Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton

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The Merrick Art Gallery is an early private art museum in western Pennsylvania, founded by industrialist Edward Dempster Merrick in 1880 in the old New Brighton, Pennsylvania railroad station. The gallery, or museum, was expanded to two connected buildings holding 240 works of art, and remains open, free-of-charge, to the public. The gallery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Edward Dempster Merrick moved from New York state to New Brighton as a child. He worked as a telegraph operator and in his father's bucket-making business, then joined his brothers in 1867 in a foundry business which they sold in 1885. At this time he made a shrewd investment in a horseshoe nail manufacturing company, which supported Merrick and his museum for the rest of his life.
In 1880, he bought the c. 1850 one-story railroad station, and by 1885 had converted it into a two-story gallery. The second building was added around 1901. His collection of 18th- and 19th-century French, German, English, and American paintings fills the gallery and includes romantic, realistic, and impressionistic art by the artists Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Gustav Courbet, Hermann Winterhalter, Thomas Sully, and Charles Courtney Curran. The Hudson River School collection includes paintings by Asher Brown Durand, Thomas Moran, John Frederick Kensett, John William Casilear, and William Trost Richards.
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  • Remodeled beautifully. great place to visit to see the awesome art works. I attended a small wedding reception and it was quite quaint. Totally recommend a day visit.  more »
  • A beautiful family-founded art gallery in the middle of downtown New Brighton. Perfect spot to spend some quiet, introspective time or to introduce your children to a touch of culture. It's a beautifu...  more »
  • The reason I like the Merrick Art Gallery is simple... it's free to the public to walk in & look around at a lot of old paintings, & get some great historical facts on New Brighton, & the Art Gallery it's self...1100 5th ave, Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 4:30pm>Sunday's 1:pm to 4:pm
  • Plans we had got rained out so we decided what the heck lets go and check it out since we were out that way already. Pleasantly surprised with everything, the artwork was fantastic and ladies working are extremely pleasant. Would recommend for anyone in beaver county to check out at least once.

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