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Biggs Museum of American Art

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Address: 406 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19903
Phone Number: 302-674-2111
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Description: This museum, named after a local art collector, features American painting...
This museum, named after a local art collector, features American painting and crafts from Colonial portraiture to 20th-century Impressionism, with a special focus on the work of local artists from the Colonial and Federal periods.
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Lifestyles of the rich and famous!

See how the very wealthy lived in the past. Kind of a small museum, but quite interesting. Some interesting period furniture, not really an art museum, but there are paintings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Milford, Delaware
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Milford, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

See how the very wealthy lived in the past. Kind of a small museum, but quite interesting. Some interesting period furniture, not really an art museum, but there are paintings included. Free/donations accepted. We joined. Not sure of many ongoing exhibits, but worth seeing if in the Dover area. Friendly staff. Small giftshop. Nice area for kid's projects.

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Hamilton Square, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had this museum all to ourselves on a recent Wednesday afternoon--and by all to ourselves, I mean we were the only two people on all three floors! It's a shame that more people don't visit, but having all of the art to yourself is a dream come true, even in a smaller museum such as the Biggs. The museum's... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Nice small museum with a friendly staff . A tad boring though. A lot of old furniture on 2nd floor. My son joked saying he felt like we walked into an ikea. Visit if in the area. Free but certain area has a fee .

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wilmington, de
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

If you admire Americana (American colonial furniture) and American art, the Biggs has some beautiful collections. It's been recently remodeled and enlarged. There are always changing exhibits of American artists and a permanent collection of American silver and furniture. It's right off the Green in Dover, Delaware, and worth a visit. It's not very large, so it's easy to do... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The original plan for my long daytrip to Dover from Elkton, MD was to visit the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna and then go to Dover to tour the Air Mobility Command Museum, The Green, and the Old State House with a stop at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center. At the center, I learned about this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A draw for the whole family with changing art exhibitions, quality furnishings from colonial and post-colonial era, special events for all ages, including hands-on sessions for young artists to flex their creative muscles.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The American treasures at the Biggs - fine historic furniture & silver, surrounded by choice 19th & 20th century art with several exceptionally lovely selections from the Hudson River School - exemplify the charm of small manageable regional museums. Although there is no audio guide, descriptions are informative & a small gift shop offers interesting literature & gifts.

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Elkton Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Wonderful collection of American Art in a charming building in Downtown Dover near all the heritage sights in the state capital.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Lots of furniture, silver and great paintings...some by American masters...all from the region! Also had sections of modern art by current artists which was very interesting. Very helpful staff.

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

If you like art but you want to visit a small museum and not a metropolis like the Met in New York City, the Biggs Museum is a good stop. Expect to spend about 1 hour if you take your time looking through the artwork. Also, the museum is free (or was when I visited).

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