Collections

Welcome to the Chrysler Museum of Art's collection that includes more than 30,000 works of art! Below you may browse selected groups of objects that feature either specific areas of the collection or current exhibitions from the Chrysler's collection.
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Democratic Designs: American Folk Paintings from the Chrysler Museum

August 16, 2014–April 5, 2015

The Federal-era Willoughby-Baylor House provides a perfect historical setting for an exhibition of highlights from the Chrysler Museum's deep early American collections. Democratic Designs explores the work of artists with considerable ambition and talent, but limited access to professional training. The exhibition includes works by Ammi Phillips, Edward Hicks, Erastus Salisbury Field, and their contemporaries, and the exhibition triumphantly displays individual creativity and native genius. Many pieces in this show are gifts from the pioneering collectors Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, sister of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., and her husband Col. Edgar William Garbisch.
The Norfolk Rooms

The Willoughby-Baylor House, built in 1794, was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. The Federal-era home, now reopen after an extensive renovation and re-imagination, tells the history of our heritage port city in a mix of art and artifacts we are calling The Norfolk Rooms. These second-floor galleries showcase some of the finest art and artifacts from the Tidewater region, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, and silver.
Selected by the Curator of Glass, 2500 years of glass history can be viewed amongst these 100 highlights of the Museum's glass collection.
Collected in the first half of the twentieth century, the masks and tribal sculpture in the Chrysler represent a wide range of West and Central African cultures, including Cameroon, Gabon, and Mali.
The Chrysler holds works of art representing a range of cultures including Japan and India in addition to ceramics representing every major Chinese dynasty.
Thanks to the generosity of David L. Hack, the Chrysler's Civil War Photography is one of the greatest strengths of its photography collection.
The Chrysler's Egyptian collection includes the impressive sarcophagus of Psamtik-Seneb, known as a scorpion charmer and source for anti-venom.
Donated in large part by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., the European collection ranges from jewel-like Renaissance panel paintings, to French Old Master paintings, to bold early Modernist canvases.
Citizens and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome endure through works of art created in bronze, stone, and ceramics. The Chrysler also holds a significant collection of ancient glass.
Built in 1795, the Moses Myers House was home to a family of successful shipping merchants who were also Norfolk's first permanent Jewish residents. The majority of the furnishings are original to the home, including portraits, furniture, sheet music, and family papers. Most of the house has been restored to reflect its 19th century appearance, while special exhibits on the second floor demonstrate the importance of the Myers family to Norfolk's history.
The Chrysler's collection of Mesoamerican ceramics and sculptures represents several major pre-Columbian cultures and contains important pieces created by the ancient Maya.
Work made by Louis Comfort Tiffany includes lamps, leaded glass windows, pottery, mosaics, silver and metalwork. The Chrysler's collection of blown glass made by Tiffany is broadly representative with many unique and rare examples.