Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington: Hours, Address, Delaware Art Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Delaware Art Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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A collection of American art from 1840 to the present.
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LAURIE S
Buckhannon, WV365 contributions
Not enough interesting items to keep us enthralled
Jul 2021 • Couples
Wait until thursdays after 4pm to tour this facility for free. There were only two levels of exhibits. The big draw of course was the chilluly glass. Modern and colonial art were part of various galleries. There is a sculpture garden outside along with an overpriced gift shop. I’m glad we didn’t pay regular admission-we were out of there within the hour.
Written July 29, 2021
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arbivark
Indianapolis, IN8 contributions
world's best john sloan collection
Sep 2020
small but good. brandywine school, local artists, art deco pieces. you won't find a lot of picassos and monets.
Written October 31, 2020
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Anthony R
Wilmington, DE1,359 contributions
Wilmington’s Masterpiece
Oct 2020
I have been coming to this museum my whole life, and it keeps getting better! The permanent exhibitions alone are worth coming for, particularly the collection of Howard Pyle and Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The museum deserves frequent visits, however, in order to see the well-selected and thoughtfully-displayed rotating exhibitions. I was there most recently for a display of gilded age American artwork, many of which I have never seen or heard of.
For locals, the Delaware Art Museum has extensive community engagement, and offers classes for artists of all ages and levels of ability. For tourists, this is a Wilmington attraction that is not to be missed. It is compact enough that you can see most of the museum in a couple hours, still leaving time to see other nearby landmarks. The area surrounding the museum includes Rockford Park, Brandywine Park, and architecturally significant homes along Kentmere Parkway.
There is plenty of parking, a nice gift shop, and a snack bar.
Written October 28, 2020
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Sarah O
Scotland16 contributions
Gem of a Museum
Jul 2020
A small, but well-curated and interesting collection with some stunning pre-Raphaelite works. In particular, if you are interested in the history of book illustration, it's a fascinating look at that. When we visited, there was a moving and powerful exhibition about civil rights and protecting yourself from police in protests, with historic pictures juxtaposed on a historic typewritten self-help pamphlet for protestors. Very moving. I also liked the Ashcan School work -- there is a marvelous Hopper and an intriguing Wyeth as well. Also it's free in July (2020). Very good social distancing/protocols.
Written July 20, 2020
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Kathy T
Wilmington, DE7 contributions
A beautiful and peaceful place
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Delaware Art Museum is a personal favorite. I love to re-aquaint myself with "old friends", works that are on permanent exhibit. From a warm welcome to a friendly farewell from the staff and other visitors this museum always pleases.
Written March 6, 2020
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Todd L
Malvern, PA134 contributions
Great art museum and free on Sundays!
Feb 2020
This little gem has some great collections and beautiful grounds also. Very helpful and friendly staff and volunteers.
Written February 20, 2020
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SJRamz
Annandale, VA160 contributions
Learned a lot
Nov 2019 • Couples
Good exposure to a local artist: Howard Pyle. Interesting collection of his works and several other artists.

Also a great collection of Pre-Raphaelite art, but I would recommend starting through the entry across the gift shop. There is a great introduction to the movement and what they stood for written on the wall by that entry. However, most people will likely enter through the main lobby, and the introduction is missing there.

Sundays are free, and it was not too crowded. So take advantage.

Did not visit the sculptures outside or the second floor.
Written November 21, 2019
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wolfp10
wolfp1078 contributions
Great collection, peaceful location
Oct 2019
Great collection, peaceful location. Parking is free, and museum is within a couple minutes drive of downtown
Written November 5, 2019
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Wanderlust777
Lutherville, MD1,169 contributions
The Angela Fraleigh and Mitch Lyons exhibits are a delight!
Nov 2019
In the past, we've enjoyed the permanent collection at the Delaware Art Museum. However, this visit focused on the three special exhibits currently on display. Two of them featured regional artists with whom I was not familiar. Angela Fraleigh has painted some blockbuster images that reflect and respond to the museum's pre-Raphaelite collection. These overtly feminist paintings are wonderful in and of themselves, but are particularly fascinating within the broader museum context. Mitch Lyons transformed himself from a potter into a print maker. His techniques were idiosyncratic, but the results are striking. The two-room exhibit captures works from over the course of his career, and it's fascinating to see how his palette and subject matter changed over time. Personally, I recommend spending time with these two smaller exhibits first, before tackling the largest show, which is a photographic retrospective examining the nature of beauty in African-American culture. Many of the images are terrific, but I found the sheer quantity a bit repetitive and overwhelming. A huge chunk of the show also seemed to carry more messages about gender than race. The museum should be congratulated on mounting three shows that are out of the ordinary and feature work that has not necessarily had a wide audience.
Written November 2, 2019
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maureen s
2 contributions
Special exhibit
Jul 2019 • Business
We had a special event we attended. The staff were very helpful. Really enjoyed the Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit. Well done.
Written October 9, 2019
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Delaware Art Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM