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Established in 1979, this historic theater is named for its original proprietor, the Father of Vaudeville, Jake Wells. Today, the Wells is home to the Virginia Stage Company and regularly hosts productions. The Wells and the VSC in the past have put on such productions as My Fair Lady and A Christmas Carol. Besides theatrical productions, workshops, residential programs for artists and performers and summer camps at the theater are also organised by the company.
This historic home was built in 1854 for James Hunter, his wife Lizzie, and their three children. All of the children remained unmarried, and the youngest, Eloise, converted the house to the museum as part of her Hunter Foundation. The museum opened in 1988 and gives visitors a glimpse into lives of a wealthy family at the end of the 19th Century. Friendly docents conduct tours every half hour, explaining the history of the house as well as the lives of the Hunter family.
A fine collection of art and two historic houses make the Chrysler Museum of Art a fantastic retreat. Art works here include pieces by Andy Warhol, Louis Tiffany and Paul Gauguin. Savor art in the form of Greco-Roman, Islamic, Egyptian, Asian, and African masterpieces. The Impressionism, Sculpture and Photography galleries are sure to enthral you. The Chrysler Library is the largest art reference library in the Southeast. Adjacent to the galleries and included in admission are the Moses Myers House, residence of Norfolk's first Jewish citizen, and the Willoughby-Baylor House.
Downtown Norfolk is the real heartbeat of the city. Downtown, visitors will find all kinds of attractions, from museums to theaters, boutiques, restaurants, bars and a beautiful waterfront view. Make sure Downtown is on your list when you visit Norfolk. It's hard to miss!
Start off your journey on Norfolk's Civil War Trail at the VisitNorfolk office, where you'll pick up the map that will guide you through Norfolk's Civil War history. This trail passes through many historic sites in the city that played a role in the Civil War. On your self-guided tour you will pass through Fort Norfolk, the Black Civil War Memorial and Freemason District, among other points of historical interest. A perfect and educational outing for a day out in Norfolk.
d'ART Center in Norfolk is synonymous with creativity. A haven for art lovers and connoisseurs alike, this art space is home to a bevy of assorted artists who showcase the best of their creative talent at its premises. Lay eyes on some of the most exotic art exhibitions: watercolors, oils and other mediums that are sure to delight your inner artist. Special art sessions, workshops and classes are there for you to take advantage of and explore. Know more about lending the finishing touches to a pot or a sculpture, or make a piece of jewelry to gift your loved ones. Regular art camps make the process of learning exciting even as you drown in a sea of colors. Entry is free. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.