RUBBER DUCK AT THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM MAY 17-26

Norfolk, Virginia • May 17 - 26

Join us in Norfolk, Virginia May 17 - 26 as the Chrysler Museum of Art and the City of Norfolk play host to Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck. Don't miss your chance to meet this adorable and friendly floating celebrity!

The floating 40-footer is quickly approaching icon status after appearances around the world, and it is known for bringing a certain air of whimsy and personal connection that only a supersized bath toy can provide.

There's no wrong way to experience Rubber Duck. Take pictures with the duck or take pictures of the duck. Take a stroll along The Hague with your family and friends to enjoy views best described as just ducky.

Is it art, or is it just a big yellow outburst of childlike joy? Discover it for yourself, as the Chrysler invites people of all ages to come enjoy a phenomenon that has captivated audiences around the world.

Float More. Quack Less.

This oversized version of the world's favorite bath-time companion is a seasoned world traveler, and as impossible as it may sound, it projects a personality on those who view it no matter the language or culture.

One might expect Rubber Duck to connect people to their inner child. What's unexpected is its ability to synchronize a crowd in harmonious ways. The friendly inflatable has been described as having healing properties, and in nearly eight years of world travel, it's been everything it was quacked up to be.

Rubber Duck is bigger than a sail on a great sailboat, so to keep it from blowing away, it is tethered to a heavy round barge. Just as with all works of art in a museum, people are not to touch it. People are encouraged to stay out of the waters of the Hague Inlet, and boaters and kayakers must keep a respectful distance. Souvenir replicas will be available for purchase.

Rubber Duck will be illuminated after dark, but in deference to those living near his latest oversized tub, the scene will go dark each night at 11 p.m.

To learn more about Rubber Duck, click here.

To learn more about the Dutch artist behind the project, Florentijn Hofman, click here.


Since its creation in 2007, the 40-foot rubber duck—the same bath-time companion that children from all over the world know and love—has traveled far and wide to locales such as Hong Kong, Sydney and Amsterdam.

Florentijn Hofman

Florentijn Hofman is a Dutch artist. He is known for playful urban installations, and in addition to Rubber Duck, he's crafted supersized crows, bluebirds, rabbits and boats.

The key to his work is scale, as the forms may be immediately recognizable but their sheer size forces a re-examination by the viewer. As he once told an interviewer:

"My sculptures cause an uproar, astonishment and put a smile on your face. They give people a break from their daily routines. Passers-by stop in front of them, get off their bicycle and enter into conversation with other spectators. People are making contact with each other again. That is the effect of my sculptures in the public domain."

His Rubber Duck series has consisted of artworks ranging in size from five meters to a world-record 26-meters tall. Built from a polyvinyl chloride plastic and kept inflated by an internal fan, they have been on display from Azerbaijan to New Zealand.

For more on Hofman's innovative sculptures, click here.

Come Say Hello. Or Quack.

Everyone should meet Rubber Duck. With Norfolk's festivals, attractions, dining and more, your duck adventure will be larger than life!

One Memorial Place
Norfolk, Virginia 23510


When Visiting Norfolk
To find out more about what's happening around town, click here.


EXTRA PARKING

SATURDAY MAY 24
• Parking in Museum lots
• Free shuttle available from Harrison Opera House parking lots.

SUNDAY MAY 25
• Parking in Museum lots
• Free shuttle available from Harrison Opera House parking lots.

Parking is available at the Museum and in the surrounding neighborhood, but be advised Rubber Duck has generated large crowds around the world, and parking is expected to be at a premium.

Satellite parking will be available at certain times at the nearby Harrison Opera House, but your best bet throughout the duck's stay (May 17-26) will be to ride The Tide.

The Tide is a great option with free parking lots and service every 15 minutes. For a map of Tide stops, click here. The closest Tide stop to the Chrysler Museum is only two blocks away at York Street/Freemason station.

You can purchase Tide tickets ahead of time online, and you can find Park and Ride lots at Newtown Road, Military Highway, Ballentine/Broad Creek, and Harbor Park. For a map of nearby municipal garages, click here.


  WHERE TO STAY
For out-of-town guests, downtown Norfolk has ample room accommodations at any price point. To learn more about downtown Norfolk hotels, and to make your reservations, click here. For great duck-themed accommodations packages click here.


  GREAT DINING OPTIONS
Our waterfront location sets Norfolk apart from other Virginia culinary destinations, and you can't go wrong with our delectable seafood offerings. To learn more about Norfolk dining, click here.


  NORFOLK ATTRACTIONS
Looking for things to do after ducking into Norfolk? Click here to learn about all the wonderful activities the city has to offer.


  CHRYSLER MUSEUM HOURS & AMENITIES
The Chrysler Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Dining is available at Wisteria, the Chrysler cafe. Admission and parking are always free.


Share Your Photos

Rubber Duck doesn't mind the paparazzi, so definitely bring your cameras when you come to visit. Share your Instagram shots by tagging them #ChryslerQuack.

Instagram#ChryslerQuack

Making Waves

Rubber Duck is known for making waves wherever he floats. Find the latest news and happenings here.

Press Releases & News

AND THEY CALLED IT DUCKY LOVE
A Photo Series From AltDaily.com

View The Gallery »

RUBBER DUCK MAKES A SPLASH IN NORFOLK
A Report From WTKR NewsChannel 3

View The Video Clip »

RUBBER DUCK FLOATS INTO NORFOLK
From WAVY 10

View The Video Clip or The Viewer-Submitted Photo Gallery »

RUBBER DUCK ON THE HAGUE
A Slideshow From WVEC

View The Gallery »

ALL'S DUCKY IN NORFOLK AS SUN, ART AND PICS CONVERGE
Virginian-Pilot

A story by Teresa Annas and a slideshow by Bill Tiernan.

View The Story And Gallery »

THE MAN AND MEANING BEHIND 40-FOOT RUBBER DUCK
Virginian-Pilot

View The Story And The Sidebar: "An Artist Made It, But ... Is It Art?"

GIANT RUBBER DUCK COMING TO CHRYSLER'S REOPENING
By Teresa Annas, The Virginian-Pilot© March 11, 2014

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CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART MAKES A SPLASH WITH THE RUBBER DUCK PROJECT
The 40-Foot Rubber Duck Will Float in the Hague as part of the Chrysler Museum of Art's Grand Reopening Celebrations

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