Hermitage Museum and Gardens

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Hermitage Museum and Gardens

Hermitage Museum and Gardens
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Hermitage Museum & Gardens, formerly home to the Sloane family, is an early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate located on the shore of the Lafayette River in Norfolk, Virginia. Featuring a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years, the Hermitage is home to the arts. Contemporary exhibition galleries, a Visual Arts Studio, working artist studios, and 12 acres of gardens and grounds offer art and culture to the community, as envisioned by the Sloanes.
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metrochica
Washington DC, DC1,023 contributions
A hidden gem
Jul. 2021
If you are a house museum fan like me, you will love the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk. It is a lovely estate and a beautiful home filled with some fabulous pieces especially from Asia. The woodworking in the house is gorgeous. It is not overwhelming and easy to explore. The gardens were all pretty: a mix of traditional rose gardens to more wildflowers, and woodland areas. They were setting up for a wedding when we visited and had a big tent on the water facing lawn. We also saw some herons along the marshes. We enjoyed the contemporary mural exhibit that was sprinkled around the estate as well.
Written 1 August 2021
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Rebecca G
1 contribution
Enchanting and magical Hermitage
May 2021
Truly I felt honored to walk through the past of Mr. and Mrs. Sloan and their passion for architecture, beauty and the collection of art is like fine dining, not overwhelming but pleasingly exquisite. The home and gardens are art in itself and like nothing I have ever experienced. This home speaks of another time and place where serenity, peacefulness, and very good taste prevailed. Mrs. Sloan must have had a very magical heart to create such beauty from inside herself. A maturity level is essential to appreciate this experience.
Written 22 May 2021
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mrmachine
Raleigh, NC123 contributions
disappointed with the state of the gardens and the random closing of the museum.
Apr. 2021
We arrived at the Hermitage around 12:20 pm. When we got to the door, we saw a printed sign that the museum would be closed for an hour for a special luncheon. There was no indication of what time the one hour started. I called the phone number and asked the woman who answered, what time will the luncheon end. She said, it was about to start now so it would end around 1:30. We walked around the gardens for a bit then left to get lunch. Note: there were a dozen or so women at a picnic table in the rear of the building. When we returned, we only saw a single employee inside. The museum was nice but quite small. The grounds were in a serious state of neglect with weeds all over the place. They advertise as museum and gardens. Not so much.
Written 2 May 2021
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TheAmazingRain
Imperial Beach, CA83 contributions
An amazing little hidden gem
Oct. 2020 • Solo
The streets surrounding the Hermitage aren’t exactly in the best shape, but a few streets lead toward the bay, to cozy woods, and then suddenly you are upon this gorgeous little estate!

It’s the collection of one woman and she certainly had a taste for curios and relics from around the world.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and it was just the nicest place I’ve ever stumbled upon in Norfolk.

Someone below mentioned being asked to pay for pictures, not sure what that’s about, no one bothered me while I walked and took photos.
Written 9 November 2020
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Michaelfe
Morrisville, NC163 contributions
A small but very cute place
Oct. 2020
Visited the place last weekend. Obviously, it's not Hillwood estate in DC, but the idea is similar. A good number of interesting items from around the world. Worth a visit.
Written 26 October 2020
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Debbi B
Norfolk, VA505 contributions
Bad Experience
Aug. 2020
As a Norfolk resident, I have visited the Museum and Gardens on numerous occasions. NEVER have I ever been approached about taking a photo, or seen a sign stating photography required a fee. After a lot of research on your website, I found your policy. I took some friends who share photography as a hobby whom had never been there before. They were told upon entering that there was a $50 fee to take photographs. A staff member actually hunted some of us down to collect $50. One guest was asked to delete her photos. We are in no way professional photographers, nor commercial photographers. We were taking pictures of flowers, birds, and woods. We were made to feel like criminals. Any photos taken were most likely deleted anyway because we are novices. Once I got home and found your policy on your website, it clearly states that there is no charge for recreational photos. Which is all we were doing. We were tourist! I WILL NEVER GO BACK nor will any of the people with me today. Your staff needs to be educated in recreational photography is as well as customer service. I do not, nor want, a reply from anyone. But you can be sure I will share my experience with everyone.
Written 9 August 2020
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J David H
Virginia Beach, VA1,625 contributions
Norfolk’s first art museum
Sep. 2019 • Family
The first museum of Norfolk Virginia was established by Florence Sloane in her 42 room mansion built in 1908. Today the Sloane Collection has over 5,000 objects of decorative & fine art. It represents 30 countries and 5,000 years of art history.

Mrs. Sloane used her home as a place of learning for art, music, religion & culture. She believed that art was the most important part of a civilized society. I found the detailed woodwork to be the most amazing aspect of the home.

The grounds off the Lafayette River are used for all types of events year around. My last event was this past Summer that brought music and food trucks together.

When driving up to the estate you will pass the Water Tower & Sunken Gardens. This charming lighthouse type structure was built in 1922 to replace a previous structure. Designed by Charles Woodsend to resemble blend with the their "Summer" home.

Mr. Woodsend also had his studio below until his death in 1927. Today it is a visual reminder of the Hermitage and can be seen for a distance due to its proximity off the river where you can also see small craft in the area from nearby Norfolk Yacht.

The estate & grounds are closed due to COVID-19. When they reopen self guided tours will resume.
Written 16 April 2020
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Denise T
Yorktown, VA171 contributions
Wonderful Way to Spend an Afternoon
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed this hidden gem in Norfolk. New collection of clothing and fashion accessories was wonderful. Grounds are beautiful and will have to come back once everything is in bloom!!
Written 23 February 2020
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Jake B
Northern Virginia, VA1 contribution
Nice hidden gem
Dec. 2019
In town to visit some friends that live in the Ghent area. We caught a surprising warm day in the middle of December. Took a stroll down to this place. Really cool views, looks like a great place for a wedding.
Written 13 January 2020
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Sunflower53092
Suffolk, VA152 contributions
Pretty House and Grounds
Aug. 2019
Visited during free admission day. House is unique but not furnished. Younger children would be bored. Glad I went on free admission day.
Written 1 January 2020
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Hermitage Museum and Gardens is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm