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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Currently closed

About the 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

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy 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

Wedding & Event Rentals

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

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. 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

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

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

Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Currently closed

About the 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

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy 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

Wedding & Event Rentals

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

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. 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

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

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

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December 17, 2020

Chrysler with Kids: A fun-filled visit

–Kari Berge Brimhall, Museum Docent

Our family loves going to art museums! Looking at swirls of paint, larger-than-life sculptures, and different artists’ styles at the Chrysler Museum of Art makes for a fun outing. Here are some ideas to inspire the love of art in a little one (and become one yourself!).

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Before the Museum

A little planning before you go makes the trip a lot more fun. Start by exploring artwork on the Chrysler’s website. You’ll find everything in the Museum’s collection and can even check to see which works are on view. Print pictures of some of your favorites to hang around the house. You can also make playing cards or books of things to find during your visit. The Museum blog, Torch, is also a wonderful place to find stories about art and artists. Talk about different artists and prepare several questions for children to answer during your tour. Also, let children know that they will see naked people in paintings and statues. These people did not forget to get dressed. Bare skin was meant to celebrate the human form.

Family Day and Wonder Studio Grand Opening

Family in The Box gallery

Children should be aware of museum manners. Remind them to use their walking feet, stay with the group, and refrain from touching the artwork. Finally, invite someone who loves art to join you, and pack your camera. The Chrysler Museum is full of great photo opportunities. Share your visit with us on social media using #ChryslerMuseum!

During Your Visit

When you arrive, stop by the Welcome Desk for a visitor guide with a map of the Museum and pick up some of the activity sheets designed for children. As you explore the galleries, move at the children’s pace. Remember, young children have short attention spans and may become tired of walking. Don’t force yourself to see the whole museum in one day. Admission to the Chrysler Museum is FREE, so you can visit as often as you like.

Family in the Glass Galleries, June 2019

Use the labels next to the works of art to learn the stories behind what you see in the galleries, and assign older children to share stories about certain works of art with the younger children in your group. You can also use the booklets or playing cards that you made for a scavenger hunt in the galleries, act out statues or paintings, and play “I Spy.” Look at lots of different art, and appreciate your child’s favorites.

Before you leave, visit the Museum Shop. You’ll find fun items inspired by the artwork in the galleries. It’s a great place to buy good art books, cards, toys, décor, jewelry, and more. You can even pick up small, inexpensive souvenirs like pencils and pens to remember your visit.

Chrysler To Go Artmaking Activity Kit

Museum Games

It’s fun to make up fun activities during your visit. One of my favorites is Jump into a Painting! All you need is a piece of paper, something to write with, and a wild imagination. Draw a grid with five spaces across and four spaces down. Draw an eye in the first row, an ear in the second row, a nose in the third row, and a hand in the fourth row. Choose a painting with lots of details, and have children use their imagination to jump into the painting. Then ask them to write or draw what they would see, hear, smell, and touch in the painting. When children share their answers, you will discover new things about the artwork!

Download a template

Art Museum Questions

If you want to get the little ones thinking, print these questions before your visit and cut the paper into strips. Ask the children to select different questions as they look at an artwork. Here are some examples.

  1. Does this artwork remind you of anyone you know? Why?
  2. How would you describe this painting to a person who can’t see it?
  3. What time of year is it in the painting? How can you tell?
  4. How are the paintings in this room similar? Different? Is there a general feeling here?

Find more questions here.

After Your Visit

Allow your experiences with art to continue after your visit to the Museum. Watch a television program or movie about a museum. Night at the Museum, National Treasure, and Getting to Know Artists by Mike Venezia on YouTube are great options. Check out books on artists or paintings at the library, go to a local art show, or talk with an artist.

Children can also explore their own creativity. Pull out paint or clay and try some artwork, or create an art museum out of a cardboard box! Our daughter was 10 years old when she created her own art museum out of a cardboard box, complete with different rooms. She researched one artist a month. She learned about their life, studied their artwork, and then painted in their style. We printed out mini works of art created by the artists she studied and she “hung” them on the walls. She loved giving the whole family a “tour” when it was finished.

The Chrysler Museum is excited to welcome children to visit the galleries. Reserve free timed-tickets to explore the Museum in-person. Experience the Chrysler from home with virtual tours, programs, and activities for the entire family.

Kari Berge Brimhall is a Docent at the Chrysler Museum of Art. She studied education at Brigham Young University and has been a storyteller and writing and art teacher. The mom of five loves art and shares that love with her children. She and her husband even have an art studio in their home. In addition to her volunteer work at the Chrysler Museum, Kari has served in a number of church, community, and leadership roles. When Kari isn’t guiding visitors through the galleries of the Chrysler, she can be found at home cooking, writing, creating art, and laughing around the dinner table.

 

 

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