Discover the Most Iconic Attractions & Things to Do in Downtown Norfolk
With a prime location in the heart of Downtown Norfolk's Granby Street, steps from the waterfront and NEON District, the Glass Light Hotel & Gallery places to you close to the best of Norfolk. Easily located within walking distance are cultural institutions, museum, historic homes, and an eclectic mix of grand theaters and modern music venues. Find our favorite things to do just outside the hotel doors or connect with the concierge for additional recommendations on the best things to do during your stay in Norfolk.
Chrysler Museum of Art
Just 5 minutes from the hotel is Downtown Norfolk's and the Ghent District's artistic pièce de résistance. Home to more than 30,000 pieces, the museum's enviable collection includes works spanning everything from ancient to contemporary art in a variety of media, as well as the most prolific glass studio and art collection in the Mid-Atlantic. Also part of the museum are historic homes, including the Moses Myers House, the Willoughby-Baylor House, and the Jean Outland Chrysler Library, located at the nearby Old Dominion University campus.
Perry Glass Studio
Go behind the scenes of Virginia's most iconic artistic export to see more pieces from the Perry Glass Art Collection. Featuring rotating exhibits and collections in conjunction with the Glass Light Hotel & Gallery and the Chrysler Museum of Art, the studio offers insider access into the art of glassmaking, with classes and workshops available for guests of all creative abilities.
Take the short walk to the Norfolk waterfront to visit this storied maritime museum and science center. Highlights include exhibits depicting American naval history, marine life, and the famed battleship Wisconsin. In addition to comprehensive guided tours of battleships, the on-site Hampton Roads Naval Museum hosts military and naval ceremonies and special events like commissions, reenlistments, and retirements on a ship and which are open to the public.
Harrison Opera House
Home of the Virginia Opera Company, this World War II-era USO theater turned opera house offers a stunning, intimate space to see the arts on stage. Along with operas, theatrical performances, spoken word and lecture series, jazz and contemporary concerts, and ballets, the Harrison Opera House hosts the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Located within a two-minute walk of the hotel, this landmark, cutting-edge library is the place to find a vast collection of more than 133,000 books in Downtown Norfolk. Hailed as one of the most technologically advanced libraries in Virginia, the Slover Library is housed in an ultramodern 7-floor building, with ample text and online resources, plus an impressive collection of historical and genealogical records, sound, design, and production studios, and beautiful terraces overlooking Downtown Norfolk.