PLAN YOUR VISIT
Welcome! Thanks for visiting Virginia MOCA.
Admission is free and tickets can be reserved at the link below.
See what's on view in our galleries here. Also, check out our upcoming events.
10:00 AM–8:00 PM-
10:00 AM–4:00 PM
*We ask that all visitors come at least 45 minutes before the galleries close.
2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Free parking onsite.
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Call us: 757-425-0000
WHERE TO FIND US
We're located six blocks from the Virginia Beach oceanfront at the intersection of I-264 West and Parks Avenue, in the ViBe Creative District.
FROM THE HIGHWAY
To visit us, take I-264 East to its end. Turn left at the first stoplight onto Parks Avenue. Proceed straight through the next stoplight. Directly ahead is our parking lot.
FROM THE OCEANFRONT
To visit us, take 22nd street west headed to I-264 West. Turn right at the final light before the highway (there is a big Virginia MOCA sign). Directly ahead is our parking lot.
We're big believers that contemporary art is for everyone, so we try to make sure that everyone can make the most of their visit. Here are a few guidelines for you to help us keep the art safe.
LEAVE THE SNACKS BEHIND
Food and drinks aren’t allowed in the galleries. Our Visitor Experience team will gladly hold on to your lunch bags or water bottles while you visit the galleries. And need some recommendations for a pre or post-visit bite or drink? Check out what the ViBe District has to offer.
Even an accidental bump can be a big deal for an artwork. So, to keep the art protected, we can’t allow large bags, bulky items, umbrellas, or backpacks inside the galleries. Small back purses may be slung on your side or carried in front. Strollers are welcome with items carefully stowed under or in the carriage.
A big yes to capturing all the memories you’d like for your personal use. Just without flash, tripods, or selfie sticks, please.
ENJOY THAT FAMILY TIME
We love hosting future artists and art lovers. Adults, just be sure to stay with kids under 12, and be mindful of where those excited little hands and legs go.
JOIN THE "NO TOUCH" CHALLENGE
We get the temptation. But unless a piece is clearly marked as interactive, please give it and the walls or pedestals around it some space so that we can preserve it for many more to enjoy.
We strive to make the art experience welcoming to everyone and accessible in many forms.
We have portable gallery chairs you can carry with you—they weigh less than 2 pounds! The Museum is also wheelchair accessible. A couple non-motorized wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come-first-served basis.
TROUBLE NAVIGATING STAIRS?
There are no stairs required to visit any of the artwork in the Museum.
Audio tours are available for every exhibition and feature a large selection of the works.
In partnership with Kulture City, we have sensory bags available for loan at the Welcome Desk. The bags are filled with items that can help lessen sensory overload and also engage.
ON A BUDGET?
Thanks to the generous support from community friends, the Museum is free of charge.
These tours feature an in-depth and interactive look at a selection of works from the exhibitions. Simply check in at the welcome desk before the scheduled start time.
DROP-IN TOUR HOURS:
Thursdays and Fridays at 2:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 PM
Our Group Tours use a selection of works from our current exhibitions to foster close observation, critical thinking, and rich discussions that support learning standards through an inquiry-based approach. Tours are led by a Virginia MOCA educator and can be designed for all age levels. They are available as both virtual and in-person experiences and are free of cost.
Kara Walker: Cut the to Quick is currently on view. Among the most prolific artists of her generation, Kara Walker is best recognized for her investigation of racism, gender and violence through cut-paper silhouetted figures. Using mythology and historical narratives, Walker’s work encourages viewers to take a critical view of the past while proposing questions about the challenges we continue to face collectively today. Some artworks in the exhibition include explicit scenes of sex and violence. For this reason, group tours of this exhibition are recommended for visitors ages 14 and above.
Art Making Workshops are also available to in-person tour groups. This opportunity lets students respond to the concepts in LaToya M. Hobbs: Flourish through a creative, hands-on activity. This experience is led by a Virginia MOCA educator. The cost is $4 per student.
In-Person tours are offered Thursday and Friday between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
REQUEST IN-PERSON TOUR
Virtual tours are offered Tuesday–Friday between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
REQUEST VIRTUAL TOUR
As an ever-changing museum, Virginia MOCA relies on the unique perspectives and talents of exhibiting artists and community members to further our shared understanding of contemporary art. We invited artists, curators, and community voices to share insight into our current exhibitions Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick and LaToya M. Hobbs: Flourish.
Accessible through your internet-connected personal device, the audio tours are available in both English and Spanish. To listen, scan the QR code on gallery labels or access here on our website.
KARA WALKER AUDIO TOUR
LISTEN HERE →
ESCUCHA AQUI →
LATOYA M. HOBBS AUDIO TOUR
LISTEN HERE →
ESCUCHA AQUI →
We could not think of a better retail partner than local gem Read Books!
Owned and run by the Hildum family, but housed in our shop space, Read Books is a cozy, independent bookshop carrying new books of all genres, for all ages. They strive to enhance the overall well-being of our local community through the power of literacy, culture, and the arts.
In addition to their ever-changing, charming store space, they also offer an online bookshop, audio options, baby gift book subscriptions, monthly book clubs and a whole host of other bookish events. Oh, and of course, some gorgeous Virginia MOCA and Read Books merchandise!
Visit readvb.com to learn more.
BLACK ART: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT
Showing in the Virginia MOCA Auditorium
March 8–June 11, 2023
This illuminating documentary spotlights some of the foremost Black visual artists working today including Kara Walker, Theaster Gates, Amy Sherald, and many more. It also features Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, who will give a lecture on Kara Walker at Virginia MOCA on May 11.
10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM
10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:15 PM
*Please note that select screen times are subject to change if the auditorium is needed for an educational program or event.