Search
Search
Historic Houses

Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum, offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this building was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. No we present a mix of art and artifacts. More about the house

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
See what's on view now

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

Historic Houses

Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum, offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this building was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. No we present a mix of art and artifacts. More about the house

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
See what's on view now

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

Close
Sign up for emails from the Chrysler Museum of Art

The Museum will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Hours
About – Walter's Story

Walter Chrysler, Jr.

Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. (1909–1988), the son of the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, was one of America’s preeminent art collectors. He focused his acquisitions largely on twentieth-century art, American and Old Master paintings, sculpture, and glass. Looking back on Chrysler’s achievement, New York Times critic John Russell wrote, “It would be difficult to spend time in the Chrysler Museum and not come away convinced that the most underrated American art collector of the past fifty years was the late Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.”

Chrysler collected art for more than seven decades and was active in the development of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, contributing collection highlights such as Matisse’s Dance and Picasso’s The Charnel House. When he was just fourteen years old, he made his first purchase—a small watercolor of a nude. His dorm master at boarding school deemed the painting inappropriate for a teenage boy and destroyed it. Turns out, it was a Renoir.

After graduating from Dartmouth, Chrysler embarked on a grand tour of Europe and met Picasso, Braque, Gris, Matisse, Leger, and other avant-garde artists in Paris. He purchased works by each, quickly assembling perhaps the largest and most important private collection of modern painting and sculpture in the United States. He also amassed a number of significant American works by Burchfield, Marin, and Benton.

When Chrysler got to know his neighbor, Louis Comfort Tiffany, he was inspired to buy glass as well. His collection grew to approximately 8,000 pieces, including rich holdings of Art Nouveau and nineteenth-century American art glass.

In 1958, Chrysler moved a portion of his collection to an abandoned, nineteenth-century church in Provincetown, Massachusetts, creating the first Chrysler Museum. However, the collection quickly outgrew the space. When Chrysler searched for a new home for his collection, his wife Jean steered him toward Norfolk, Virginia, her hometown. In 1971, Chrysler gifted much of his collection to the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences and the institution was renamed in his honor.

From the Collection