The Brandywine River Museum
is a museum of regional and American art located on U.S. Route 1
in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
on the banks of the Brandywine River. The museum showcases the art of Andrew Wyeth
a major American realist painter, and his family: his father, N.C. Wyeth
illustrator of many children’s classics, and his son, Jamie Wyeth
a contemporary American realist painter.
Housed in a converted nineteenth century gristmill
, the museum’s permanent collection features American illustration, still life
works, and landscape painting
by Jasper Francis Cropsey
, Harvey Dunn
, Peter Hurd
, Maxfield Parrish
, Howard Pyle
, William Trost Richards
, and Jessie Willcox Smith
. The glass-wall lobby overlooks Brandywine Creek
and rolling countryside that inspired the Brandywine School
earlier in the early 20th century.
The museum also owns and operates tours of two nearby National Historic Landmarks
: the N. C. Wyeth House and Studio
and the Kuerner Farm
, inspiration for nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth from the 1930s until his death in 2009. Outside the museum are beautifully maintained Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens.
The museum was founded in 1971 as part of the Brandywine Conservancy thru the efforts of “Frolic” Weymouth
. He has been on the board since its founding.