Brandywine River Museum of Art

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Brandywine River Museum of Art
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums
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Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Discover an outstanding collection of American art, including works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, housed in a historic grist mill with glass-walled lobbies overlooking the scenic Brandywine. During the holiday season, experience the extensive O-gauge model train display, one of the largest in the country, with five trains running simultaneously on nearly 2,000 feet of track. Enjoy guided tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio and Kuerner Farm (April to mid-November). Museum shop and cafe.
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Drey98
New Jersey286 contributions
May 2022
This museum has been on my radar for years as I am a big fan of Andrew Wyeth since his painting of “Christina’s World”. This museum has an AAA discount and showcases the artwork of several generations of Wyeths as well as their creative spouses and offspring. It is also located near the creek and windows give unparalleled views of the area as well as scenic walking trails which we didn’t have time to explore. There is even a small cafe inside where my friend enjoyed her beer break as we watched the outdoors and there is also an extensive gift shop as well.
Written May 24, 2022
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Micaela MacDougall
Annapolis, MD294 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This museum is very well designed architecturally - it is very relaxing just to sit in the central area and stare through the glass wall. Of course, the art is also fantastic, and right now I would particularly recommend the Selma photography exhibit. The smaller size is conducive to really taking your time and dwelling with the artwork. It is wheelchair accessible and has a single use bathroom (which is however rather cramped and not well laid out).
Written March 6, 2020
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Bill B
Bel Air, MD7,545 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
The museum is right off busy US Route 1 as one enters Chadds Ford and crosses Brandywine Creek. I was impressed to learn about the whole family of painters including the father, the children (2 daughters and a son) and many friends, relatives and colleagues. There are three floors of artwork in an interesting blend of an old and a modern building. Staff are welcoming, and parking is plentiful. The property is full of beautiful, seasonal native wildflowers. The gift shop is well stocked and compliments the artwork in the galleries.
Written September 16, 2022
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Cindy G
Cushing, ME31 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
This is an excellent museum for fans of the Wyeths. Many exquisite paintings are on display. The major disappointment was the lighting. Many paintings had glare spots from the spot lights which then obscured the visibility of the overall beauty of the painting. The photographs also had intolerable glare due to the lighting. The beauty of the dark photographs in the Dawoud Bey exhibit could only be appreciated by moving away and around the room to avoid the glare from the lighting. The whole museum could benefit from the help of an experienced lighting designer.
Written June 12, 2022
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ald3114
Philly, PA202 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Paid $20 (price of tube) to park in canoe parking at Brandywine River Museum. Five of us blew up our tubes as plenty others were as well. Great entry point to the Brandywine creek. Took us 5 hours to get to Thompson Bridge in Delaware. Inexpensive great family day on the water taking in scenery and wildlife. Bring snacks, sunblock, shades and paddle. Some parts are less than 2ft deep and other parts as high as 4ft. Very calm lazy river. Watch the website for level levels and cfs after recent rains for current and depth.
Written July 18, 2020
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Fishscales44
Hazlet328 contributions
Jul 2021
The Brandywine River Art Museum, or as I call it, "The Wyeth Museum", is a must-see
for anyone who has followed the Wyeth family's artistic careers over these many decades. Plan to spend several hours of quality time while covering the three floors of space devoted to the Wyeth's.
A suggestion - start at the third floor and take your time. Take a break and have a picnic lunch along the river for a while. See the other two floors after lunch. It's all worth the time it takes.
The work of the featured guest artist was not appreciated by my wife or me, but it didn't ruin our day - the work of the Wyeth's was and is that good. Enjoy.
Written July 16, 2021
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TFopinion
Pennsylvania607 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Brandywine River Museum of Art is an easy to navigate, compact but excellent gallery of the works of Wyeth and other regional artists. No looking at artwork behind glass here - all pieces are right there in front of you for close examination. That makes this place special. The museum is surprisingly small consisting of three floors of excellent artwork but the number of pieces is not extensive. We easily covered the gallery in about 1 1/2 hours. Admission is reasonable.

In addition to the artwork, there was also a nicely done women’s suffrage exhibit on the 3rd floor. On the first floor you’ll find a cafe and gift shop. The cafe tables and restrooms weren’t the cleanest, the trash cans were quite dirty and the kitchen folks were a little too raucous for the clientele and peace and quiet river views here.

If the weather is nice, take advantage of the nature trail along the river which is a nice compliment to your time inside the museum. Also look out for special events they have if you live nearby or are visiting on specific days. This is a very nice museum in a tranquil setting.
Written February 24, 2020
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Karen P
64 contributions
Nov 2019
What an extraordinary museum - an outstanding collection of representational art housed in a historic mill building, with contemporary additions that make the most of the beautiful setting on the banks of the Brandywine River. We spent 2 hours here, admiring illustrations and paintings by Howard Pyle and N.C., Andrew, Jamie Wyeth, and other family members. We especially enjoyed the N.C. Wyeth gallery with its display of Treasure Island paintings, and the special exhibit of children’s book illustrations on the third floor. Another highlight was the 1-hour tour to the N.C. Wyeth house and studio, left just as it was when the artist died in a train accident (run April through November; an additional $8.00; shuttle van to the studio). Back at the museum, we had a delicious lunch at the Millstone Café and browsed the well-stocked gift shop before driving the Brandywine Scenic Byway to the equally interesting Hagley Museum near Wilmington, Delaware.
Written February 29, 2020
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Gus324
Kennett Square, PA240 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Second meal since the Covid reopening and it was great just like the first. We started with a fig and Brie flatbread special that was absolutely outstanding.
My filet was cooked perfectly and my husband had a chop special that he could literally cut with a fork.
Written October 10, 2020
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Terrie
30 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
After having visited Longwood Gardens earlier in the day this was a short drive down the road. Very nice smaller museum they had a women suffrage exhibit,
A civil rights photography exhibit, nice paintings etc in the museum. There is also a cafe on site overall a nice place to spend a couple hours
Written August 30, 2020
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