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Museums & Galleries

Glass Art Society Conference - JUNE 1-3, 2017

Norfolk's famed Chrysler Museum will host the 46th annual conference of the Glass Art Society (GAS), Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance, offering demonstrations, lectures, theatrical glass performances, and special events such as a local gallery hop, goblet grab, international student exhibition, and more. The Museum boasts a collection of more than 10,000 works in glass, including a world-famous extensive Tiffany collection.


Exhibition: The Paris of Toulouse Lautrec - MARCH 10-JUNE 18, 2017

In his paintings and posters, legendary post-Impressionist Toulouse Lautrec chronicled the cafes and dance halls of bell epoque Paris, including the legendary Moulin Rouge. See the extraordinary originals, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Exhibition: Thomas Hart Benton and the Navy - MAY 18-SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

A heroic period in American history as captured by one of the quintessential American painters of the era: this exhibition captures the steel, smoke, salt water and sinew of America's navy might during the first and second World Wars.


With more than 50 new and renovated galleries filled with paintings, sculpture, glass, photography, and the decorative arts, the new Chrysler offers experiences that delight, inspire, and transform. We hope you enjoy your visit today!


General admission to the Chrysler Museum of Art and its world-class permanent collection is always free. Glass Studio also are free.

Museum / Glass Studio Hours:

Tuesdays-Saturdays 10AM-5PM, Sundays 12PM-5PM, Mondays CLOSED

Third Thursday Evenings Until 10PM

757-664-6200 / www.chrysler.org



Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and Tête-à-Tête - MAY 12-AUGUST 13, 2017

This acclaimed museum features painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. In this exhibition, Mickalene Thomas explores the photographic image as a touchstone for her practice, reflecting a personal community of inspiration. The exhibition also includes Tête-à-Tête, an installation curated by Thomas that includes work from photographers who have inspired her.

TICKETS $7.70 Adults, $5.50 Children; Free for MOCA Members



The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a nonprofit institution founded in 1952 to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. Regularly changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its four primary activities--gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational outreach programs and outdoor art shows--MOCA seeks to involve a diverse regional public in the rich and active language of contemporary visual art.

Exhibit Hours:

Tuesdays-Fridays 10AM-5PM, Saturdays 10AM-4PM, Sundays 12PM-4PM, Mondays CLOSED. Certified "Virginia Green."

757-425-0000 / virginiamoca.org


Explore Virginia's natural heritage at this "living museum," a combination native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve, and planetarium.

757-595-1900 / www.thevlm.org



Located within the park shared by the Mariners' Museum, this lively gallery offers an ever-changing array of exhibitions, events, and studio classes.


757-596-8175 / www.pfac-va.org


757-625-4211 / d-artcenter.org


The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War Two and World War One era fighters, bombers, trainers, and seaplanes. With the upper level viewing areas, you can see the wide range of planes on display. Then take a walk around the planes themselves, get close up to see these magnificent flying machines beautifully restored to their former glory.


757-721-7767 / militaryaviationmuseum.org

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.


Gardens and More


Roam 155 beautiful acres, where charming bridges cross waterways lined with roses, hydrangeas, camellias, and native Virginia plants. 


757-441-5830 / www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org


For one week every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia's most picturesque gardens and private homes during "America's Largest Open House."




Norfolk Home and Garden Tour tickets available for purchase at

757-489-1963 / www.norfolkgardentour.org


The Hermitage Museum & Gardens, formerly home to the Sloane family, is an early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate located on the shore of the Lafayette River in Norfolk, Virginia. Featuring a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years, the hermitage is home to contemporary exhibition galleries, a Visual Arts Studio, working artist studios, and 12 acres of gardens.

757-423-2052 / thehermitagemuseum.org



Tours and tastings, food and wine pairing dinners, strolls through the beautiful grounds: Virginia's largest, award-winning winery is an unforgettable experience!


Offering rejuvenating experiences for resort and day guests, this beautiful spa radiates Southern charm harmonizing with its historical surroundings.

757-220-7720 ; 800-688-6479 / thespa@cwf.org

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.


History by Land and Sea

This spectacular maritime-themed science center offers hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters, aquarium, digital high-def films and an extensive array of educational programs. Berthed alongside the center is the fabled USS Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. 

757-664-1000 / nauticus.org


Be inspired by the story of General Douglas MacArthur in this moving memorial that honors him and the millions of men and women who served in World War I, World War II, and Korea.

757-593-4987 / macarthurmemorial.org 

Anchors aweigh! Sail across the sparkling Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads harbor on the American Rover Tall Ship Cruise, the Carrie B, the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise, or Spirit of Norfolk.

757-627-7245 / americanrover.com

757-393-4735 / carriebcruises.com

757-625-3866 / spiritofnorfolk.com

Get a captivating look at centuries of seafaring adventure in this treasure trove designated by Congress as America's national maritime museum, and learn about the Civil War Battle of the Ironclads in its "USS Monitor Center."

757-596-2222 ; 800-581-7245 / marinersmuseum.org

Family Fun

Journey to mysterious places inhabited by exotic animals from around the world. Board the Norfolk Southern Express train for an expedition to Asia-Trail of the Tiger, or go on safari to Africa's Okavango Delta. The Virginia Zoo exhibits more than 400 animals on 53 beautifully landscaped acres.


757-441-2374 / virginiazoo.org


Explore the touch pools and "curiosity carts" at this hands-on aquarium, home to over 700,000 gallons of water then wander a nature trail through a marsh and woodland preserve, and watch a movie on the towering six-story IMAX screen.

757-425-3474 / virginiaaquarium.com

The Children's Museum of Virginia is a place where families and caregivers with children ages 1-11 are encouraged to imagine, explore, and discover together through play. Children step inside a world where bubbles grow bigger than they are, where the forces of energy electrify and spark their imagination, where they can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, a star gazer and more.

757-393-5258 / childrensmuseumvirginia.com


Norfolk NATO Festival events

Thursday, April 28, 2018 - Scope Plaza, Norfolk, VA 

Enjoy a cultural sampling of music and a colorful display of NATO Member Nation flags and uniforms in this military presentation representing all 28 NATO Member Nations. FREE!



Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Downtown Norfolk, VA - 10AM

The only parade in the United States to honor NATO. Over 100 parade units with local and visiting high school bands, US and international military bands, and colorful floats to represent each of the 28 NATO Member Nations. FREE!



Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Town Point Park, Norfolk, VA 

Explore international heritage with cultural performances, cuisine, art, and international beers. Immediately following the parade. FREE!


Albania • Belgium • Bulgaria • Canada • Croatia • Czech Republic • Denmark • Estonia • France • Germany • Greece • Hungary • Iceland • Italy • Latvia • Lithuania • Luxembourg • The Netherlands • Norway • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Slovakia • Slovenia • Spain • Turkey • United Kingdom • United States

757-282-2801 / norfolknatofestival.org



With an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, and living options covering 17 city blocks, Town Center is fast becoming one of Hampton Roads' hottest destinations. Grab a bite at a local eatery or a national restaurant. Shop at popular brand retailers and upscale boutiques. Then enjoy world-class performances at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, all within walking distance!

757-497-2113 / www.vabeachtowncenter.com


Located in the heart of downtown Norfolk, and just a few blocks from the waterfront, MacArthur Center offers 140 extraordinary stores, along with an 18-screen theater surrounding a beautiful 70-foot atrium.

757-627-6000 / https://www.shopmacarthur.com/visitors-center

Local Community Events

The Organ Swell 2018

Deborah Carr, artistic director

May 13, 2018, 4pm
First Presbyterian in Virginia Beach




For additional information contact Deborah Carr at (757) 406-4970.