Calendar of Events


Preschool Palette Classes

Guided Woodland Hikes
Last Sunday of each month, 2 p.m.
Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center.

Public Programs

Through a LensBelmont Portrayed:  Through a Lens
Call for Entries:  Jan 23 – Feb 17, 2017
March 18- May 21
Belmont Portrayed: Through a Lens
A juried exhibition featuring photographs of the buildings, grounds and gardens of Belmont.  Awards determined by popular vote.  Opening reception for members, artists and guests on Friday, March 17, 6-8 pm.  Included with museum admission.
April 9, 2-4 pm
Beeping Egg Hunt

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host its sixth annual Beeping Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 9 from 2-4 pm. This event provides an opportunity for visually impaired and blind children, along with their families, to participate in an audible egg hunt.  Families are asked to RSVP to 540 654-1851 or by Friday, April 7.

April 23, 10 am-5 pm
Spring Open House

Enjoy the beauty of Belmont at the most delightful time of the year. Gather friends and family to take a tour of the historic house and the artist’s studio.  Wander the gardens and hike the woodland trails or find the perfect gift in the Museum Shop. The Roots house will be open 12 noon until 3 pm during which time volunteer guides will give the public a rare view of the building and share its fascinating history. Free.

May 7, 2 pm
Spring Garden Tour for Members

Cultural Resource Manager Beate Ankjaer-Jensen will conduct a private tour of the restored grounds and gardens for Friends of Belmont, including details about the buildings and the historic landscape discovered through her archival research. The outdoor walking tour will last about 1½ hours.  Free for members.  Space is limited, and reservations are required at 540 654-1839 or To join the Friends, visit or call 540 654-1842.

May 11, 6-8 pm
Art after Hours

Music on the Lawn, featuring unique refreshments from local vendors and free gallery tours, welcomes visitors new and old.  Free. Beverage tickets and food purchases are extra. Reservations requested at 540 654-1848 or

May 21, 2 pm
Spring Director’s Tour for Members

Friends of Belmont get a behind the scenes look at the historic house, studio and art collection with Director David Berreth.  Free for members.  Space is limited and reservations are required at 540 654-1840 or  To join the Friends, visit or call 540 654-1842.

June 10- Sept. 4
Spotlight Exhibition:  Gari Melchers’ The Smithy

Loan courtesy of the Ross Family. Included with museum admission.

June 11, 2 pm
Faces that Linger in the Mind

Curator Joanna Catron uses The Smithy, which makes a special appearance as a summer spotlight exhibition, as the jumping off point for this illustrated presentation about the memorable faces painted by Gari Melchers. Free.