Exhibitions & Events


A Brandywine Christmas Trains

A Brandywine Christmas

on view through January 4

Discover the renowned O-gauge model train display of more than 1,000 pieces, with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track, and thousands of whimsical Critters (ornaments and decorations handcrafted by our volunteers from all natural materials) displayed on towering trees soaring up through the Museum's three-story rotunda.

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.

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

on view 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.


©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.


Knights and Ladies Meet and Greet

Saturdays, December 27 and January 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Holiday Shops

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.


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.

Imagine Brandywine

January 25 through April 12, 2015

A multidisciplinary approach to magazine cover illustration will be featured in this exhibition by pre-k through ninth grade students from Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square, PA. 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.

©Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) Kleberg, 1984. oil on canvas. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection

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.


Teacher Workshop: The Art of Jamie Wyeth

Tuesday, January 27, 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Learn about the art of Jamie Wyeth through a presentation by associate curator Amanda C. Burdan, followed by an opportunity to view the retrospective exhibition which received rave reviews this past summer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Workshops are free for teachers; register at education@brandywine.org or 610-388-8382.


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.

N.C. Wyeth Studio ©Carlos Alejandro

Andrew Wyeth studio ©Carlos Alejandro

The Art of Jamie Wyeth Tour

Fridays and Saturdays, February 6 through March 14,

at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m.

In conjunction with Jamie Wyeth's major retrospective, visit two of the Museum's National Historic Landmark sites that have particular significance to his development as an artist. The N.C. Wyeth Studio, built by Jamie Wyeth's grandfather, is the place where the young artist studied painting with his aunt, Carolyn Wyeth. The Andrew Wyeth Studio is a restored schoolhouse that was the home of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth and their two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. Later, when the entire structure became Andrew Wyeth's studio, the building was the location of Jamie Wyeth's first studio. It is here that the artist painted important works including Draft Age and Portrait of John F. Kennedy.

Guided tours leave from the Museum. Limited tickets for this special experience are available at the Museum on the day of the tour and cost $10 in addition to Museum admission and $5 for members.

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.

Vanessa Briceño Photography

Music on the Brandywine

Thursday, February 19, Performance at 7:30 p.m. Galleries open at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a concert by Jordan Dodson, named one of the top young guitarists of his generation by Performance Today. An an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia and an advocate for contemporary music, Dodson has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He performs in several New Your City based ensembles, and has received many prestigious awards. Arrive early to tour the museum and enjoy small plates and full bar (available for purchase). Tickets cost $10, members; $12, non-members and $6, students, through February 16. Prices increase to $20, members; $25, non-members, and $10, students after February 16. Tickets are available online, by phone at 610.388.8326, or at the Museum.

"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

Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus Concert

Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m., included with museum admission.

The Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus will perform songs with the theme of "Peace" in the museum's second floor lobby.

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. $60, members; $75 non-members.

Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner

Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturdays, March 21 to May 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Immerse yourself in Kuerner Farm, a source of inspiration for Andrew Wyeth for over 70 years, and a featured property on the National Register of Historic Places, with an art class led by Karl J. Kuerner. As the grandson of two of Andrew Wyeth’s best-known subjects and a student of Carolyn Wyeth, Karl’s personal experiences with the farm provide special insight into the property and its rich history. Participants will provide art materials of their own choosing, and should dress appropriately for working outdoors. The first class will begin at the Brandywine River Museum. Cost is $250 per person (members, $20). Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction; register online or by calling 610.388.8326 after January 6.


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.

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