Adult Programs


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

American Transcendentalism and the Natural World lecture

October 29, 6 p.m.

Why have so many artists, including Charles Burchfield and N.C. Wyeth, been influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson? Professor Ashton Nichols will discuss Transcendentalism and its significant influence on American culture. Nichols is the Walter E. Beach ‘56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies and a Professor of Language and Literature at Dickinson College. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow. Cost is $20; members, $15.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Seeing Sounds with Charles Burchfield gallery talk

Wednesday, November 5, 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.

Walk through the Exalted Nature exhibition with Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, as she discusses Charles Burchfield’s painted representations of non-visual aspects of the landscape. Just as Burchfield “saw” the sounds of nature, we can “listen” to his watercolors. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait

lecture and book signing

Thursday, November 6, 6 p.m.

This new book traces the rich vein of history in the region, from original European settlement to the Battle of the Brandywine—the largest land battle of the Revolutionary War—to the establishment of First State National Monument on its banks in 2013. Available in the museum shop and online, the book is richly illustrated with seldom-seen historical photographs, paintings and drawings.

Author W. Barksdale Maynard will discuss this fascinating story in an illustrated talk followed by a book signing and reception. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $15; non-members, $20.


Matthew Jensen Artist Talk

Saturday, November 8, 2 p.m.

The artist will discuss his installation and how he uses photography, walking and collection building to reinvent the way landscape is represented and understood.  Free for members and included in Museum admission.


credit: Greg Barrett

Music on the Brandywine concert

November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Andrea Lam will perform. Lam was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn competition and has degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for students through November 10. After November 10, ticket prices are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for students.  Full bar and small plate offerings available for purchase. Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.



Adult Group Tours
Guided tours are available on weekdays for groups of ten or more. See Group Tours for scheduling information.



Brandywine River Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141
Chadds Ford, PA 19317 • Phone: 610-388-2700

© Brandywine Conservancy
This site is for personal, educational, non-commercial use only and may not be reproduced in any form
without the express permission of the Brandywine Conservancy.
For more information send e-mail to: inquiries@brandywine.org