Exhibitions & Events


©Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Roasted Chestnuts (1956), tempera on panel. Gift of Harry G. Haskell, 1971

Andrew Wyeth: Lines of Thought

on view through February 8

Over his remarkable seven-decade career, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created thousands of drawings in graphite and watercolor, a body of work that he rarely exhibited. The drawings in this exhibition provide a fascinating glimpse into his creative process. They were created by Wyeth in preparation for four paintings—Faraway (1952), Corner of the Woods (1954), Roasted Chestnuts (1956), and Garret Room (1962). Each drawing is part of the process Wyeth used to work out his vision for his paintings. Many were sketched outdoors and reveal Wyeth’s immediate response to figures or objects in a composition. The exhibition includes 23 drawings and three paintings.

Imagine Brandywine

on view through January 4, 2015

This exhibition space displays creative art projects by area school students, inspired by the museum's collection and landscape. Creative landscapes by fifth grade students from Garrettford Elementary School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania will be on view in the lower level. The Brandywine River Museum of Art serves more than 6,000 students, from kindergarten through grade 12, through its field trip program. 

Imagine Brandywine is sponsored by Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown.


N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) The Boy's King Arthur, title page illustration, 1917, oil on canvas. Andrew and Betsy Wyeth collection

Enchanted Castles and Noble Knights

November 28 through January 4

Unforgettable, iconic paintings and drawings that bring to life the romance and the daring stories of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and other tales of quests and chivalry will be on view this holiday season. This exhibition will feature over 35 works of art by Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and others. The display will include Andrew Wyeth’s model medieval castle, made for him in 1927 by his brother Nathaniel and painted by their father N.C. Wyeth. The exhibition is supported by the Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.


A Brandywine Christmas Trains

A Brandywine Christmas

November 28 through January 4

Experience a Brandywine Christmas!  See the O-gauge model train display and marvel at thousands of Critter ornaments displayed throughout the museum.

A Brandywine Christmas is made possible by M&T Bank. Additional support is provided by Otto’s BMW, Herr Foods Inc., and the Frelinghuysen Foundation.

For your convenience, stroller parking is located on the river side entrance to the train gallery.

Creative Castles family program

Saturday, November 29, 10 to 11 a.m.

Who lives in a castle? Find out in the Enchanted Castles and Noble Knights exhibition, then decorate your own castle fit for a princess or prince! $6 per person, members and their children; $12, non-members and $8, non-member children, includes Museum admission. Tickets limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop at 610.388.8326.

Knights and Ladies Meet and Greet

Saturdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27 and January 3,

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursdays, December 4, 11 and 18, 6 to 8 p.m.

Honorable knights and elegant ladies will greet visitors in the museum’s lobby.

Holiday Shops

Weekends, November 29 through December 21

Daily, December 26 through 30

Regional artisans showcase their crafts in the museum's courtyard. Handwoven rugs, dried flowers and wreaths, pottery, quilted items and handcrafted dolls are featured on a rotating basis.

Christmas Carols concert

Sundays, November 30, December 7, 14 and 21, 2 to 4 p.m.

Listen to international opera singer Peter Campbell, accompanied by pianist Laura Cilia.


Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Night Family Program

Thursday, December 4, 7 to 8 p.m.

Children are invited to wear their pajamas as they delight in the tale of The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Sorry, this event is sold out.

Evening Hours on Thursdays in December

Thursdays, December 4, 11 and 18, Open until 9 p.m.

Performances at 7:30 p.m.

During these extended hours, enjoy special musical performances, activities for children and holiday displays. Knights and ladies will meet and greet visitors. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list in the Museum Shop, also open until 9 p.m. The museum cafe will be open serving light fare until 7:30 p.m.

December 4            Media Chamber Chorale

December 11          The Tonics

December 18          Wilmington Handbell Ensemble

Sounds of the Seasons concerts

Weekdays and some weekends in December

Enjoy choral concerts by local schools and community groups.

December 4            Springfield High School, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.

December 9            Pequea Valley High School, 10 a.m.

December 12          Prospect Park School, 10 a.m.

December 18          Octorara Senior High School, 10 a.m.

December 19          Octorara Senior High School, 10 a.m.

Critter Sale

Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special members' preview, December 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Meet Nutcracker dancers from Wilmington Ballet

Saturday, December 6, 1 to 3 p.m.

included with Museum admission.

Children's Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 10, 6-8 p.m.

Celebrate the season at this beloved family tradition. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, Cookie Land and our holiday displays. $12, members and free for member children. $15, nonmember adults and $5, nonmember children.  Free for children ages 2 and under. Purchase tickets online or by calling 610.388.8112.

Breakfast with the Trains all ages program

Saturday, December 13, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

All Aboard! Join us for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit with the Brandywine River Museum of Art Railroad. Discover how the extensive layout, one of the world’s largest, is created and what it takes to keep everything running. This before-hours event includes a private tour of the trains in action with Brandywine Railroad engineers and a continental breakfast in the museum’s cafe. Children will receive a Brandywine Railroad souvenir. $20 per person, members and their children;  $25 per person, non-members. Best for ages 3 and older, accompanied by an adult. Tickets limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop at 610.388.8326.

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) The Boy's King Arthur, title page illustration, 1917, oil on canvas. Andrew and Betsy Wyeth collection

King Arthur in American Popular Culture Lecture

Saturday, December 13, 2 p.m.

From the Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas to Game of Thrones, the notion of knighthood influenced – and continues to influence – many areas of American popular culture. Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack, creators of the award-winning website The Camelot Project and authors of King Arthur in America, will discuss how the moral view of chivalry and knighthood originally popularized by Alfred, Lord Tennyson resulted in an explosion of illustrations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and still emerges today in literature, cinema and the arts. Free for members and included in museum admission.

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), “They fought with him on foot more than three hours, both before him and behind him,” Illustration for The Boy’s King Arthur, 1917, oil on canvas, 40 1/8 x 31 7/8 inches. Private collection

Knights and Ladies in Training Family Program

Sunday, December 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 20, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Aspiring young knights and ladies are invited to complete a series of noble tasks. Design a family coat of arms, decorate a crown, learn sword fighting movements and follow clues on a quest throughout the museum. Participants will be honored in a knighting ceremony at the conclusion of the program. Designed for children accompanied by an adult. $6, members; $12 adults, $8 children; free for ages 2 and under, includes museum admission. Tickets limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop at 610.388.8326.


Terrific Trains Family Program

Saturday, January 3, 10 a.m. to noon

See the amazing train display one more time before it's all tucked away for another year, and create a colorful train of your own to display at home. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

Jamie Wyeth Exhibition

January 17 through April 5

The first major retrospective of the art of Jamie Wyeth (born 1946). Featuring more than 100 works, Jamie Wyeth examines six decades of the artist's career and charts the evolution of his creative process from his earliest childhood drawings through recurring themes inspired by the people, places and objects that populate his world. For more information, please click here.

At the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the exhibition is sponsored by Natalie and Herb Kohler on behalf of Kohler Co., and by David and Lisa Spartin. The national tour is sponsored by Bank of America.


The Art of Jamie Wyeth: "Loves and Obsessions" lecture

Wednesday, February 4, 6 p.m.

Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair Art of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and curator of the Jamie Wyeth exhibition, will discuss the artist's six decades of expansive work. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow. $20, members, $15; nonmembers. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.

Children's Read-Aloud Tours family program

Thursdays, February 5 through March 12 and March 17, at 10:30 a.m.

Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the Museum and make their own creative works to take home. In addition, they will enjoy a special program on Tuesday, March 17, for St. Patrick's Day, with a reading of The Tallest Leprechaun by Emily Grace Koenig and green-themed art activities. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org. Free for members and included with Museum admission.

February 5: Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman
February 12: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
February 19: Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime by Myra Wolfe
February 26: Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira
March 5: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
March 12: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Tuesday, March 17: The Tallest Leprechaun by Emily Grace Koenig
The Read-Aloud Program has been made possible by Joseph and Diane Packer in memory of Emily Grace Koenig.

Drawing in Light: A Brief History of Photography lecture series

Fridays, February 20 through March 20, 10 a.m.

Associate Curator Amanda C. Burdan delves into the fascinating history of photography in this five-part lecture series. Series tickets $40, members; $50, non-members. Individual lectures, $12, members; $15, non-members. Tickets are available online, by phone at 610.388.8326, or at the Museum.

Jamie Wyeth Curator's Tours

Wednesday, February 25 and Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m.

Led by Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator.

MARCH 2015

A Conversation with Jamie Wyeth

Friday, March 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

On the occasion of Jamie Wyeth's first major retrospective, spend the evening with the artist as he discusses his work with Associate Curator Amanda C. Burdan. The conversation will touch on issues of inspiration, influential artists, the creative process and Wyeth's "obsessions." The Museum will open at 5:30. The conversation begins at 6 p.m., followed by a reception. Tickets are limited and will be available beginning January 6, 2015 on the Museum's website or by calling 610.388.8326. $60, members; $75 non-members.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Brandywine River Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141
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