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Special Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Winslow Homer painting

American Treasures at the Willoughby-Baylor House

For 2013, the Chrysler Museum will be relocating favorites from our renowned collection of American art to the historic Willoughby-Baylor House. Come experience more than 50 of our best American paintings and sculptures—including works by John Singleton Copley, Albert Bierstadt, Susan Watkins, and Winslow Homer— in the intimate rooms of this restored 1794 home.

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Moses Myers Maritime Merchant display

Moses Myers, Maritime Merchant

This exhibit demonstrates how the career of Moses Myers touched on almost every aspect of international shipping, revealing the types of products bought and sold, the methods of doing business, the profits to be made, the risks involved, and how his work benefitted his community and his country. And, in a classic reminder of how the more things change, the more they stay the same, one of his top exported items was Smithfield hams.

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Barton Myers, the first citizen of Norfolk

Barton Myers, Norfolk Visionary

Mayor Barton Myers transformed his city from your basic coastal town into a thriving modern metropolis. This ongoing display at the Moses Myers House details an extraordinary life of public service, from boosting the region's port and railroads to playing a key role in the spectacular Jamestown Exposition of 1907.

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Past Exhibitions

Victorious African-American soldiers in a Civil War scene

Standing on the Precipice of Change: Race, Slavery and the Civil War in Hampton Roads

This exhibition features popular and forgotten images, and helps provide an understanding of the impact this devastating war had on America’s population, from soldiers to civilians, from free to slave.

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Time magazine cover

Lessons of Massive Resistance

Norfolk was the talk of the nation in late 1958 when Virginia’s governor chose to engage in the ultimate act of “massive resistance.” By executive order, he closed public schools instead of integrating them, and the city found itself embroiled in a full-fledged legal, political, and cultural war with national implications. This exhibition looked at what it took to bring about school desegregation, and the 17 young African-Americans who paved the way.

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Old horsedrawn carriage

Crossroads: Transportation in Norfolk

Norfolk has transformed itself several times over, and this exhibition showcased an exciting array of photographs and artifacts that demonstrated the various methods citizens used to get around town. Six classic historic pictures await your click.

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