Explore the nature, art, and gardens of Norfolk

Water Towers - Bruce Munro

Water Towers – Bruce Munro

British artist Bruce Munro is known for his immersive light-based installations, often presented outdoors and on a monumental scale, and inspired by his interest in shared human experiences. His work has been exhibited by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Waddeson Manor in Buckinghamshire, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as by Longwood Gardens, Cheekwood Museum and Gardens, and Franklin Park Conservatory.

Field of Light - Bruce Munro

Field of Light – Bruce Munro


Brass Monkeys - Bruce Munro

Brass Monkeys – Bruce Munro

Bruce Munro: Light
at Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk, VA, is the artist’s first Mid-Atlantic exhibition, an experience created to transform and enhance the site’s gardens, mansion, and expansive views of the Lafayette River. During the exhibit, visitors wander the Hermitage forest, gardens, boardwalk, and shoreline as they are guided by Munro’s interactive displays created with flickering fluorescent tubes, LED-lit water bottles, fresnel lenses reminiscent of owl’s eyes, and an inventive reuse of materials.

An evening viewing of Munro’s unforgettable exhibition is just part of the exciting itinerary for the Arboretum’s Norfolk Nature, Art, & Gardens bus trip on October 22 and 23.

Chrysler Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Chrysler Museum of Art.

Chrysler Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Chrysler Museum of Art.


Photo courtesy of Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.

On this whirlwind overnight tour, see a loggerhead turtle, moon jellies, fish with no eyes, and frogs that change colors at the Virginia Living Museum, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Explore the Chrysler Museum of Art, one of America’s great fine art museums and two significant historic houses, and attend a glassmaking demonstration in the new Chrysler Museum Glass Studio across the street from the Museum.

Photo courtesy of Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Photo courtesy of Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Visit the 155-acre Norfolk Botanical Garden, with more than 40 theme gardens, by tram or foot. Theme gardens include the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden, the Virginia Native Plant Garden, and the Bicentennial Rose Garden.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the culture and natural beauty of this historic city! Click here for more information and to register.




One thought on “Explore the nature, art, and gardens of Norfolk

  1. It was two years ago I think – when a friend and former business associate invited my daughter and I to join her and her husband for a day exploring Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. In addition to the amazing “Fountain Show” – a beautiful trip back in time to experience state of the art entertainment from another time. As a bonus – our visit just happened to coincide with the Bruce Monro exhibit which included several of his works including Field of Light, Snowball, Candlelight, Arrow Spring, Water Towers, Light Shower, Waterlilies, and Forest of Light. Forest of Light alone consists of 20,000 individual illuminated glass spheres and 86.9 miles of bare optic fiber! This is one of those things that words just cannot describe – rather you simply must see it with your own eyes in person. If an opportunity ever presents itself to see one of his lighting installation exhibits – they are absolutely amazing – and they do not disappoint! (Posted by Keith Main)

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