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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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Sun 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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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A gem in the heart of Dover

The Biggs has an impressive collection of regional artwork and is located with a beautiful view overlooking The Green. Their rotating exhibits offer something for everyone. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Laura W
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Biggs has an impressive collection of regional artwork and is located with a beautiful view overlooking The Green. Their rotating exhibits offer something for everyone. I have always found their staff to be friendly and helpful. Spend a day of it- enjoy lunch downtown and after the museum spend time wandering Loockerman Street through the locally owned boutiques. Bel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to go when on a budget! It's only $10 and you get the same feel as a big city art museum. If you are in Dover and looking for something to do def add Biggs to your list.

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1 Thank Barry M
Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A hidden gem that offers a truly unique permanent collection that is specific to the region, as well as a superb variety of limited time exhibits ranging from antique samplers to illuminated Bibles. Worth every penny of the $10.00 entrance fee - even greater value if you become a member!

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1 Thank dorac87
Delaware
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Biggs Museum is mostly Delaware focused, as established by the founder who collected American art, specifically furnishings. More recently the collection has expanded to include unique offerings. At the moment there is an exhibit featuring illuminations of the King James Bible, much more interesting than it may appear to be.

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1 Thank micheleDelaware
New York, NY
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I would like to give this review a 5 circle rating but I cannot. The current demise of this museum operation is due to new staff and political agendas that completely destroy the vision and purpose of this museum. The Biggs Museum was intentioned by its now deceased owner, Sewell Biggs, to showcase the best of antique American decorative arts.... More 

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1 Thank WorldOneNY
Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I have always liked this museum, and my recent visit confirmed my opinion, even though they have just started charging admission. The basis of this collection is the art and furniture once owned by Sewell Biggs. I had seen much of the furniture he had in his home in Middletown DE when he lived there. He invited the incoming Art... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The Biggs provides a terrific collection of American art in modern, comfortable galleries. Regional antique decorative arts are included as well, and there is a space for revolving exhibits, so there is also variety. Admission is free, donations accepted, but some special exhibits have a modest fee. A recent exhibit of juried watercolors, for example, had a $5 admission, but... More 

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Valley Forge PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

You won't be there long without appreciating how well this museum features great art, antiques and furnishings since colonial times. As AAA notes, it's a "gem."

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Wilmington, Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Modest museum of art. Furniture and silver collections appear to be of quality and therefore interesting. However the paintings were disappointing. Much of the exhibited art was a juried show of regional artists who did not demonstrate exceptional talent. The permanent works on display was not notable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by in early July to beat the heat and was pleasantly surprised. A lot of things in the three story building. Everything from paintings, sculpture and furniture to a renowned silver collection.

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