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Noon to 5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
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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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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 former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. More about the house

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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

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Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
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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

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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 former home now presents 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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July 18, 2018

The Chrysler Museum of Art Opens its First Interactive Gallery for Families

NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2018) – Children and families can explore, play and create in the Chrysler Museum’s Wonder Studio, a free asset for the community. Located adjacent to Huber Court, the Museum’s primary gathering area, the family-friendly interactive space is a new step for the Museum in imagining how to engage visitors through unique and immersive experiences. “The combination of digital technology with the works from the Chrysler collection places us at the forefront of museums. Museum guests will have the opportunity to experience our collection in a way that will help them discover their own creativity. We are grateful for the gift from a generous anonymous donor that made this innovative space possible,” said Museum Director Erik H. Neil.

The Wonder Studio is creative, fun and experimental. Visitors are encouraged to linger with comfortable seating, to explore with a curious eye and to be creative, becoming part of the experience. “For many years, children’s and science museums, zoos and aquaria have been on the leading edge of providing interesting and active experiences for families with young children, but many parents feel uncomfortable taking their children to art museums,” said Anne Corso, the Chrysler’s Director of Education. “With much participation from family focus groups, we believe that we have developed an experience that will balance play, experimentation and art, all while giving parents a relaxing and comfortable space for their families. The Wonder Studio will help the Chrysler cultivate the next generation of museum-goers.”

Changing periodically, the Wonder Studio presents different themes related to the Museum’s extensive collection. In The Human Figure, activities blend analog and digital interactions, encouraging visitors to consider how artists see the human body and think about how they can create new kinds of art.

  • The Colorscape allows visitors to use the human body to dance and move with color, projecting their artistic experiments on the floor.
  • The Studio takes a whimsical view of the Museum’s collection. Using a digital version of an artist’s easel, visitors can select various works of art from the Chrysler’s collection and create a masterpiece of their own using a combination of elements from each piece. The interactive and intuitive game was developed and customized for the space by Bruce Wyman of USD Design|MACH Consulting and kid-tested during the development phase.
  • In the center of the Wonder Studio, The Artquarium immerses visitors in a visual explosion of artworks like a multi-faceted jewel while giving visitors clever tools to find little points of discovery and delight. Visitors young and old can get up close with masterpieces from the Museum’s collection, encased in plexiglass. Periscopes and ear horns allow visitors to zoom in on details and hear kid-friendly tidbits about the works on display.

The Chrysler Museum of Art worked with Bruce Wyman of USD Design|MACH Consulting; design firms Upswell and Plus & Greater Than, both of Portland, Ore.; Museum Evaluation Consultant Kate Haley Goldman of Silver Spring, Md. to create the Wonder Studio.

Our Wonder Studio was also recently featured on 13 News Now:

 

ABOUT THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The core of the Chrysler’s collection comes from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. The Museum, expanded in 2014 to add additional gallery spaces and amenities for visitors, now has growing collections in many areas and mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs each season. The Chrysler has also been recognized nationally for its unique commitment to hospitality with its innovative gallery host program.

The Perry Glass Studio is a state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. The studio offers programming for aspiring and master artists alike in a variety of processes including glassblowing, fusing, flameworking, coldworking and neon. The studio has also cultivated a reputation for its cutting-edge performance evenings, and was the host venue of the 2017 Glass Arts Society Conference.

In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art administers two historic houses in downtown Norfolk: the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House, as well as the Jean Outland Chrysler Library on the campus of Old Dominion University. General admission is free at all venues. For more information on the Chrysler Museum of Art, visit chrysler.org.

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