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James A. Michener Art Museum

Showcase for Pennsylvania Impressionism and other notable arts of the region

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Overview

In the heart of Bucks County, the Michener Art Museum houses the finest collection anywhere of Pennsylvania Impressionist painters.

Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, Daniel Garber and other artists of the Bucks County school are well represented — including Garber’s magnificent mural, A Wooded Watershed, which was rescued and placed here.

Visitors will find a room filled with the powerfully organic forms of furniture by George Nakashima, the pioneering woodworker who lived and worked in Bucks County.

The Michener mounts regular shows of paintings, photography and other kinds of art, often with a regional connection.

The History

The Michener houses the finest collection anywhere of Pennsylvania Impressionist painters.

Opened in 1988, the Michener Art Museum is named for bestselling author James Michener, a Doylestown native son, who first envisioned the museum. The museum has expanded around its original buildings, the Neo-Gothic guardhouse and warden’s office of a former 19th-century prison.

Don’t Miss

The museum offers a variety of programs and workshops, as well as a Children’s Gallery.

The walled, lush “backyard” features the Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden, where sculptures pay homage to the Bucks County landscape.

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