Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
STAY HOME IF SICK
If you’re experiencing any signs of illness, please delay your visit.
ENTERING THE MUSEUM
At the main Museum entrance, please only enter through the doors specified “Entrance.”
Museum staff will increase the cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces. Plexiglass barriers will protect employees and guests from direct contact at the Museum Welcome Desk, Glass Studio Welcome Desk, Education Lounge, and the Museum Shop. Read the full list of updated safety guidelines.
Visitors ages 3 and up+ are required to wear a face covering. The use of face coverings is mandatory for employees, volunteers, and vendors in all common areas until further notice. Disposable masks will be available for a recommended donation of $2.
GLASS STUDIO DEMONSTRATIONS
The Perry Glass Studio hopes to offer demonstrations with limited capacity and appropriate distancing. Reserve your tickets.
ASK A GALLERY HOST
If you have questions, Gallery Hosts, wearing blue, are throughout the building and happy to help.
PROTECT THE ART
Experience the art by looking at it for as long as you like. Please help us preserve the works in our galleries by not touching the art, leaning on walls or pedestals, or running through galleries.
Capacity will be limited to four people at a time, and guests will be asked to swipe their own credit cards. If you prefer to shop online, visit shop.chrysler.org.
The Wonder Studio, the Museum’s interactive family gallery, as well as the Library Reading Room will remain closed until further notice.
Take pictures of your favorite works, but help us keep the art safe by not using a flash, tripod, or selfie stick. When you get the perfect shot, share it with us on social media @chryslermuseum and use #ChryslerMuseum.
FOOD AND DRINKS
The Wisteria Café is closed.
VISITING WITH CHILDREN
We are excited to welcome the next generation of museum enthusiasts. Children can explore the galleries on foot or in a stroller. Please do not carry children on your shoulders.
Feel free to sketch in our galleries with dry media (pencils, crayons, pastels). Wet media (watercolors, paint, etc.) are allowed with advanced permission. Please contact our Registration Department at 757-965-2030 or email@example.com.
Exhibitions on View
Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920
Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers
Robert Davis: Home
Regeneration: Works from the Fall 2020 Glass Studio Assistants
Clear as Crystal: Colorless Glass from the Chrysler Museum
During your visit
Perry Glass Studio
Discover how masterpieces in the Chrysler’s glass collection were made.
The state-of-the-art facility presents free live glassmaking demonstrations Tuesday through Sunday at noon and a variety of classes for all skill levels.Learn more about the Glass Studio
Our HistoryView the timeline
THE MUSEUM BUILDING
The Chrysler Museum of Art opened in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. Since then, the Museum has been expanded six times. Today, the 220,000-square-foot Museum features more than fifty galleries, a restaurant, and a theater.
NORFOLK SOCIETY OF ARTS
The Norfolk Society of Arts (NSA), established in 1917, was born from the Irene Leache Foundation, an organization established in honor of a teacher devoted to bringing the arts to Norfolk. The NSA was founded “to stimulate and further the interest in art in Norfolk and to establish an art museum.” The NSA took its first major step toward bringing a museum to Norfolk in 1923 by creating The Museum Building Fund. By 1926, NSA member Florence Sloane was leading the efforts to garner financial support. Florence and her husband, William, were textile mill owners and art connoisseurs from New York. Their former home is operated today as the Hermitage Museum and Gardens.
In 1927, the NSA secured the future museum’s first collection objects, Harriet Frismuth’s Play Days and Lillies, Lanterns, and Sunshine, a painting by Helen Turner. The NSA’s free lecture series was established in the 1950s and continues to bring notable curators, historians, architects, journalists, professors, and others to the Chrysler. Read more about the NSA
WHO WAS WALTER P. CHRYSLER, JR.?
Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. (1909–1988), the son of the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, was one of America’s preeminent collectors. He focused his acquisitions largely on twentieth-century art, American and Old Master paintings, sculpture, and glass.
In 1971, Chrysler’s wife Jean, a Norfolk native, encouraged him to gift much of his collection to the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences after his collection outgrew a space in Massachusetts. The institution was renamed in his honor.
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