If you are a fan of American fine and decorative art you will want to visit this museum and see the collection of Sewell C. Biggs. The collection represents artisans throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with an emphasis on art forms made and used in
There is only one comprehensive representation of American paintings collection on the
Titan Peale collected several thousand insects, mostly new; 500 species of plants, many new, 122 sketches he drew during this exploration. Peale joined many explorations and drew sketches and collected a wide range of items. They were first in the
In the 1840’s the
From 1843 to 1848 Peale worked on a text and drawings for vol. 8 of Wilkes Expedition reports. Mannalia and Ornithology.
From 1848 – 73 he worked on a number of oil paintings based on his explorations (in particular, the Long Expedition.) He continued to work on varied projects of writing and drawing and painting throughout his life.
Albert Bierstadt collection is also in the museum. He was likely the most famous and financially successful late 19th century painter of American western landscape art. He created grandiose, dramatic scenes of the
Gilbert Stuarts’ work is also on display. He was the most successful portraitist of the early American republic, known for his paintings of some of the most famous men and women of his time.
There is the works of Childe Hassam on display too, he was an Impressionist painter living from 1859 – 1935.
You will also be able to enjoy a variety of art forms such as sculptures by Hiram Powers and images by
You can see examples of furniture by early American cabinetmakers such as the Javier family of
The museum is also in possession of one of the finest collections of regional silver in the country.
The Museum offers changing exhibitions throughout the year relating to historical and contemporary art topics. The galleries are more intimate than many galleries where you will experience the unexpected ad personal experience with the collection.
The museum has public educational programs relating to art for adults and children as well as special events to bring the wonderful world of art to everyone.
Hours: Wednesday – Friday 10 – 4; Saturday 9 – 5 and Sunday 1:30 – 4:30.
Directions: located in historic downtown