The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums. It has a nationally-recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The core of the Chrysler’s collection comes from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. The Museum has growing collections in many areas and mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs each season. The Museum is also the home of the Wonder Studio, an interactive space for children and families that combines the Chrysler collection with digital technology to offer an immersive art experience. The Chrysler has also been recognized nationally for its unique commitment to hospitality with its innovative gallery host program.
The Chrysler’s Perry Glass Studio is a state-of-the-art facility and the only one of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. It attracts visitors and artists from around the world and complements the Chrysler’s extraordinary glass collection by showing how those masterpieces were made. The studio offers programming for aspiring and master artists alike in a variety of processes, including glassblowing, fusing, flameworking, coldworking and neon. The Studio has also cultivated a reputation for its free live glassmaking demonstrations Tuesday through Sunday at noon and its cutting-edge performance evenings.
In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art administers the Jean Outland Chrysler Library on the campus of Old Dominion University and two historic houses in downtown Norfolk: the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House. The Moses Myers House was built in 1792 and draws an exceptionally accurate picture of the life of this prosperous Jewish merchant and his family. More than 70 percent of the fine furnishings and paintings are original to the home. The ca. 1794 Willoughby-Baylor House features exhibitions of American art from the Chrysler Museum. The Norfolk History Museum within showcases the city’s history of creativity and culture.
General admission is free at all venues. For more information about the Chrysler Museum of Art, visit chrysler.org.