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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.
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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
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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

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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

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

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Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
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Studio Team

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Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
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The Masterpiece Society

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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

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ArtExhibitionsPast

Tidewater Wildflowers

On View

April 18, 2015 — March 6, 2016

Located in

Past Exhibition

From a Depression-era botanical survey to works of art. That’s the story with this exhibition of works by Elizabeth “Bessie” Murray Tyler at the Willoughby-Baylor House.

A Richmond native who died in Norfolk in 1980, Tyler won numerous awards throughout her career and had works exhibited from Atlanta to Madison Square Garden. Described as a portrait artist in a 1961 Virginian-Pilot story, she did a watercolor project of native wildflowers in 1934, and returned to the subject many times over the subsequent decades.

Bessie Murray Tyler, Wild Tiger Lily / Lilium superbum
Bessie Murray Tyler, Wild Tiger Lily / Lilium superbum, watercolor, ca. 1934.
Bessie Murray Tyler American Holly / Ilex opaca
Bessie Murray Tyler American Holly / Ilex opaca Watercolor ca. 1957

The exhibition is a treat for lovers of both art and natural wonders. You can learn:
• how Moth Mullein (Verbascum blattaria) can used against cockroaches
• how the bulbs from Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) were a turnip-like treat for Native Americans
• the curative powers of the Swamp Rose (Rosa carolina) for what was euphemistically called “summer complaint.”

Flowering plants captured by Tyler’s brush range from an insect eater (Sarracenia purpurea) to a holiday favorite (Ilex opaca). You can find folk-remedy relief from snake or insect bites (Hieracium venosum) and find all kinds of berries used in making dyes.

And you can do it all for free.

 

Tidewater Wildflowers: Watercolors by Bessie Tyler was on view through March 6, 2016, at the Willoughby-Baylor House, 601 E. Freemason Street, Norfolk, Va. The historic home, downtown near MacArthur Center, is open noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bessie Murray Tyler Moth Mullein / Verbascum blattaria
Bessie Murray Tyler Moth Mullein / Verbascum blattaria Watercolor ca. 1934
Bessie Murray Tyler Pitcher Plant / Sarracenia purpurea
Bessie Murray Tyler Pitcher Plant / Sarracenia purpurea Watercolor ca. 1957
Bessie Murray Tyler Swamp Rose / Rosa carolina
Bessie Murray Tyler Swamp Rose / Rosa carolina Watercolor ca. 1934
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