Norfolk, Virginia, is a great place for young people to encounter arts and culture. “The City of Norfolk is extremely fortunate to have rich history mixed with a vibrant art scene,” says Kurt Krause, president and CEO of Visit Norfolk. “This provides students a great waterfront location to explore and learn how art, history, and a city’s culture can build a strong community.”
Use these ideas to build an arts and culture itinerary.
Norfolk has the largest collection of free, public glass art in the world. Find pieces from renowned artists like Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, and Louis Comfort Tiffany throughout the waterfront city’s multiple museums, galleries, restaurants, and hotels. All glass exhibits are free and open to the public.
Stop at Chrysler Museum of Art, which has 50 galleries. Discover more beautiful pieces at Barry Art Museum on the Old Dominion University campus. The glass sculpture collection, featuring internationally known makers, enables the university to contribute substantially to the region’s growing reputation as a glass art center. Watch local artists at work, stroll through the public gallery, or sign up for art classes at D’art Center.
Located across from the Chrysler Museum of Art is its Perry Glass Studio, a modern, 7,000-square-foot facility for aspiring and master artists. The studio offers narrated demonstrations from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The demonstrations are an incredible way to gain a little more insight into the beauty and craft behind glass art. There is an option to take a glassblowing class for a more hands-on experience.
Norfolk’s NEON District (New Energy of Norfolk) is home to dozens of vibrant murals, cultural events, and live performances. Take a guided walking tour of the neighborhood with Norfolk Tour Company or wander at your own pace. Find incredible restaurants and cafes perfect for a bite to eat in between exploring.
Norfolk venues welcome a wide range of live performances throughout the year, from Broadway shows at Chrysler Hall to performances at the historic Attucks Theatre and Wells Theatre. Enjoy the warmer weather with live performances outside at the Virginia Arts Festival’s Perry Pavilion.
Get a taste of Norfolk’s naval history at Nauticus, the maritime discovery center located along the waterfront downtown.
Main image: Chrysler Museum of Art; credit: Virginia Tourism Corporation