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“Big on local art and history”

Biggs Museum of American Art
Ranked #7 of 35 things to do in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 October 2013

I love coming to this museum! Truly, the Biggs is my favorite place to spend an evening. I particularly appreciate the way modern pieces by Delaware artists are displayed alongside older pieces by Delaware artists. Very well done! I also love the new renovations and pieces.

1  Thank Stacey P
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

This is a free art museum located in Dover. They offer great programs for kids that provide hands on exposure to the arts. The museum itself has some beautiful pieces on display and the staff is always so wonderful and willing to share their knowledge. We particularly enjoyed the historical furniture and silver.

Thank Smyrnamomma
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Beautiful oil paintings & unique furniture gave this small museum some interesting features. The wall paper was unique & complimented the staged spaces.

Thank boxingblonde
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

This excellent 3 story museum is right in the center of the old colonial area of Dover. It is made up mainly of the collection of Sewell Biggs, an art collector from Delaware, who gave his collection to the state. He collected work from the Middle Atlantic states. The top 2 floors house the permanent collection, made up of American decorative art, furniture, silver, mainly from Colonial times. There are many small galleries showing art from different eras. There are paintings by some of the greatest American artists-Hassam, Twatchman, Eakins, Inness, Rockwell Kent, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Thomas Cole. One room has a number of paintings by members of the Peale family, especially Charles Willson Peale and his son, Rembrandt. Another gallery is devoted to famous illustrators from Delaware many of whom were taught by Howard Pyle who was born in Wilmington.

The first floor has temporary exhibits. The current one has 80 Currier and Ives pictures with interesting, detailed information about .the art work and Currier and Ives.

The museum is free and there is free parking in front. Currently they are in the 3rd phase of the museum's renovation--the main entrance is blocked off, but you can enter through a door to the left of the entrance.

Great place to spend a few hours to appreciate American art.

2  Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

The museum is small but very beautiful! When I went there were not a lot of people there. It was like having the museum to yourself. Even the wall paper is art! I would go back again.

1  Thank Elana B
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