Barry Art Museum

The Barry Art Museum is a state-of-the-art , 24,000 square-foot museum at the corner of 43rd Street and Hampton Boulevard on the campus of Old Dominion University (ODU). The museum features paintings, dolls, and glass art, among others, donated by its benefactors, Richard and Carolyn Barry.

Barry Art Museum, 2018 (Courtesy of Shara Weber)


In 2016, plans were announced that ODU would build a new museum funded by a $37 million gift of funds and art from Richard and Carolyn Barry, two of Hampton Roads and ODU’s generous benefactors. The purpose of the museum is for ODU faculty, staff, students, and the community to enjoy and engage with the arts in Hampton Roads. The museum broke ground in 2017, and in November 2018, the museum opened up to the public.


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