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Review of Demuth Museum

Demuth Museum
Ranked #40 of 72 things to do in Lancaster
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Owner description: The life and works of artist Charles Demuth (1883-1935) can be explored by visiting the art museum housing his major works and the adjacent 18th-century buildings that were home to his family for five generations.
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

Really small, low budget operation. Basically 2-3 small rooms. What's there is fine. And it only takes about 10-15 minutes to see everything.

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New York City, New York
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974 reviews
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“If you are nearby, its a little piece of history.”
Reviewed October 16, 2011

I stopped in hoping to see a few Demuths. Unfortunately there were only maybe 4 on display because they had a big show of another artist. I was quite disappointed but the house itself was interesting.

Visited October 2011
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Rising Sun, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Didn't see much Demuth”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

We took a trip into town on a Sunday afternoon in order to see this artist's work only to be disappointed since we were told most of his pieces were in Philadelphia! Good for them - bad for us. We saw a few of Demuth's early work and seeing that this museum used to be his home was interesting. He even painted what he could see from outside his window. There is a wonderful brick walk/patio garden between the buildings (on the way to the entrance) with an old fashioned water pump (that works). Gorgeous flowers too. Landscape architects can appreciate this area.

However, we saw more great works by the guest artist, Barry Root (than we did Demuth), who has done hundreds of illustrations for children's books . His style is similar to the art in the Babar series of books and quite popular since most of the pieces for sale were sold.

We probably spent an hour or so there, donated $2 each and looked a little at the very small gift 'wall' where notecard prints and posters of some of Demuth's work were for sale. This a multi-level old, historic home with narrow stairwells, so no handicap accessibility.

Not sure how many pieces they have from Demuth, but personally, more of his work should stay within this museum to be displayed rather than on exhibition.

Tip: Go into Lancaster city on a Sunday and you will not have to 'feed the meter' for parking.

Visited June 2011
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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“Engaging, Inspiring, and Historic”
Reviewed September 20, 2010

The Demuth Museum is dedicated to developing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the art work and legacy of American modernist Charles Demuth.
We learned that at age 6, the engaging and soon to be famous artist and his family moved to the Lancaster city, King Street home where he spent most of his lifetime. Demuth suffered from lameness and as an adult from severe diabetes. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall Academy and studied at Drexel Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. As a young man he traveled to Paris where he became inspired by the avant garde scene. Though plagued by illness all his life, he produced over a thousand works of art, including the well known "My Egypt" which was inspired by grain elevators in Lancaster.
Demuth created most of his finished artworks in his Lancaster home where he worked in a small second floor studio overlooking the garden. The garden was tended by his mother Augusta and was the source of inspiration for many of Demuth's paintings.
The historic Demuth home, built in the latter part of the 18th century, is one of the oldest in Lancaster and once served as a Colonial era tavern. Located next door is the Demuth Tobacco Shop. Founded in 1770 it is the oldest tobacco shop in America.

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