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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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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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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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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1,205 helpful votes 1,205 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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New York City
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26 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Sewell Biggs collected American art and left his collection to the people of Delaware. His collection is eclectic but of very high quality. The museum covers three floors with special exhibits on the first floor. Depending on your pace you can cover the whole museum in an hour to 90 minutes. The museum is free and there is a small... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

First, admission is free. Second, the staff was enthusiastic about the art. Third, the art is really top-notch. We got there with only 30 minutes before they closed, but my daughter (11) loves art so she pestered me to go in. So glad we did! The lady at the front counter asked us lots of questions and then took us... More 

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