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Arts & Museums
This museum is a must-see for aviation buffs, as well as those with an interest in military history. With 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes, the American Helicopter Museum has a well-rounded collection of impressive machines, including the V-22 Osprey. If you're looking for a thrill, try the 6-8 minute helicopter ride - USD35.00 per person. If you prefer the safety of land, stop into the library and browse the many historic documents and artifacts on display. Finish your trip with a stop at the gift shop, where you're sure to find that one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Visitors can learn all about American history and Chester County history during the Colonial States era at the Chester County Historical Society.There are several historical artifacts available for display and research at the Historical Society, including newspapers that date back to the late 1700s. There are several other exhibits, all of which pertain to Chester County's long and rich history as a colonial town. For more specific details regarding current events, refer to the website.
Occupying the former residence of Christian C. Anderson, a renowned public figure in Chadds Ford, this eponymous museum showcases the rich private collection he amassed during his lifetime as a musician, poet, historian, teacher and much more. Despite being a fairly modest space, the eight-room museum showcases a treasure-trove of intriguing artifacts and Americana. Prominent exhibits at the museum include artifacts from the two world wars, artwork by N. C. Wyeth and autographs by renowned historical figures. Check website for more.
One of the most renowned museums in the region, the Brandywine River Museum houses some great pieces of art representing the American culture. Take part in the various tours, exhibitions, educational programs and events held here to get a better understanding of American art and culture.
The esteemed Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is also referred to as the Media Armory. Constructed in 1908, this armory has been now transformed into a museum that opened in 2005. It chronicles and provides insight into the important battles in the history of United States. Check website for more details.
The Winterthur Museum is an old house that used to be inhabited by Henry Francis du Pont. Located on the Country Estate, there are over 150 rooms in the house that are beautifully maintained. The house is decorated with artifacts that he collected over the years as well as items added after he died. Tastefully laid out, the house has 85,000 pieces of priceless artifacts that include paintings, furniture, artwork and lots more in the galleries at the house. It is also home to the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens. You can also take a self-guided tour around the vast estate. Call ahead for more details.
The Delaware Museum Of Natural History is the only museum of its kind in the state, and was opened for the first time in 1972. Hosting over 700,000 visitors each year, the stupendous collections are from all the continents. Whether it's a jaguar that interests you or mollusks, birds eggs, dinosaur remains, paleontology, coral reefs or shells, you're sure to come across it here. Outreach programs encourage adults and kids to participate and enjoy the nature trails, walking tours and workshops. Check website for more information on their permanent and temporary exhibits.
The Hagley Museum and Library is a grandiose treasure cove spread across an area of 235 acres. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and machinery of the DuPont mills and tries to show the impact of industrialization on the progress and growth of America. The library, on the other hand, houses a collection of books, photographs, archives and other manuscripts that recite the tale of economic and technological growth of the country. Apart from enriching the knowledge of its visitors, the Hagley Museum and Library also serves as an event space where local events and conferences are a regular feature. Call ahead or check the website to know more.
A museum rich with history, the Bahr Mill Complex was built in 1897 to house Jacob Bahr’s woodworking and grit mill business. Today, the mill has been completely restored to give visitors a chance to view the historical equipment used by the family. Don’t forget to visit the museum shop on your way out and pick up some very cool souvenirs like the miniature hay rake exactly like the rake used by Lawrence Bahr. The mill is open only on summer weekends from 11:00a to 4:00p, and all other times by appointment.
The Museum of Mourning Art is less than 30 minutes from Philadelphia and explores the unusual history and artistic culture of grief. The museum features familiar death symbols, such as the skull and cross bones, that are found on books, clocks, engravings, bells, ceramics, tombstones and a variety of other objects related to death. A special exhibit features more than seventy pieces of mourning jewelry, worn as mementos of the deceased. Most notable is a special exhibit dedicated to George Washington and the national grief that gripped America.
The Delaware Art Museum is a grandiose exhibition space that features an impressive collection of paintings and illustrations belonging to the Pre-Raphaelite period and the artistic trend of 19th and 20th Century America. Here, you get to see artworks by masterminds like Dante Rossetti, Simeon Solomon, Thomas Dewing, Raphaelle Peale, among several others. Besides featuring an awe-inspiring collection, the museum also hosts various art related activities like exhibitions and workshops. Apart from that, the various halls located within the premises of the Delaware Art Museum are rented out for corporate functions, meetings, private gatherings, cocktail parties and several other events. Check website for details.
Located within the premises of the Rockwood Park, the Rockwood Museum is a treasure cove of artifacts and exhibits that transpose you to the Victorian era. The museum aims to reveal the lifestyle of the Bringhurst family until they resided at this grandiose estate. The Rockwood Museum also hosts special exhibitions which show the mourning clothes, customs and traditions of the Victorian times. If you love to explore bygone times, then a visit to the Rockwood Museum would be an enriching experience.