museum for a day filled with creativity and talent and support our local students as they showcase their amazing artwork. From paintings to sculptures, there will be a wide variety of pieces on display. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the artistic skills of our community. More information to Come! 

Museum Meets Margaritaville

Join the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History at the Danville Community Market on Saturday, June 8, 2024, for an island-themed fundraiser to support the museum’s ongoing programs and events. Indulge in tasty island-themed food, delicious margaritas, and special rum drinks, while you immerse yourself in a tropical paradise right in the heart of Danville. Music by DJ Larry Stamps and food provided by Culture. Don’t miss out on this exciting event that brings together the best of both worlds – museums and Margaritaville!

Tickets are $45 per person and $50 at the door. Museum members get 5% off.

Fourth Fridays on the VERANDA

Join the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History as we host Fourth Fridays on the Veranda this summer for drinks, food, art, music, and community vibes. The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, located within Danville’s Old West End, is a hub for art, history, and culture. Every fourth Friday starting in June, the museum’s veranda will transform into a hub of creativity and connection, with specially curated drinks and delicious bites from food trucks.

Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a history enthusiast, or just looking for a place to connect with others and have a good time, Fourth Fridays on the Veranda is perfect for all. Cash Bar and Food Trucks available.

Open to the Public, Tickets not Required.

Upcoming Fourth Fridays on the Veranda include:

June 28, 2024, 5:30- 8:00 p.m.

July 26, 2024, 5:30- 8:00 p.m.

August 23, 2024, 5:30- 8:00 p.m.

DMFAH Hosts the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

DMFAH will host Business After Hours with the Danville, Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce on June 20th. Business After Hours are designed to provide a networking opportunity for chamber members to make new business contacts in a relaxed social setting. There is no cost for Chamber members – It’s included in your membership. 

Attic SALE!

ANNUAL ATTIC SALE

Come join us at the Danville Museum for our annual Attic Sale August 2-4, where you can find unique treasures and vintage items!

Danville looks forward to this very popular event featuring a huge number of items including home decor, furniture, cds, albums, kitchenware, books, paintings, frames, one-of-a-kind items and so much more.

Museum members-only preview to be announced. 

We will continue to accept donated items May-July during Museum hours (Tuesdays-Fridays, 10-5, Saturdays 12-5, Sundays, 2-5).

No clothing or electronics please.

Storytelling Festival with Fred Motley and Virginia Humanities

More Information to Come!

 

DMFAH's 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit and Members-Only Reception

More Information to Come!

 

Art on the Lawn 2024 and DMFAH's 50th Anniversary Event

Join us at 975 Main Street, Danville, VA on September 14th for Art on the Lawn- a day filled with art, history, and fun. This year is also the Danville Museum of Fine Art and History’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the museum’s anniversary, we will have a special exhibit that looks back at the museum’s 50 years of history and looks forward to the next 50 years. 

Art on the Lawn is rated as one of the best-loved and long-standing outdoor festivals in Danville. This in- person event is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local art scene, purchase some great art, and commemorate a special milestone with us through music and food. Food trucks and beer and wine will be available. Musical guest Mama Bri Bri and the Stranger.

We hope to make this year’s Art on the Lawn/50th Anniversary Event the best, so mark your calendars. This event is free and open to the public. Artists interested in having a booth at Art on the Lawn please call 434-793-5644 or click the Artist Entry Form button below. 

Opera on the James

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will host Opera on the James for the third year on October 18th.

Opera on the James, celebrating its 19th Season, is an OPERA AMERICA Level Four Professional Company in Lynchburg, Virginia. The company was created by a group of city leaders and opera lovers to share the power and beauty of live opera with diverse audiences in Central Virginia and beyond. The Board of Directors of Opera on the James and dedicated volunteers are very active in the work of the company.

More information to come. 

Register at Eventbrite.

Past Events and Programs

Guides: Women from the Danville - Pittsylvania County Area History. Exhibit Has Been Extended Until May 12th.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is having a special exhibition on women from the Danville⎼Pittsylvania County area whose accomplishments, dedication, dignity, and talent deeply enriched, and helped grow the region. Some of the women highlighted in the exhibit are well known, but others, and their contributions, are not. DMFAH will also be hosting two evening presentations on women featured in the exhibit. It is anticipated that the exhibit will expand into an annual display to highlight other women, and their contributions, each March. 

Presentation about Lady Astor and Museum Mingle May 5th, 3-5 p.m.

DMFAH will be hosting a presentation on Lady Astor who is one of the women featured in the Guides: Women from Danville – Pittsylvania County Area Exhibit to celebrate Women’s History Month. Joyce Wilburn will give a presentation on Nancy Langhorne “Lady: Astor who was born in Danville, VA. She was the first woman to sit on the British Parliament. This presentation will be held again on Sunday, May 5th, Lady Astor Day, from 3-4:30 p.m.

Lady Astor Presentation and Museum Mingle
Sunday, May 5, 2024
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

To recognize her international achievements, an informative and entertaining 20-minute presentation by Joyce Wilburn will tell how Nancy Langhorne Astor, born in Danville, became a Member of the British Parliament (MP). The 3:00 p.m. program is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended.  Register at Eventbrite.

To recognize her international achievements, an informative and entertaining 20-minute presentation by Joyce Wilburn will tell how Nancy Langhorne Astor, born in Danville, became a Member of the British Parliament (MP). The 3:00 p.m. program is free and open to the public.

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History will also have a Museum Mingle with cash-bar refreshments after the presentation until 5 p.m. Lady Astor martinis as well as beer and wine will be available. Visitors can attend either or both events. 

An exhibit on women from the Danville-Pittsylvania County area whose accomplishments enriched and helped shape the region is currently on display at the DMFAH, 975 Main Street, until Sunday, May 12. For more info, visit www.danvillemuseum.org or call 434.793.5644.

Sharswood History Discussion by Karen Dixon-Rexroth

Sharswood Plantation, also known as Sharswood Manor Estate, is a historic plantation house in Gretna, Virginia. Prior to the American Civil War, Sharswood operated as a 2,000-acre tobacco plantation under the ownership of Charles Edwin Miller and Nathaniel Crenshaw Miller. The Carpenter Gothic mansion was designed by New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis.

In 2020, the estate was purchased by Frederick Miller. Frederick Miller is the great-great-grandson of Violet and David Miller, who were both enslaved at Sharswood. Sarah Miller, was born at Sharswood and was recorded as a member of the household in the Slave Birth Index. Miller was unaware of his ancestral connection to Sharswood at the time of his purchase. Miller founded the Sharswood Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the upkeep and historical preservation of the plantation. In June 2022, the plantation hosted a large Juneteenth celebration with over 1,000 people in attendance. A second Juneteenth celebration was held on June 18, 2023.

The Movement Documentary

Join the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History for a screening of The Movement, a documentary about the true story of local Black leaders who took to the streets in the summer of 1963 and risked their lives in a coordinated effort to end segregation in Danville. The documentary traces the Civil Rights struggle that led to Bloody Monday—when armed police officers, firefighters and deputized garbage collectors turned high-powered hoses and batons on protestors, which resulted in many injuries and sent shockwaves through the nation, leading Martin Luther King Jr. to visit Danville four times and declare the Danville Police Department as one of the most brutal forces in the south.

A panel discussion with Danville Civil Rights leaders who participated in and witnessed the events, moderated by Karice Luck-Brimmer, Community Initiatives Program Associate at Virginia Humanities, will occur after the documentary. 

Presentation about Rachel Jackson by Rick Dixon and Bettie Thompson by Rita Smith and Sonja Ingram

DMFAH will also be hosting two evening presentations on women featured in the exhibit. This presentation will focus on Rachel Donelson Jackson who was the wife of President Andrew Jackson and Bettie Thompson who was a member of the James Street Holiness Church. 

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