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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.
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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
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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

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

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Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
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Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
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Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
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The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
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Planned Giving

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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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The Willoughby-Baylor House

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The history behind this amazing house

The Story

Immerse yourself in Norfolk’s history at the Willoughby-Baylor House. The ground floor features changing exhibitions of American art from the Chrysler Museum while the second floor is devoted to the history of one of America’s original heritage port cities with Norfolk-made art and artifacts on display. See period paintings, furniture, and silver, including Cephas Thompson’s stately portrait of Norfolk attorney John Nivison, painted in 1812, and a delicately-engraved silver sugar bowl created by Jeremiah Andrews around 1791.

The Willoughby-Baylor House was built in 1794 by Captain William Willoughby, a sixth-generation descendant of English immigrant Captain Thomas Willoughby. The architecturally-restrained townhouse is representative of the many middle-class, side-passage dwellings built following Norfolk’s destruction during the Revolution.

Thomas Willoughby was the recipient of a 1636 Royal grant of 200 acres—50 of which would become the town of Norfolk in 1682. Before William Willoughby built this townhouse in 1794, the site was occupied by a Masonic Lodge that gave Freemason Street its name. The lot on which the home was built was part of Norfolk’s original 50 acres.

When William Willoughby died in 1800, at the age of 42, his estate included fourteen slaves, ten lots, and six dwellings. The house remained under the Baylor family name until it was sold in 1890. Over time, the house fell into decline and was slated for demolition until it was bought and restored by the Norfolk Historical Foundation in the early 1960s. Stewardship of the Willoughby-Baylor House was transferred to the Chrysler Museum in 1969. The garden, designed by Siska Aurand Landscape Architects, was installed in 1991 and represents colonial landscaping practices.

The above historical description is based upon The Willoughby-Baylor House’s entry on the National Register of Historical Places and Virginia Landmarks Register, where it has been listed since 1971.

Just a short drive from Chrysler Museum of Art

Location

601 E. Freemason St.
Norfolk, Virginia
23510

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