The region has been an inspiration to three generations of the famed Wyeth family whose art is on display at the Brandywine River Museum. Other artisans along the Arts Trail of the Brandywine Valley include the Dean of American Craftsmen, Wharton Esherick, as well as many individual artists, crafters and galleries.
As you follow the Arts Trail stop by Main Streets of Kennett Square, West Chester and Phoenixville to explore galleries and studios, shop and dine. Mansions, museums, gardens and historic homes can all be found as unique in-betweens of the Brandywine Valley Arts Trail.
Day 1: Visit Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, the former home of Henry Francis du Pont, an avid arts collector, horticulturist and philanthropist.
Collections of paintings, wood & metal works, textiles and ceramics & glass can be found at this eclectic museum. Continue your artistic adventure at the Delaware Museum of Art. The museum is best known for its large collection
of British Pre-Rapaelite art, works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators such as NC Wyeth. View more of the Wyeth family's art at the Brandywine River Museum. Here, works from three generations of
the famed Wyeth family, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth, are on display. Continue on to nearby Christian C. Sanderson Museum featuring an extensive collection of memorablia representing the American experience. Catch a person glimpse into the Wyeth family through their friendship with Mr. Sanderson. Photographs of the N.C. Wyeth family as well as original Wyeth paintings and sketches are on display as well as thousands of additional American artifacts.
Day 2: Start out today with a visit to Chester County Art Association in the heart of the county seat - West Chester. Founded in 1931 by several prominent artists (including N.C. Wyeth), this
community - minded organization promotes the arts with exhibitions, classes, events and outreach. A satellite facility at the Exton Square Mall (Exton Square Studio) is a unique space for both retail and education
that is not to be missed.
Day 3: Wharton Esherick (the "Dean of American craftsmen") was a sculptor who worked primarily in wood, molding furniture, interiors and buildings - creating sculptural environments. His work can be seen today in the
collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Whitney Museum in New York, and many others. His hilltop studio/residence, in Paoli, Pennsylvania, remains one of his most creative endeavors.
The studio is a National Historic Landmark for Architecture and became the Wharton Esherick Museum in 1972 featuring more than 200 of his works on exhibition; it is open to the public for guided tours by appointment.
A visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is in order to view more of Wharton Esherick's works plus so much more. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of largest and finest museums in the nation. Spend the rest of the day
exploring renowned collections and acclaimed special exhibitions. The Museum is home to over 225,000 objects spanning centuries of creative achievements.