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245 W Olney Rd
Phone: (757) 664-6200

Chrysler Museum Of Art

Housed in an Italianate-style structure facing the picturesque Hague Inlet of the Elizabeth River, the Chrysler Museum of Art is home to an encyclopedic collection of 30,000 objects spanning nearly 5,000 years of history. Highlights include an impressive and comprehensive survey of European and American painting and sculpture, a world-renowned glass collection, a rich photography program, Art Nouveau furniture, as well as African, Asian, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian and Islamic art. In the words of New York Times art critic John Russell, the Chrysler boasts objects "...any museum in the world would kill for."

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

Ranging from the colonial portraiture of John Singleton Copley to the contemporary art of Nam June Paik and Elizabeth Murray, the Chrysler’s collection of American painting and sculpture is one of its greatest glories. The collection began to take shape in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s with a small but choice group of purchases made by the Chrysler’s forerunner, the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. Yet the bulk of the Chrysler’s present strength in the area of American art is due to the rich intersection of three major gifts made in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Chrysler’s collection of European painting and sculpture constitutes one of its greatest strengths. It also ranks among the finest and most distinctive collections of its kind in the United States. Donated in large part by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., the European collection ranges from jewel-like Renaissance panel paintings by Marx Reichlich and Jan Gossaert to bold early modernist canvases by Henri Matisse and Georges Braque. The shape of the collection reflects the extraordinary breadth of Mr. Chrysler’s artistic interests, his foresight, and his particular passion for Italian and French painting.

Since Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.’s death in 1988, the Chrysler's collection has continued to grow, particularly in the area of contemporary art. During the early 1990s, the Museum sponsored a series of exhibitions of contemporary painting and sculpture—Parameters—that brought several works by emerging artists into the collection. One of these purchases, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s Trade, has since been recognized as a major statement of 1990s American painting.

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Previous Exhibitions


TO AUGUST 12, 2007

Over the last 36 years, his passion and love for history has driven him to build an enormous collection of exquisite, original cartography, exploring the way early European settlers visualized the New World. He has acquired over 400 maps drawn by John White, Captain John Smith, the first American geographer Thomas Hutchins, and even a map of Jefferson County drawn by former President George Washington during his teenage years!

Now, private collector William Woolridge has generously agreed to share a select few of these rare maps with the Chrysler Museum of Art and the general public in the new exhibition Envisioning Virginia 1587–1784: Early Maps of the New World, now open through August 12, 2007.


MAY 16—AUGUST 5, 2007

Imagine what the world must look like through the eyes of an infant. With only a camera and a little ingenuity, world-renowned photographer Jean-Christian Bourcart does just that and much more by capturing the essence of innocence in his newest exhibition, Stardust, now available for public viewing through August 5, 2007 at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The Chrysler Museum will host a special lecture by Jean-Christian Bourcart on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 7 p.m., at which Bourcart will discuss his career and achievements as a photographer.

This unique exhibition features a collection of chromomeric photographs (produced from negatives) that mirror what newborns may be seeing when their parents are bending over their cribs, resembling images in a dream sequence. ...+ [ Read all ]


$7.00 for adults
$5.00 for teachers, seniors, military, and VHTA members
$6.00 for AAA members

FREE to all visitors ages 18 and under and all students with a valid college ID.
Wednesdays are by voluntary contribution

Opening hours

The museum is open on Wednesday from 10am to 9pm, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays


With a collection of 80,000 volumes, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most important art libraries in the South.
The restaurant is also available for parties and large dinners. Please call 757 428-6700 for more information.
Open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday 12 - 3 p.m.

The Museum Shop takes pride in offering items that are unique and unusual - you won't find our cards, art books, or jewelry at any shopping mall, and you can be certain that any item you choose will be of the finest quality. Care is taken to ensure that all items we offer have been faithfully reproduced and skillfully crafted.

To place a credit card order, call us during regular Museum hours at (757) 333-6297 or send an e-mail to

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News and events

Regional musicians perform every Wednesday night from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Museum’s Huber Court. Wine and refreshments are available for purchase, and the Museum galleries stay open for guests’ enjoyment.

Sponsored by Farm Fresh, The Fine Art of Wine—an informal tasting—takes place the first Wednesday of each month. Members receive a $1 discount on each glass of wine and half off wine tastings. Reservations are not required.


The staff of the Chrysler Museum of Art and Historic Houses are committed to designing programs that are multicultural, multidisciplinary, and supportive of the Virginia Standards of Learning. The programs developed in support of the collection and changing exhibitions provide both a window into other times and places and a medium through which to better understand our own era.

To schedule a tour at the Museum, please call (757) 333-6269 or e-mail


The Chrysler has a variety of regular offerings and many special events that are sure to please the entire family.

Sunday Surprises generally take place one Sunday each month and offer fun and educational activities for the entire family. All programs are included with Museum admission or free to Museum Members. For more information, please call (757) 333-6239.


The museum has a range of Adult Programs and workshops, including talks and conferences, and a senior Art Forum.

Each month, you can enjoy a film in Mary’s Garden with complimentary snacks, a cash bar, and a gallery tour relating to the movie. Cinema al Fresco is held on the last Wednesday of the month in July and August and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The gallery tour and film portion of the event begin at 8 p.m. Table seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the film will be shown in the Kaufman Theatre.

Admission: $5 for Museum Members; $6 for students with valid ID, $7 for non-Members, non-students. For more information, please call 333-6298 or e-mail

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