Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Give the most overworked sense a vacation with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a household membership (good for two adults and their children or grandchildren age 17 and under) plus the For Art's Sake membership for young professionals at the Chrysler Museum of Art, located in Norfolk.
With the Chrysler's household membership, art enthusiasts get a diverse palette of benefits, including unlimited free admission to all special exhibitions, such as Dawoud Bey's large-as-life photography of an economically varied set of high schools, which runs through August 8, 2010. You'll also receive special invitations to members-only exhibition previews, guest passes for friends and family, and numerous chances to learn about Monet's disregarded BMX dirt-bike sketches. Young, aesthetically minded professionals also gain membership to For Art's Sake, a social networking group that provides free admission to every Warm It! and Cool It! seasonal after-work concert for an audible edge to the visual feast. Check the museum's website for a full list of benefits, including discounts at The Museum Shop and Cuisine & Company at the Chrysler Café.
Housed in an awe-inspiring Italian-style edifice, the Chrysler Museum of Art is home to a collection of more than 35,000 American and European paintings and pieces of contemporary art, glass art, photography, and more. Inspect the smooth contours in the museum's world-class glass-art galleries, which include Tiffany pieces and a cameo glass collection upstairs which is headlined by John Northwood I's Milton Vase, emblazoned with images from Milton's Paradise Lost. The museum's European paintings include works from paint-based sharpshooters such as Diego Velázquez and Paul Gauguin, while the contemporary art section boasts the pixels of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and modernist mastermind Georgia O'Keeffe. The museum will also display an authenticated Johannes Vermeer work, Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, until Labor Day. Avoid the typical paddle-oriented hazing ceremonies that come standard at frat museums and get the chance to gander at priceless artifacts with a membership to the Chrysler Museum of Art.
This Groupon is good for new members only.
Frommer's gives the Chrysler Museum of Art three out of three stars. Yelpers give it an average of five stars. Six TripAdvisors give the museum an average of 4.5 owl eyes and Insider Pagers give it a four-star average:
- …it's Virginia's finest art museum, spanning artistic periods from ancient Egypt to the present and including one of the finest and most comprehensive glass collections in the world. – Frommer's
- The Chrysler Museum of Art is stunning inside and out. Locals and tourists alike should visit more than once to soak in the monsterous [sic] art collections here. – Molly B., Yelp
- The glass collection is not to be missed. – dtharter, TripAdvisor