Can a fine arts museum filled with gorgeous (and fragile) glass artwork be kid-friendly? That’s what I wondered when we visited the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia during the Virginia media tour I attended a few weeks ago.
Our tour guide, a former teacher, assured me that the museum is very kid-friendly. On most days, she guides families through the museum, and her gentle manner led me to believe that she’d be great at those tours. Admission is free for everyone, all of the time, so there’s no risk to going – if your child doesn’t like it, you could always leave.
There is lots of kid programming offered, including monthly family days held on the second Saturday of the month, summer films on Fridays for children, and stroller tours. Most of the art is colorful and bright, making it something that would appeal to little ones. I know that my daughter especially would enjoy seeing 3D works of art rather than paintings on a wall.
The Chrysler Museum also has an adjacent glass studio where you can actually watch artwork being made. There are also classes and workshops available.
2013 Update! Please note that the Chrysler Museum of Art is currently undergoing substantial construction. They are expanding and renovating the main building, and will be replacing the heating and cooling system, which will save over $40,000 per year. As a result of that, the main building will be closed through all of 2013 and into part of 2014. The Glass Studio and Moses Myers House remain open throughout the construction project, while many pieces can be seen at the Norfolk History Museum. There’s also a museum roadshow that guests can see – check out the Chrysler Museum Roadshow website for more details about this.
Chrysler Museum of Art
245 West Olney Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23510