May 11, 2016

The Chrysler Museum of Art

Last weekend Dave and I wanted to do a special date day. We just celebrated 10 years of dating, and we wanted to celebrate accordingly, while still sticking to our budget. There are so many free things to do in our area, and a lot of them we haven’t experienced. We are slowly checking off our Virginia Bucket List before we move in August.

We originally planned to go hiking down in an area of Virginia Beach, but the weather was a little iffy. There was a chance of rain, and it was sun-showering, so we didn’t want to risk doing an outside activity.

We ended up going to visit the Chrysler Museum of Art, which is located in downtown Norfolk. The museum and glass studio have FREE admission every day, which was perfect. I specifically wanted to visit the glass studio, because they do live demonstrations at noon. The Chrysler also has a huge collection of glass, which was really cool. 

The demonstration at the glass studio took about an hour, and the glassblowers created a small monster figurine. It was so interesting to see how fast they had to work, and how sturdy the glass was while it was being blown. At one point I leaned over to Dave and remarked how it was cool that this art form is virtually untouched by technology. Shaping and sculpting is all done the same way it was 100 years ago.

After we left the glass studio, we went over to the art museum. My favorite genre of art is by far impressionism. I was surprised to find quite a large collection of impressionist paintings, including some that I recognized by Mary Cassatt, Monet, and Cezanne.

There was also a huge collection of historical pieces, including a sarcophagus, and tons of non-western artifacts. My favorite in this section was the Chinese pottery.

We didn’t end up getting through the whole museum before our stomachs were growling for lunch. But we can go back any time (I’m thinking of making a lunch time visit sometime soon!) since it is free, and you can just walk in to where you want to go.

If you are in the Hampton Roads area, definitely check out the Chrysler Museum of Art and the glass studio. Very interesting, and a great way to spend a rainy day.

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