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Norfolk, Virginia

Chrysler Museum of Art

245 West Olney Road

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This museum, Norfolk’s cultural jewel, began in 1939 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. It was renamed after Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., the automobile heir and art collector, donated his collection to the city in 1971.

The museum’s collection is divided into American and European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, decorative arts, glass and photography. Highlights of the collection include sculpture by Chauncey Bradley Ives; paintings by Asher B. Durand and Mary Cassatt; work by Degas, Renoir, Delacroix and Gauguin; contemporary art by Matisse, Kline, Rothko and Lichtenstein; photographs by Man Ray, Walker Evans, Luc Delahaye, Atget, and Nam June Paik; and a world-renowned collection of Tiffany items, part of an exquisite collection of glass from early Egytian times to the present.

Exhibitions take into account the museum’s strong collection. In the past they have included masterpieces of cameo glass, photographs by Dawoud Bey, Dutch Golden Age painting, and action paintings.

Chrysler Museum of Art Information

  • Public Transportation: Not good
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Yes
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. For Moses Myers House and Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Admission: Admission to the permanent collection is always free (though donations are appreciated). May be extra fees for special exhibitions, but they are always free to members and children 5-and-under.
  • Subscription/Memberships: Memberships start at $55 for individuals, $75 for a household, and $25 for students. Member benefits include free admission, invitations to members-only exhibition previews and parties, discounts at the museum shop and café, guest passes, complimentary coffee and light refreshments, eligibility to join a museum support group, discounts on gift memberships, discounts on tickets for musical and cultural events, free or discounted admission to family and adult programs, classes and events, and free audio tours, member lectures, and Gallery Talks.
  • Other Benefits: At the $150 donation level, members get a reciprocal membership to over 50 other art museums.