Chrysler Museum Expansion and Renovation
Click to play a 17-minute video produced by Norfolk Commissioner of Revenue Sharon MacDonald about our renovation project, entitled "Polishing The Jewel of Norfolk: The Chrysler Museum."
Here's A Sneak Peek
At How It Will All Look
Many museums, when they are considering expansion, attempt to make a bold new architectural statement. The Chrysler will not. It was a goal of the design process to change the overall exterior appearance as little as possible.
We have, for instance, two magnificent live oaks in the front of our building, and they will not be touched. We will build around them.
New first floor layout
New second floor layout
Before and after, Memorial Garden
Before and after, Mary's Garden
For a look at how our main building has evolved over the decades, click here.
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At the Chrysler Museum of Art we are in the process of expanding and renovating our main building, and the end result will be more gallery space, better amenities and freshly redesigned exhibits.
A key component of our renovation is the replacement of outdated heating and cooling systems—which are absolutely crucial in protecting and preserving our works of art—with more modern, efficient systems. Such green initiatives will help us reduce our energy bill, which currently tops $40,000 per month.
Centuries-old paintings cannot be kept in a facility without temperature and humidity control, so our main building will be closed throughout 2013, with the grand reopening of the Museum scheduled for April 2014.
The main building may be closed, but the Chrysler's mission proceeds undettered:
- Not only will the Glass Studio and Moses Myers House remain open, we have converted the Norfolk History Museum into a new gallery dedicated to our stellar collection of American art.
- We will partner with other museums and galleries all across Hampton Roads to put our works on view. For full detals, see our page on The Chrysler Museum Roadshow.
The expanded and renovated Museum will allow us to display more works of art, including a major expansion of our display of glass and contemporary art. It will provide a more engaging visitor experience, including a vastly expanded Cafe and Wi-Fi access in every gallery. It will improve handicapped access, traffic flow and parking, and it will set the stage for a bright future for the entire Museum campus.
The building project, expected to cost $24 million, is part of an overall $45 million capital campaign. To read a note from Museum Director William Hennessey on the success of the campaign to date, and how you can help in the future, click here.