Delaware Art Museum


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  • Free access to extensive permanent collection & exhibits
  • Admission to 30 museums
  • Members-only exhibit previews

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Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today's Groupon to the Delaware Art Museum. Choose between the following options:

• For $12, you get two adult admissions (a $24 value).
• For $50, you get a one-year Friend-level membership (a $125 value).

The Friend membership entitles two adults and their children or grandchildren under 18 to benefits, including free museum admission, two museum guest passes, free admission to 30 additional museums nationwide, and two free tickets to each exhibition’s members-only preview party.

Founded in 1912 to preserve the paintings and prints of Howard Pyle, the Delaware Art Museum boasts an impressive display of American Illustration and, according to the Guardian, hosts “one of the finest Pre-Raphaelite collections outside Britain.” The American Illustration exhibit is currently closed for reinstallation but will reopen September 7. Stare appreciatively at fine art hanging in the classrooms and galleries that sprawl over 80,000 feet and three wings of a recently renovated 1938 building, exchanging witty observations with a date or an old tennis instructor on the run from the law. Museum-touring pairs can view current exhibits including Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art, which examines 21st-century artists’ use of physics and light distortions to trick eyes into thinking their sculptures aren't stealthily switching positions every time you look away.

After taking in the museum's permanent collection—which includes the country’s largest repository of work by Ashcan School painter John Sloan—visitors can stroll side-by-side through the museum’s lush Copeland Sculpture Garden or give Tom Otterness’ Crying Giant a cheery circus pony. Museum members can enroll in drawing, painting, and other studio-art classes at a discounted rate through the museum’s well-known art-education program.

Delaware Art Museum

Howard Pyle's unexpected death in 1912 brought a group of artists, entrepreneurs, and businessmen together to grieve their friend. They couldn't let the artist's passion for teaching and illustration disappear as quickly as he had; so, they decided to form the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts with the sole purpose of preserving his legacy. They gathered funds from locals who felt just as strongly as they did—family members, friends, students, fans—and purchased approximately 100 pieces of his artwork.

Little did they know that, with these 100 pieces, they were starting something greater than a memorial for a good friend. The Wilmington Society of Fine Arts would, over time, add more and more artwork to its collection, growing into an 80,000-square-foot space and out of its original name. The Delaware Art Museum, as its called today, now counts more than 12,000 works of art as part of its collection. Permanent features showcase British pre-Raphaelites, the urban landscapes of John Sloan, modern American art, and, of course, Howard Pyle. The masterpieces don't stop when visitors venture outside—the Copeland Sculpture Garden adorns its lush natural scenery with nine works from the museum's permanent collection, along with a massive outdoor labyrinth.

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Patito217 October 15, 2016
"Excellent art museum"
We were visiting the area primarily to see the local world class gardens, but rain and windy weather discouraged us from spending time out of doors so the Art museum moved to number one spot. No one in my group of 5 regretted our change in plans. The museum is beautiful both from architect... Read More
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beardedchemist October 4, 2016
"American Art meets the Pre-Raphaelites"
This small, privately supported museum is in a leafy suburb of Wilmington, near the Brandywine River. It is very well designed and laid out in a modern building with a sculpture garden. Highlights are the largest Pre-Raphaelite collection outside England, and an American gallery featuring ... Read More
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TIC09 September 23, 2016
"Howard Pyle"
Medium sized museum started to contain Howard Pyle's illustrations. Lovely outdoor sculpture garden and labyrinth. My husband remembered so many of the illustrations from his childhood books of pirates. Some other illustrators are included in the collection as well as some other art. Look... Read More
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