Brandywine River Museum (1864 / 1971)
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania USA • Exhibiting American art in a 19th-century gristmill, the museum is internationally known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths - N.C., Andrew, and Jamie – and a fine collection of American illustration, still life, and landscape painting. The museum combines the elegance of art with the grandeur of nature with glass-walled lobbies providing expansive views of the river.
The museum features special exhibitions throughout the year, including "A Brandywine Christmas," with an extensive O-gauge model railroad, and famous "critter" ornaments.
From mid-April to November, the Brandywine River Museum offers tours of the nearby house and studio where NC. Wyeth created most of his famous works of art, as well as the Kuerner Farm, which has inspired nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth. – From the website of Brandywine Treasures.
☞ In 1971, the Brandywine Conservancy opened the Brandywine River Museum in the renovated Hoffman’s Mill, a former gristmill built in 1864 that was part of the Conservancy’s first preservation efforts. With nearly six million visitors to date, the museum has established an international reputation for its unparalleled collection and its dedication to American art with primary emphasis on the art of the Brandywine region, American illustration, still life and landscape painting, and the work of the Wyeth family.
Among the hundreds of artists represented are Howard Pyle, many students of Pyle who affected the course of American illustration, N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. There is work by hundreds of famous illustrators. Landscape, still life, portrait and genre painting includes work by Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, Asher Durand, W. T. Richards, William Harnett, John Haberle, J. D. Chalfant, Horace Pippin, and many others, while the major still life collection includes paintings by William Harnett, John Peto, George Cope, John Haberle, Horace Pippin, and many more artists. Nearly 300 special exhibitions have been shown in the museum’s six galleries, along with constant installations of work from the collection. Educational programs and publications for audiences of all ages are regular and frequent.