Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford

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The Brandywine River Museum of Art is a museum of regional and American art located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Brandywine Creek. The museum showcases the work of Andrew Wyeth, a major American realist painter, and his family: his father N.C. Wyeth, illustrator of many children's classics, and his son Jamie Wyeth, a contemporary American realist painter.
The museum is housed in a converted nineteenth century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine River (also known as Brandywine Creek). The museum's permanent collection features American illustration, still life works, and landscape painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey, Harvey Dunn, Peter Hurd, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, William Trost Richards, and Jessie Willcox Smith. The glass-wall lobby overlooks the river and rolling countryside that inspired the Brandywine School earlier in the early 20th century.
The museum also owns and operates tours of three nearby National Historic Landmarks: the N. C. Wyeth House and Studio, the Kuerner Farm, inspiration for nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth for more than 70 years, and the Andrew Wyeth Studio, where the artist painted from 1940 until just before his death. The building also served as his home; he and his wife Betsy moved in as newlyweds and lived here until the early 1960s, raising their two sons. Outside the museum are beautifully maintained wildflower and native plant gardens.
The museum is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. It opened in 1971 through the efforts of "Frolic" Weymouth, who also served on its board.
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  • Second meal since the Covid reopening and it was great just like the first. We started with a fig and Brie flatbread special that was absolutely outstanding. My filet was cooked perfectly and my...  more »
  • Amazing collection of paintings by many Wyeth family members. Such a stunning display of artistic talent in a family. The special exhibits were also good. Located in Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania...  more »
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  • The Brandywine River Museum is always a wonderful, relaxing experience for me, and I always enjoy their special exhibits. The past three years have been a great way to become familiarized with all three generations of Wyeth painters. This museum has nice amenities, is limited in scope, and does an excellent job of displaying the works (frame choices, narratives, groupings).
  • I love this museum. It's in a beautiful setting, and their exhibitions are always thoughtfully and expertly done. Very accessible and friendly for children--don't forget to check out the outdoor spaces, as well. The Brandywine River is the amazing, beautiful-in-every-season, backdrop to this collection of works by the Wyeth family and more.

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