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.” All bags and parcels larger than 11″ x 15″ will be inspected upon entry. Backpacks are not permitted in the galleries, but feel free to check them at our complimentary lockers or complimentary coat check.
Respect other visitors by staying at least 6 feet apart from other parties. Read the full list of updated safety guidelines.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the safety of everyone in our community, the Museum will continue monitoring capacity limits. Visitors are welcome to wear masks.
GLASS STUDIO DEMONSTRATIONS
Tuesday through Sunday at noon. Advance tickets are no longer required.
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 is limited and guests will be asked to swipe their own credit cards. If you prefer to shop online, visit shop.chrysler.org.
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
Wisteria Café is open Wednesday–Sunday during Museum hours with Grab & Go options. Please enjoy your food and beverages in Huber Court or our gardens. Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries.
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.
Exhibitions on View
While You're Here
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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