School Programs

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Inquiry-based programs meet standards across the curriculum by building observation skills and encouraging critical thinking. The museum’s renowned collection features work by American artists including three generations of the Wyeth family. Multi-disciplinary connections to art, language arts, social studies, environmental science and even math are possible; see specific program offerings below or contact the education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.orgPlease click here for pre-visit information.

School and Community Access Program:

Financial assistance is available to schools in need for admission and transportation costs.  Please contact the education office for more information.

Program Themes

School Programs include a thematic guided tour and may be adapted to the curriculum and level of the group. Most programs are one hour, except as noted.

All Ages
Highlights Tour
Discover landscape and still-life paintings, portraits, illustrations, and works by Wyeth family artists.

Three Generations of Wyeth Art
Learn about a family's history in works of art created by three generations of Wyeths including N. C. Wyeth, his son Andrew Wyeth and grandson Jamie Wyeth.

Holiday Tour
Offered from Thanksgiving through early January.
Enjoy trees decorated with natural ornaments, model and toy trains, and special art exhibitions.

Young Children (pre-K through grade 2)
Museum Explorers
45-minute tour
Use the five senses to explore art and the museum.

Read-Aloud Tour
Hear tales related to works of art while exploring the museum.

An optional hands-on art activity related to the theme of the story is available for an additional cost of $4 per student.

Grades 3 through 6
Storytelling in Art
Use imagination and observation skills to discover stories contained in works of art.

Pennsylvania Art and History
Examine work by Pennsylvania artists and discuss historical events, including the Battle of Brandywine.

Art and Geometry
Explore how artists manipulate compositional elements, such as line, shape, color, balance, symmetry, and repetition, to create meaning in a work of art.

Art and Nature
Two-hour program offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April and May
Investigate aspects of landscape art, animal and plant life, habitat and watershed inside and outside the museum.

Grades 6 through 12

The Art of Illustration
Study the art of illustration in the work of Howard Pyle and his students, including N. C. Wyeth.

Media Study
Examine art techniques and evaluate decisions made by artists in choosing materials and tools.

Creative Writing and Art
Develop ideas for creative writing through art. After the tour, groups may stay in the galleries to complete writing exercises.

Andrew Wyeth Studio
Visit the studio where Andrew Wyeth created some of his most iconic works of art.


N. C. Wyeth Studio Program
Visit the artist's house and studio and view works of art by three generations of Wyeth artists.


Kuerner Farm Program

Explore Andrew Wyeth's creative process through a visit to this historic site painted by the artist.
Two-hour programs include guided tours of museum and site with $8 additional cost per person. Offered weekdays, April through November, for 28 people maximum, including chaperones.


Home School Groups
Organized groups of homeschoolers are welcome to schedule guided tours of the museum, using the program themes offered to school groups. Multiple themes may be selected for multi-age groups. An optional hands-on art activity related to tour themes is available for an additional cost of $4 per student.

Scheduling a School Program
To Schedule a visit, call the education office at 610-388-8382 or 610-388-2700.

Requests may be sent by e-mail to Please include the following information:
  • Teacher name
  • School name, address, phone number
  • Date and time requested
  • Number and grade level of students
  • Special program requests
School programs are available by appointment Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Group Admission
$6/student, $10/adult. One complimentary adult pass is given for every 10 students. Admission must be paid upon arrival by cash, check or credit card. No refunds will be issued for overpayment.

One adult for every ten students is required.

The museum is accessible to all students. Please alert us if your group has special needs.

Self-Guided Groups
Groups who visit on their own must make reservations.

The museum does not have an area designated for students to bring bag lunches. Lunches may be purchased in the museum restaurant by advanced reservation only; contact the restaurant manager at 610-388-8374 for reservations. If weather permits, schools may use the picnic tables at the Brandywine Battlefield, located one mile north of the museum on Route 1.   Please call ahead at 610-459-3342, as the Battlefield’s operating hours and policies have changed recently.

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

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