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Make Mother's Day Special with a Visit to the Brandywine River Museum

CHADDS FORD, PA April 30, 2012--Visitors can enjoy a memorable Mother's Day at the Brandywine River Museum, with free admission until noon, breakfast on the Brandywine in the Museum restaurant, plus a native plant sale where Mom can choose her own gift.

The Museum offers free admission on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Mother's Day is no exception. Visitors can tour the galleries and see the unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and fine collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting. The exhibition, Scribner's Magazine: The Early Years in Illustration, on view through May 20, features the works of many of these artists, among them Robert Blum, Charles Dana Gibson, Thornton Oakely, Rose O'Neill, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Frank Schoonover, John H. Twachtman and N. C. Wyeth.

Visitors can enjoy breakfast with a view in the Museum's cafeteria-style restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views of the Brandywine River. The cost of $6 per person includes juice and coffee, tea or milk. A child's breakfast is also available for $3.75.

The annual Wildflower, Native Plant and Seed Sale, selected as "one of the country's best," by Town & Country magazine, is a great place to let Mom choose her own gift. Native plants are a great way to "go green" because they are adapted to the local growing conditions and require less water and intensive care in the garden. Many varieties will attract songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies and are useful for strengthening our local ecosystem as they are low-maintenance additions to the garden. Conservancy staff members and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and give advice. Admission to the sale is free. All proceeds benefit the Conservancy's diverse and beautiful Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens that surround the Brandywine River Museum. For more information about the sale or becoming a garden volunteer at the Brandywine Conservancy, contact Mark Gormel at 610-388-8327.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students, and free for children under six and members. Group rates are available with advance reservations. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit

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*Admission will be charged on Sunday, May 27, for the 41st Annual Antiques Show. All proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Museum Volunteers' Acquisition Fund, which has contributed more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints to the Museum's holdings.

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