Street Address
Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Belmont, 224 Washington Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Mailing Address
Belmont, 224 Washington Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
phone: 540-654-1015
fax: 540-654-1785
e-mail: belmont@umw.edu
web: www.GariMelchers.org
Hours
Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesdayclosed
Close at 4pm during winter months.
Admissions
General Admission: $10
Friends of Belmont: free
Students 18 years old and younger with an accompanying, paying adult, limit two. (): Free
Current UMW staff and students: Free
UMW Alumni: with UMW issued Alumni ID card: $8
Services
Special Event Rental
Staff
David Berreth, Director
phone: 540-654-1015
Danette Pisarcik, Museum Staff

Description

Belmont, The Gari Melchers Estate and Memorial Gallery, in Stafford County near Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the former residence of the American figure painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932). The museum consists of the artist's home, studio and gardens. The stone studio and galleries house the largest collection of Melchers' works anywhere. Gari Melchers was one of the most decorated artists of his day. Today he is virtually unknown. His unvarying ambition to reproduce the essential character of a place and its people was the key to his international success, and yet it caused him to be considered old-fashioned by the close of his career. Nevertheless, his role in the history of American painting is secured because of the legacy of his work preserved at Belmont and because, like countless other Americans who made a living through their craft, his story testifies to the full breadth of our country's artistic vibrancy at the opening of the twentieth century. In 1942, the artist's widow, Corinne Melchers, deeded the property and its collections to the State of Virginia as a memorial to her husband. Belmont is administered by Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia. A Virginia and National Historic Landmark, the museum is accredited by The American Association of Museums.

History

Gari Melchers Home and Studio, in Stafford County near Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the former residence of the American figure painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932). The museum consists of the artist's home, studio and gardens. The stone studio and galleries house the largest collection of Melchers' works anywhere.

Gari Melchers was one of the most decorated artists of his day. Today he is relatively unknown. His unvarying ambition to reproduce the essential character of a place and its people was the key to his international success, and yet it caused him to be considered old-fashioned by the close of his career. Nevertheless, his role in the history of American painting is secured because of the legacy of his work preserved at Belmont and because, like countless other Americans who made a living through their craft, his story testifies to the full breadth of our country's artistic vibrancy at the opening of the twentieth century.

In 1942, the artist's widow, Corinne Melchers, deeded the property and its collections to the State of Virginia as a memorial to her husband. Belmont is administered by the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. A Virginia and National Historic Landmark, the museum is accredited by The American Association of Museums.

Belmont is one of 28 Historic Artists' Homes and Studios selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation because it exemplifies the best of America's legacy of artistic creation.

Governance

Administered by the University of Mary Washington

Library

Access: Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Parking

Restrooms

Services

Elegant Rental

We invite you to consider Gari Melchers Home and Studio as the setting for your wedding, reception, bridal luncheon, evening event or business meeting. The stunning Studio Pavilion at Belmont, situated in an elegant woodland setting, is connected to the artist’s original studio building and opens onto the estate’s gardens.

The Pavilion includes an event room with banquet seating for up to 120 and presentation seating for 150. The main estate lawn and flower gardens, including a charming summer house overlooking the Rappahannock River, are available for wedding ceremonies.

Special Event Rental