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Biggs Museum of American Art

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Address: 406 Federal St, Dover, DE 19901-3615
Phone Number: +1 302-674-2111
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun 13:30 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

This museum, named after a local art collector, features American painting...

This museum, named after a local art collector, features American painting and crafts from Colonial portraiture to 20th-century Impressionism, with a special focus on the work of local artists from the Colonial and Federal periods.

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Fascinating displays

I went to a showing of the illuminated books of the Bible and was fascinated by the quality of the work displayed as well as the manner in which the art work was presented. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Dover, Delaware
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Dover, Delaware
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to a showing of the illuminated books of the Bible and was fascinated by the quality of the work displayed as well as the manner in which the art work was presented. The staff were very knowledgeable about the items.

Thank snowigo
Dover, Delaware
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Very well managed museum, featuring local and regional art. Many fundraising events are held here. Three floors of interesting art and artifacts and furniture. Gift shop holds some unusual local crafters, scarves, jewelry and pottery to mention a few. Sundays are free admission, perfect afternoon getaway.

Thank ShirleyGirl2014
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

wide variety of styles of art, antique furniture and artifacts. small craft section for children, Free admission for certain events, a definite to see for all when free..Must appreciate art to pay regular entrance fee, a little high

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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Built around the private collection of the late Sewell Biggs, the museum houses his collection of American art and hosts changing temporary exhibitions. Mr. Biggs had a keen eye and purchased gem-like examples of 18th and 19th century American art. Combining the fine and decorative arts with an emphasis on work of the Delaware Valley, the Biggs Collection is a... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

For little Dover, this is an awesome museum! There are three floors and you can spend over an hour browsing through the art. I went when they had the Maurice Sendak exhibit and I was very impressed. I love the bird and tree display they have in front of the museum. They also had exhibits of local photographers from a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

A wonderful museum filled with many treasure of american art - from historical to contemporary. Volunteer staff was very helpful. We came up from Dewey Beach on a rainy day for some site seeing. Nice drive.

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Stopped by the museum to view the current Maurice Sendak exhibit, and wound up touring the entire building. I never knew they had such an extensive collection of early American folk art, furniture, and more! Well worth a visit - and I could kick myself for never going above the first floor!

Thank RaabLong
Palo Alto, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This relatively small museum has some excellent American artwork displayed in a very pleasant manner. It is not large and is made up of mostly one man's collection, but that collection was excellent. Included in the works are fine early American furniture. We particularly enjoyed the temporary exhibit, which featured Maurice Sendak's art while we were there. The way it... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

My favorite item in here was the glass vase , completely made out of sand, a lot of good history here and a good source for some fine art and history behind it

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Lots of people travel past Dover on their way to the Delaware beaches. The Biggs Museum is definitely worth a side trip. The museum houses the collection of Sewell C. Biggs who spent his lifetime gathering art and artifacts from the Delaware and Philadelphia area. There is an excellent display of furniture and silver, as well as an interesting collection... More 

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