A fine collection of art and two historic houses make the Chrysler Museum of Art a fantastic retreat. Art works here include ... More
Chrysler Museum of Art
A fine collection of art and two historic houses make the Chrysler Museum of Art a fantastic retreat. Art works here include pieces by Andy Warhol, Louis Tiffany and Paul Gauguin. The Chrysler Library is the largest art reference library in the Southeast. Adjacent to the galleries and included in admission are the Moses Myers House, residence of Norfolk's first Jewish citizen, and the Willoughby-Baylor House. Norfolk is about a two-hour drive from Richmond. Take I-64 east to Route 33.
My wife and I decided to check out the museum as part of our honeymoon vacation. I'm not sure if it's still this way or not, but while we were there, admission was actually free. The first day that we went, my wife became engrossed in the blown glass art section. It seemed to span an entire wing of the museum. It really was impressive. We spent about 2 and a half hours looking through the blown glass exhibit alone because there was so much. But as we had tickets to a concert later that same night, we had toeave early.
We came back a second day to finish our full museum visit. There are so many artifacts and works of art that this museum is more than just an art museum. the first floor was full of historical artifacts that were impressive for both art fans and students of the social sciences. The second floor of the museum went on and on like a maze. There was art of all kinds throughout the second floor, including furniture from the 18th century. I should be noted that while my wife and I were looking at the furniture, my wife simply pointed at a piece of furnitre that looked like it was becoming aged since it was simply sitting out, and one of their power hungry wanna-be museum security people accused her of touching the furniture, when she had only pointed at it. The woman in questoin was very rude in her accusation. Our entire day was going fine until then. We decided to just leave, but not before I had my say with the people at the museum's front desk.
So while the museum is a wonderful place for fans of the cultural arts, and for fans of the social sciences, those who go should be warned to simply keep their hands to themselves, and not even point, lest one of their wanna-be security people tries to accuse you of touching.
This is an awesome museum and you would normally have to visit a much larger city to see some of the artwork on display. They have an extensive glass musuem with quite a few Tiffany pieces. The paintings are great and an extensive collection. They even have a Ruebens along with Monet, Degas, Renoir along with modern artists such as Peter Max, Lichtenstein and Warhol. The admission is cheap ($6 I think) and they have a nice little cafe for lunch that is very reasonably priced. If you live in the Norfolk area and haven't visited then you are really missing something.
My Wife and I intended to spend half a day here and found ourselves so engrossed with the collection that an entire day was lost. For a Museum located in the mid-size city of Norfolks it is a surelya crown jewel for the city. Don't miss the Impressionist and antiquities section!
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