The Delaware Art Museum 

The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is one of those little jewel box museums one finds in smaller towns throughout the United States.  Founded in 1912 the Museum is home to a comprehensive collection of American illustration and in particular the art of Howard Pyle.  Pyle was a very famous and popular illustrator who taught in Philadelphia and Wilmington and gave the world the image of the pirate as it is seen today in the Pirates of the Carribean movies.  Another surprising collection is the work of the British Pre-Raphaelites, a group of 19th century artists, poets and designers who admired the art of the Middle Ages (or Pre-Raphael) and brought forth what came to be known as the Arts and Crafts movement.  With only 17 galleries in a brand new facility situated on 11 acres of beautiful landscaped sculpture garden the museum is very family friendly.  There is a special hands-on kids gallery, a cafe and a wonderful labyrinth in the garden.  A wonderful place to spend an hour or two!  And it's free on Sunday afternoons.  Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.