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Established in 1993, the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art Museum houses one of the finest collections of American fine and decorative arts.

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Special features of the permanent collection include the only comprehensive representational American paintings collection on the Delmarva Peninsula with highlights by the Peale family, Albert Bierstadt, Gilbert Stuart, and Childe Hassam.  Experience a variety of art forms such as sculptures by Hiram Powers and images by Brandywine School illustrator, Frank E. Schoonover.  View Examples of furniture by early-American cabinetmakers such as, the Javier family of Odessa, and William Savery of Philadelphia.  The Museum also houses one of the finest collections of regional silver in the country.

The Biggs offers changing exhibitions throughout the year relating to historical and contemporary art topics.  Intimate galleries offer guests an unexpected and personal experience with the collection.  The museum supports the public education of art through educational programming for adults and children and special events designed to bring art to everyone.

Whether it’s the first visit to the Biggs Museum or the hundredth, there is always something new to delight, surprise, enlighten, excite, and inspire.

COVID – 19 Protocols

In compliance with the most recent directives from the CDC and the State of Delaware, as of August 16, 2021 all visitors and staff must wear a mask within the museum regardless of vaccination status. Please come for your next visit prepared with an appropriate face covering.

If you have any questions about current protocols that are in place prior to your visit, please call to speak to a member of our visitor services staff at (302) 674-2111 x 0.