Housed in an award-winning building overlooking the scenic Hague Inlet of the Elizabeth River, the Chrysler Museum of Art is a Norfolk masterpiece. Originally founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the museum underwent a dramatic
Housed in an award-winning building overlooking the scenic Hague Inlet of the Elizabeth River, the Chrysler Museum of Art is a Norfolk masterpiece. Originally founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the museum underwent a dramatic transformation in 1971 when automobile heir and art collector Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., presented the city of Norfolk with his coveted collection. Today, the museum is a treasure trove of over 30,000 objects spanning more than 5,000 years of world history.
Visitors can stroll through 60 elegant, serene galleries and view the works of artists such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cassatt and Cezanne. Other highlights include a world-renowned Tiffany glass collection, an inspiring photography collection, art nouveau furniture, as well as African, Asian, Islamic and pre-Columbian art. The museum can accommodate a wide range of private events in any one of a number of lovely, unique spaces including the Huber Court, the Tiffany Gallery and Memorial Garden and the George M. and Linda H. Kaufman Theatre.
In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art's glass studio brings the art of glassblowing alive with its demonstrations, course offerings, visiting artists, special residencies and special events. Visitors can marvel at free demonstrations offered Wednesday through Sunday at noon, as well as sign up for glassblowing, sandcasting, coldworking and flame and fuse classes geared towards all levels. The studio also features a popular Third Thursday series, which combines music, adult beverages and glass art as performance art; admission to Third Thursday nights is $5 per person. The studio welcomes groups for private lessons.
The Chrysler Museum of Art is open Wednesday from 10 AM to 9 PM, Thursday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. Admission is free.