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“a wonderful escape”

James A. Michener Art Museum
Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions, and offers a diverse program of educational activities that seeks to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts as well as nurture a wide range of audiences. The Museum is also committed to educating the community about nationally and internationally known Bucks County artists of all creative disciplines. Accredited by The American Alliance of Museums, the Michener Art Museum also hosts special events for visitors of all ages, including classes, lectures, conversations, and performances.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 8, 2013

a wonderful, quiet space to appreciate the arts.
a gem in Doylestown. If you are visiting, go, enjoy and appreciate the arts/artists of the area.
Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

I love supporting the arts, and I love doing it more when its a local museum. Do not come if your expecting Rembrandts and Monets. However, if you are an appreciator of art you will have a fun experience learning about local past and present artists. Now they do have a known name here or there so it's not all under-appreciated artists. But if your itching for something new to do, pop on over and expose yourself to some great collections.

Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The museum is very serene and the Nakashima Reading Room is a beautiful location to sit and read or gaze at the courtyard and let the clouds roll by. The room is lined with paper window panels and the Nakashima chairs and quite comfortable.

The changing displays will suit various interests and the room dedicated to James Michener will provide a good history of the local author.

The building was formerly a prison so I enjoyed the recycled building purpose, bringing new life to solid construction.

Thank Nanny_on_the_scene
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Soon after buying a tiny cabin in a non-famous part of Bucks County, we visited the Michener. By chance, we arrived in time for the 2 pm tour (given Saturdays and Sundays) and were so impressed by what we saw that we decided to join. For at least 15 years now, the Michener has enhanced our enjoyment of our warm-weekend location. It's taught us a lot about Bucks County's cultural heritage, as people have mentioned. We've discovered totally unfamiliar artists -- and also learned a great deal about those we'd already known of. The wonderful Jim Henson exhibit, for instance, was truly eye-opening about the Sesame Street creator.

Some shows are more rewarding than others, but we know we can always count on enjoying ourselves at the Michener. The food at the little cafe is excellent, but seating is limited except in warm weather when the outside tables are available. The museum is very attractively-designed, and a manageable size. No matter how many times I go there, I'm always awed by the Intelligent Design exhibit, the first one you reach after the entrance area. It's a selection of stunning craft works. Take time to walk through it slowly -- many are truly one-of-a-kind.

We recently learned that a fairly modest membership level enrolls you in the North American Reciprocal Museum program, allowing free admission to hundreds of museums across the U.S. (One more delightful discovery for us at the Michener.)

Thank carly5
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

he lived here for a while, went to meeting here for a brief period before moving to Texas. Can' find a duplicate anywhere. Across street from Mercer Museum a two mile walk to Fonthill.

Thank Quaker1
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