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.
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