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What To See In An Hour

The beauty of free admission every day is that you don't have to see everything in one visit.

With that in mind, we asked our Gallery Hosts, the helpful people wearing Chrysler blue, a simple question: "If I've only got an hour, what should I see?"

Here are their suggestions.

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SHOWN ABOVE: Frederick Childe Hassam, At the Florist, oil on canvas, 1889. It's on view in our Impressionist gallery, one of the finest single-room collections you'll find anywhere. Click image to enlarge.


With Kids? Start in Ancient Worlds

If you are here with children, start in our first-floor Ancient Worlds area. The youngsters will be familiar with Egyptian mummies and ancient Greece and Rome from school, and little kids find all the faces in the Meso-American galleries quite appealing.

There's also a create-your-own art station for kids right down the hall from these first-floor galleries.

Glass Studio: Free Daily Demos at Noon

Every day the Studio is open we hold a daily demonstration at noon. One of our favorite things to do is work off the "You Draw It, We Make It" board.

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One of America's Top Glass Art Collections

For folks who don't have a coffee cup that's survived from college, we have glass more than 2,000 years old. We have centuries-old artistry ranging from fantastic beer steins to exquisitely crafted goblets and one of the finest collections of Tiffany works you'll find anywhere.

But we also have an astounding collection of Studio Movement glass art, works by artists who redefined what can be done with the medium.

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Free Gallery Talk
Daily at 2 p.m.

Our docents are amazing, and if you'd like some art appreciation during your visit, consider one of our free daily tours. Occasionally we have guest lecturers or curators, so check our online calendar when planning your visit.


Our survey of Gallery Hosts also found recommendations for some specific works:

  • "Kids love John Miller's glass-art cheeseburger and fries. You can find them upstairs in the McKinnon Modern and Contemporary Art galleries.
  • "Our two statues from the collection of Vincenzo Giustiniani." The story of their restoration is detailed on our YouTube channel.
  • "Luke Jerram's Chrysler Chandelier is art that doubles as a science lesson." You can find it in the spiral staircase linking the modern and the children galleries.
  • "The Baccarat candelabrum in Gallery 216 has never looked better."
  • "Gallery 212. With The Old Mill by Cropsey, and the works by Bierstadt, you have two of the finest landscape painters in American history."
  • "I'm a Francophile, so the Impressionists Gallery, and the Art Nouveau furniture. I'm a second-floor kind of girl."
  • "I'd tell them the Impressionists upstairs and the Baroque painters on the other side of the upstairs. The Baroque galleries include works by Rubens and Van Dyck.
  • "No visit is complete without seeing The Lunatic of Etretat or The Neophyte."
  • "The Boncoris are a real detective story, kept apart for so long. They are a good versus evil story, and a good story about conservation."

Shown below is a small sampling of some other staff favorites. For a curators' view of our most significant works, see our Collection Highlights section. And be sure to enjoy your visit to the Chrysler Museum of Art.