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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Art and nature come together in a scenic riverside setting

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Overview

It’s hard to imagine a more bucolic place in which to explore art than the Brandywine River Museum of Art, run by the Brandywine Conservancy on a nature preserve.

The museum is located amidst the very settings that inspired much of the art on view: rolling hills, snowy drifts, and, always, the Brandywine River.

The museum has become synonymous with Andrew Wyeth, whose work is exhibited here in abundance, alongside the illustrations by his father, N.C., and the realistic paintings by his son, Jamie, as well as that of their contemporaries.

A veritable tour through the terrain of the Brandywine Valley, the history of American illustration, and the contributions of the very creative Wyeth family, the museum offers masterpieces for all kinds of art lovers.

The History

The museum is located amidst the very settings that inspired much of the art on view.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art is housed in a renovated 1864 gristmill, and its grounds include wildflower gardens and, of course, that ever-meandering river. Since its founding, the museum’s collection has grown to include more than 2,500 landscapes, still lifes, genre paintings and illustrations from hundreds of 19th- and 20th-century American artists.

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The Brandywine Conservancy planted the surrounding gardens, the billowing native grasses and the trees that line the road leading to the former Civil War-era gristmill that’s now a showcase for American art. Visit the terrace overlooking Brandywine Creek and then follow the tree-lined path that parallels the water.

On the neighboring property, smaller gardens demonstrate the use of native plants in a typical home landscape.

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