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Chrysler Museum of Art

Be amazed by the breadth and quality of this collection of art and glasswork at a free museum in the heart of the city.

Browse through 5,000 years of history revealed within Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum of Art. The collection’s nearly 30,000 objects include European and American art, photography, exceptional glassworks and ancient art from Africa, Asia, Egypt, Pre-Columbian and Islamic cultures.

See European art including Rodin’s Age of Bronze life-size sculpture and Reichlich’s Last Judgment, along with works by Renoir, Gauguin and others. Copley, Cole and Homer are among the American artists represented. Art from the ancient world is particularly popular with children.

Look for modern works by Matisse and Hopper. Compare and contrast Man by Gaston Lachaise, created in the 1930s, with Renoir’s earlier sculpture. Pollock, Rothko and O’Keeffe are among the contemporary artists shown. Decorative arts and photography provide even more exhibits to round out an outstanding collection.

The Glass Studio across the street is a museum highlight, with educational and hands-on opportunities. Come for a glassmaking demo any day at noon. Once a month, the glass workshop hosts Third Thursday events with live music, drinks and performance art in the making of unique glass items. Sign up for a class in glassblowing, flameworking, kilnworking or stained glass. Send your kids to the week-long Camp Chrysler art education workshop.

Have lunch at Wisteria, the museum’s café, which offers alfresco seating next to Mary’s Garden. Purchase creative gifts at the Museum Shop. Check the website to select from numerous special events, including panel discussions, lectures, preschooler art and stories, visiting artists in the Glass Studio and dance lessons. On many weekends, the museum hosts Historic House tours at two homes constructed in the 1790s.

Visit the museum during the day on Tuesdays through Sundays. Ask for information from gallery hosts, dressed in light blue blazers. During the Halloween season these hosts don one-of-a-kind costumes to match their favorite artworks. General admission to the Chrysler Museum of Art is free. Pay a fee to participate in the evening Third Thursday events in the Glass Studio.

Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum of Art is in a convenient downtown location. Walk outside to the Hague waterway and gaze back at the pretty museum building filled with treasures.


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Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown $99
Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown

Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown

227 West Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, VA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chrysler Museum of Art, Moses Myers House, and Norfolk Scope. Nauticus National Maritime Center and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital are also within 1 mi (2 km). York Street-Free Mason Station is only a 3-minute walk and Monticello Station is 7 minutes.

    Hilton Norfolk The Main $161
    Hilton Norfolk The Main

    Hilton Norfolk The Main

    100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this hotel is steps from USS Wisconsin BB-64 and Nauticus National Maritime Center. Moses Myers House and Norfolk Scope are also within 15 minutes. MacArthur Square Station is only a 4-minute walk and Civic Plaza Station is 8 minutes.

      Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown $109
      Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown

      Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown

      700 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chrysler Museum of Art, Nauticus National Maritime Center, and Waterside Festival Marketplace. Children's Museum of Virginia and Old Dominion University are also within 3 mi (5 km). Monticello Station is 6 minutes by foot and York Street-Free Mason Station is 9 minutes.

        Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown $82
        Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown

        Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown

        520 Plume street, Norfolk, VA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Douglas MacArthur Memorial, Nauticus National Maritime Center, and Moses Myers House. Chrysler Museum of Art and Norfolk Scope are also within 1 mi (2 km). MacArthur Square Station and Civic Plaza Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Norfolk Waterside Marriott $138
          Norfolk Waterside Marriott

          Norfolk Waterside Marriott

          235 E Main St, Norfolk, VA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Waterside Festival Marketplace and Nauticus National Maritime Center. Moses Myers House and Norfolk Scope are also within 15 minutes. MacArthur Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Civic Plaza Station is 7 minutes.

            B&B at Historic Page House Inn $170
            B&B at Historic Page House Inn

            B&B at Historic Page House Inn

            323 Fairfax Avenue, Norfolk, VA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Ghent, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harrison Opera House, Chrysler Museum of Art, and Moses Myers House. Nauticus National Maritime Center and Norfolk Scope are also within 1 mi (2 km). York Street-Free Mason Station is 6 minutes by foot and Monticello Station is 13 minutes.

              Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel $125
              Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

              Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

              777 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waterside Festival Marketplace and Nauticus National Maritime Center. Moses Myers House and Norfolk Scope are also within 15 minutes. Civic Plaza Station is only a 5-minute walk and MacArthur Square Station is 6 minutes.

                The Inn at Four Eleven York $238
                The Inn at Four Eleven York

                The Inn at Four Eleven York

                411 W York St, Norfolk, VA
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in West Freemason, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Pagoda and Oriental Garden and Chrysler Museum of Art. Nauticus National Maritime Center and Moses Myers House are also within 15 minutes. York Street-Free Mason Station is only a 5-minute walk and Monticello Station is 10 minutes.