The Brandywine River Museum of Art features a distinguished collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art, housed in a renovated nineteenth-century gristmill with a dramatic steel and glass addition that overlooks the bucolic Brandywine River. The Museum’s collection is comprised of over 4,000 works, encompassing a cross-section of American art with a special focus on artistic practice in the Brandywine region.
Renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, the Museum features galleries dedicated to the work of N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. The Museum’s historic properties, including the N. C. Wyeth House and Studio, the Andrew Wyeth Studio and Kuerner Farm—all National Historic Landmarks—are open for seasonal tours and provide remarkable insight into the unique creativity of the remarkable Wyeth family who found inspiration in the Brandywine Valley.
The Museum’s outstanding Heritage Collection is a cross section of American art, with a special focus on artistic practice in the Brandywine valley. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century landscape paintings testify to the beauty which drew well-known artists to the area. Important portraits, still life paintings and notable holdings in American illustration add diversity and breadth to this unique collection. A robust program of changing special exhibitions places the Museum’s collection into the broader contexts of American art.
The Museum is one of the two programs of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, which preserves and promotes the natural and cultural connections between the area’s beautiful landscape, historic sites and important artists. The Conservancy protects the lands throughout the Brandywine Valley, developing new conservation approaches and assuring access to majestic open spaces and dependable water supplies for generations to come. The Museum of Art presents and collects historic and contemporary works of American art, engaging and exciting visitors of all ages through an array of exhibitions and programs. The Brandywine unites the inspiring experiences of art and nature, enhancing the quality of life in its community and among its diverse audiences. In keeping with the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art's spirit of preservation, surrounding the Museum are wildflowers, trees and shrubs native and indigenous to the greater Brandywine region. Plants are selected to provide a succession of bloom from early spring through the first frost.