Museums & Local Attractions

Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk)

The New York Times described the Chrysler collection as "one any museum in the world would kill for." Comprising over 30,000 objects, the collection spans over 5000 years of world history. American and European paintings and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the present day form the core of the collection. The museum`s most significant holdings include works by Tintoretto, Veronese, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velazquez, Salvator Rosa, Gianlorenzo Bernini, John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Eugene Delacroix, Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, Gustave Dore, Albert Bierstadt, Auguste Rodin, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin, Georges Rouault, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn, Karen LaMonte and Franz Kline. The Chrysler Museum is home to the final sculpture of the Baroque master Gianlorenzo Bernini, a marble bust of Jesus created as a gift for the artist`s benefactor, Queen Christina of Sweden.The Museum also houses one of the world`s greatest collections of glass (including outstanding works by Louis Comfort Tiffany), distinguished holdings in the decorative arts, and a fine and growing collection of photography. The arts of the ancient world, Asia, Africa, and Pre-Columbian America are also well represented.

Location: 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-664-6200

Military Aviation Museum (Pungo - just minutes from Sandbridge)

The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II-era military aircraft in the world. Each has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition, using original parts whenever possible. Most of the planes are airworthy and flown at the museum during flight demonstrations and at air shows throughout the year.

Location:1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457

Phone:757-721-7767

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia Beach)

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. By operating at a national standard, MOCA received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2010.

Location:2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Phone:757-425-0000

Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin

Nauticus is an exciting interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more!

Location:1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone:757-664-1000

Hampton Roads Naval Museum (Norfolk)

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is an official museum of the United States Navy and reports to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C. The museum is dedicated to the study of 235 years of naval history in the Hampton Roads region. The museum assists the City of Norfolk and Nauticus: The National Maritime Center with docent training and management of the small artifact collection concerning the battleship Wisconsin.

Phone:757-322-2987