Gari Melchers Home & Studio

In response to the COVID 19 virus emergency, Gari Melchers Home & Studio, including the historic home Belmont, studio/pavilion, and grounds, are closed to the public.  This closure includes all Museum-sponsored public programs. Museum staff will continue to work remotely. 

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The Stafford County Visitor Center, located at Gari Melchers Home and Studio, is also closed.  Visitors to Stafford County are encouraged to find additional information at

The 18th-century Belmont estate was the country home and studio of prominent portraitist, muralist, and American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932). The house contains Gari and Corinne Melchers’ original furnishings and personal art collection, the studio houses over 1600 works by Melchers, and the 27-acre grounds feature restored formal gardens and miles of walking trails.

Melchers was one of the most respected artists of his generation as a portraitist, muralist, and landscape painter. Belmont literally reverberates with its past. Because the couple was childless, the property was left in its entirety to the Commonwealth of Virginia, with the result that it is one of America’s best preserved and most richly detailed artist studios and residences. One half expects Gari and Corinne Melchers to walk through the door at any moment, so redolent are their spirits here.

The Museum Shop is the official home of the Stafford County Visitor Center, where visitors can find information about Stafford County attractions, restaurants, hotels and other amenities.  Our site is one of the founding members of Historic Artists Homes & Studios.