Hermitage Museum – FREE Admission for 2021
Museum Admission is FREE through the rest of 2021
Now this one is a little out of the Williamsburg area but definitely worth the drive. How do I know? I was married at the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk under the huge magnolia tree in the back overlooking the water. So, I am definitely a fan of this place. And how can you not be a fan when this museum is offering FREE admission again this year (they started offering it last spring when the pandemic hit).
This museum is a turn of the century (1900s) family home to the Sloan Family and Mrs Sloan was an incredible art collector. The house itself is a piece of history and it is filled with her incredible collection of art. They also have tours that are really worth going on to learn the secret passage ways of the house.
They also have stunning outdoor views and gardens that you can walk. It is a great place to visit on a dreary day (because there is plenty inside to see) and on a sunny day because the grounds are beautiful.
While you are there you can take a tour to explore the 42 room mansion that has over 5,000 years of art paintings and object from around the globe. The following quote from the Hermitage Museum gives you a window into the collection:
“The Sloane Collection is unique in that it was assembled over a fifty year period by one woman, Florence K. Sloane, and remains in its original building almost entirely intact. The Hermitage was designed to serve as both Mrs. Sloane’s home and as a public museum where visitors could come to learn about art, music, religion, and culture. Mrs. Sloane believed that museums were the most important component of civilized society, and as a result she filled the Hermitage and the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences (now the Chrysler Museum) with thousands of objects from all over the globe. Mrs. Sloane worked tirelessly to build a cultural life for the people of Norfolk until her death in 1953, and her legacy persists at the Hermitage.”Hermitage Museum
There is a Whistler & CO. exhibit and throughout the run of the exhibition Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival, the Hermitage will offer a wide variety of programs geared to adults, children and families.
7637 North Shore Road
Norfolk, VA 23505
Tuesday through Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.