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The Chrysler Museum of Art, May 2021

The Chrysler Museum of Art offers free admission with timed tickets. I’ve always considered the collection at the museum to be disproportionally large for a city the size of Norfolk. It wouldn’t do it much justice to cover in just one post. The glass collection is the most prominent, so we will start there with our May visit.
Disclaimer; I have no expertise in art. Zero.

Glass Collection

The Chrysler Museum is renowned for its glass collection. Ancient glass pieces mix with Tiffany windows, paperweights, and modern art pieces. When I visit with Alice, we choose one case and each choose a favorite. Sometimes we guess each other’s favorite.
And every time we return to some of our more unique favorite pieces.

The Owl of Minerva Takes Flight in the Dusk, Steffen Dam

Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920

Exhibition summary: “Americans in Spain examines the widespread influence of Spanish art and culture on American painting.” “The exhibition presents more than seventy paintings alongside nineteenth-century photographs, prints, and travel guides. The works on view come from a wide range of national and international collections…..” read more on the Chrysler Museum of Art’s website.

Museum Quality Granada Art (above) vs. Erving Quality Granada Art (a poor quality photo blown up to look like we painted it)

In 2011 Alex and I visited Spain and our first stop (after a long sleepless flight) was the Prado Museum in Madrid. I looked forward to returning to a collection of Spanish art while less jet-lagged. This exhibition showed how Spanish art told stories of the culture and inspired travel. Granada and the Alhambra rightfully provided inspiration for many Spanish and American artists.

Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920 Exhibition runs through May 16, 2021

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Norfolk, VA

Welcome to Mermaid City! The Chrysler Museum of Art is situated directly between Downtown Norfolk and the Historic Ghent Neighborhood.


The History & Arts

Ready for more Norfolk Museums?

Visual Arts: Hermitage Museum & Gardens, Barry Art Museum
Live Arts: Virginia Stage Company, The Hurrah Players, Generic Theater, The Norva, and the Seven Venues.
History: Naticus & Battleship Wisconsin, The Moses Myers House, and Naval Base Cruises


Outdoor Excursions

Visit some of Norfolk’s outdoor attractions.

Outdoor Museums: Virginia Zoo in Norfolk and Norfolk Botanical Garden
Festivals: Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, and Festevents
Sports: Norfolk Tides Baseball



Ghent and downtown are the hubs for dining in Norfolk, so let’s just get started on this post with some recommendations for Italian food:

Downtown: Leone’s, Luce, Varia
Ghent: Codex, Cogan’s, Y’Not Pizza, Crudo Nudo, Press 626

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