The Chrysler Museum of Art offers tours with a number of different topics, including school tours linked to specific modules in the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Find the one that's right for your group.
This tour is the perfect introduction to the Chrysler Museum’s collection of ancient art from around the world, American and European paintings and sculpture, and glass.
Discover the civilizations of the Maya and Aztecs, the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans as well as the cultures of India and China.
Learn about the contributions of two great ancient civilizations including writing, architecture, papyrus, silk, and more.
Learn how the advances of the Greeks and Romans lasted for centuries and still impact our art, architecture, government, and more.
Investigate history through the lens of glass. From the ancient Romans to modern artists, glass can teach us about art, technology, science and culture. This tour can be combined with a demonstration at the Glass Studio.
This program introduces young learners to great works of art by connecting words and images.
Examine artists' use of line, shape, and color in two- and three-dimensional works of art.
From the Colonial Era through the 20th century, learn about the history of the United States through the Chrysler’s collection of American Art.
At the Glass Studio, discover the roles that chemistry, earth science, and physics play in working with glass during a live demonstration. Available during the school year on select Wednesdays from 10–11 a.m. and Fridays.
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Tours are also available, by appointment, at our Historic Houses in downtown Norfolk.
Who gives tours?
Our trained tour guides (Docents) will develop your tour by selecting works of art related to the theme you’ve selected. Once groups arrive and are divided, they will be led by a Docent who will guide them in exploring works of art. You will not need to bring additional materials. Groups may see different works of art, but they will tour the selected location using the same theme. At the end of the visit, groups will return to the Museum entrance.
How many chaperones are needed?
We require one chaperone/teacher for every 10 students. Our staff members will divide your group according to the number of guides available. When you arrive, please help us to ensure that a chaperone accompanies each group.
What are the Museum rules?
For your safety and the safety of the art, we ask that teachers and chaperones remain with their group at all times. Works of art are more fragile than they appear; please remind your students that it is important not to touch. Flash photography is prohibited in some of our spaces, as some works of art are sensitive to light. Photographs are not permitted in some special exhibitions. School rules are also good rules for the Museum.
Can we bring food?
Please plan for your group(s) to eat on the bus before or after their visit or at your school.
Where do we park?
Buses should drop off and pick up their groups in front of the tour location. Drivers must carry cellphones and be reachable during and after tours.
What if we are late?
To change or cancel your tour, please contact Ruth Sanchez before your tour date at firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) 333-6269. If your group is running behind on the day of your tour, please let us know by calling (757) 333-6269 before 9:30 a.m. or (757) 644-6200 after 9:30 a.m. More questions? Email Ruth Sanchez.