University of Richmond Museums comprises the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. The museums are home to diverse and fascinating collections and exhibitions of art, artifacts, and natural history specimens. Admission to all museums is free and open to the public. The museums regularly present exhibitions, lectures, openings, gallery talks, workshops, concerts, symposia, and other programs. Guided tours can be arranged to accommodate school groups or special interest groups.
Tucked away in the rural countryside of southwest Virginia, only a few miles from Abingdon and interstate I-81, is the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center. For over 50 years we have been providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for young people of Southwest Virginia. In addition, businesses, state agencies, church groups, families and others use the outstanding meeting, dining and lodging facilities available at the 4-H Center.
4-H camping is a proven and effective method of teaching, and involving youth in leadership skill development. Each year, more than 2,000 participate in our ACA accredited 4-H camping programs at the Southwest 4H Educational Center. Both week-long residential and day 4-H camping programs have a rich history of youth development for thousands of youth through hands-on, experiential learning.
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.
The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology are headquartered in the Moss Arts Center. The 150,000-square-foot facility includes a 1,260-seat performance hall, visual arts galleries, amphitheater, four-story experimental Cube, and multiple studios. The center also offers a multimedia studio, production control room, newsroom, and associated classroom in support of the Department of Communication. The Center for the Arts is creating a thriving creative community fueled by inspiration, where patrons have meaningful experiences, enjoying arts of the highest caliber in a wide variety of forms. The Center for the Arts manages and schedules all of the public spaces in the Moss Arts Center.