Art and Galleries
Downtown Norfolk is home to some of the area’s best art collections. In addition to exploring galleries and art studios, you can experience some of the top pieces from local artists all around the city. More specifically, downtown Norfolk’s public art scene is one of the finest around and has been recognized for its diverse celebration of community. The urban art installations can be seen and enjoyed by everyone at no cost, while also exploring the areas around the installation sites.
Enjoy Norfolk’s NEON arts district, where interactive pieces like Cementiscope installed by Glassitorium offers a playful art experience that responds to the movements of the user. Other pieces in the heart of downtown include a memorial to General Douglas MacArthur by Stanley Bleifeld, where you can take in the General’s commanding appearance before exploring the museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the 5-star General. Not far from the General’s salute is a piece installed by the Wyland Foundation to increase awareness for marine life conservations. Rightfully titled Whaling Wall, the piece is the 47thinstallation by the Foundation.
The self-guided Public Art Tour includes pieces that celebrate the history of Norfolk’s vibrant culture and heritage while allowing you to see the city through a new lens. If you’re ready to see new shades of color, the Public Art tour provides a perfect balance of mature installations and contemporary pieces covering more than 70 locations that are sure to appeal to every art lover.