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The Delaware Contemporary

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Good space, but the art is TOO CONTEMPORARY for our taste and not usually pleasing

I know, it's a CONTEMPORARY art museum, but often the shows are so out there they seem contrived... read more

Reviewed March 23, 2019
Wilmington, Delaware
Wedding was held here.

Nice open areas and offered lots of rooms to wander and enjoy yourself. Staff was friendly and... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2018
Bernardsville, New Jersey
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The Delaware Contemporary is a dynamic gathering place for the exploration of new ideas in art, design, and technology. Our compelling exhibitions, innovative educational experiences, and access to the artistic process inspire us to infuse...more
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200 S Madison St, Wilmington, DE 19801-5110
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Reviewed March 23, 2019

I know, it's a CONTEMPORARY art museum, but often the shows are so out there they seem contrived and lack basic appeal. We go to every show but almost always leave unfulfilled. Occasionally something modern sneaks in (ex.: Wendel Castle furniture) and that keep us...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

The concept is great. An egalitarian haven. You have a series of galleries of rotating shows and 20 something studios for artists. What is not to love? Unfortunately the gestalt begins to fall apart because of the visual noise. You have to spend quite a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

Nice open areas and offered lots of rooms to wander and enjoy yourself. Staff was friendly and accommodating.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

We happened upon this fun and free (donations are appreciated) contemporary art museum while traveling through the area. The content of the works are varied with contributions from local artists, and they make the most of a relatively small space. The museum has its own...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank susanwinetasting
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Had heard wonderful things about this museum, took a friend from the Netherlands yesterday and was totally disappointed. The museum is small, two galleries were closed and the ones that were open were not very exciting. I understand that the exhibits change but these were...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Marsha Z
Joseph G, Executive Director at The Delaware Contemporary, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2018

Hello, Marsha Z. Your feedback is valuable to us. We're sorry you did not enjoy your experience when you visited. We work hard to bring and share a range or artists and artwork with our community. Two of the galleries were closed for installation for...More

Reviewed February 12, 2018

The Delaware Contemporary is one of our tiny state's treasures. When they moved to their current location in 2000, they were one of the bold pioneers in what was to become a rapidly-developing urban renewal, as well as a long overdue reclamation of a derelict...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed February 3, 2018

Delaware Contemporary Museum is a vibrant gathering place for the exploration of ideas at the intersection of art, design ,and technology. Founded in 1979, moved several times finally finding home in 2000. Located in the nice Riverfront , it is a big nice building with...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Mira_Bihac
Reviewed January 24, 2018

We visited last week and were just amazed at the creativity of the artists. This museum is a must see for anyone interested in contemporary art. They also host one of our favorite groups...Melomanie...periodically and they present a provocative mixture of very early and contemporary...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank travelingbeachbum00
Joseph G, Manager at The Delaware Contemporary, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2018

Thank you for your endorsement! We work hard to present important and interesting contemporary art, and are always looking to create provocative collaborations between the artists and our community. Melomanie is a great partner and just one example of the kind of creative programs we...More

Reviewed August 19, 2017 via mobile

I was really looking forward to visiting this museum and it was a great experience. If you enjoy contemporary art it's a must see. It's free admission with suggested donation. The work I saw was very beautiful and inspiring. They also have a great selection...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank nationalbiscuit
Reviewed July 4, 2017

The museum has many exhibits of contemporary working artists in many mediums. A gallery with some current political commentary was was a treat. The museum is huge converted railroad facility.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Paul L
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