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“A true gem of a museum of American Art”

Biggs Museum of American Art
Ranked #6 of 35 things to do in Dover
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Owner description: 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.
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“A true gem of a museum of American Art”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This excellent 3 story museum is right in the center of the old colonial area of Dover. It is made up mainly of the collection of Sewell Biggs, an art collector from Delaware, who gave his collection to the state. He collected work from the Middle Atlantic states. The top 2 floors house the permanent collection, made up of American decorative art, furniture, silver, mainly from Colonial times. There are many small galleries showing art from different eras. There are paintings by some of the greatest American artists-Hassam, Twatchman, Eakins, Inness, Rockwell Kent, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Thomas Cole. One room has a number of paintings by members of the Peale family, especially Charles Willson Peale and his son, Rembrandt. Another gallery is devoted to famous illustrators from Delaware many of whom were taught by Howard Pyle who was born in Wilmington.

The first floor has temporary exhibits. The current one has 80 Currier and Ives pictures with interesting, detailed information about .the art work and Currier and Ives.

The museum is free and there is free parking in front. Currently they are in the 3rd phase of the museum's renovation--the main entrance is blocked off, but you can enter through a door to the left of the entrance.

Great place to spend a few hours to appreciate American art.

Visited July 2013
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“Small and Beautiful”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

The museum is small but very beautiful! When I went there were not a lot of people there. It was like having the museum to yourself. Even the wall paper is art! I would go back again.

Visited June 2013
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Gettysburg PA
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“Wonderful Small Museum”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Great small museum with no entrance fee. Decorative arts from the Mid-Atlantic region circa 1675 to 1980 including furniture, silver, and many oil paintings by well known artists. An excellent sampling from each period along with changing exhibits.

Visited May 2013
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Dover, Delaware
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“small hometown art museum”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Has some very nice pieces and a very knowledgeable staff. It is a small museum with furniture, art and silver sets. Not a modern art place really. Its free with plenty of parking. They even hold classes and events here.

Visited May 2013
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NJ
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“Local art”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Enjoyed the local art and the variety of artists. The exhibit on the Projectionist was extremely interesting, as it had such a local flavor.

Visited March 2013
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