Museum List

Our east coast location places us in one of the world's richest cultural settings. We are fortunate in having easy access to many extraordinary museums, all within easy reach-- most are only an hour or two away by car. Take advantage of these rich resources. Learn about them now, and enjoy them throughout your life.

View into the Pre-Columbian gold collection at the Met, one of the greatest museums in the world.

Check museum web sites before you visit--click on the links below that take you there. Check for hours, directions and special shows.  Use web sites to find out if student ID's will earn you lower admission fees, and learn about rules for photography or use of art materials for sketching on site before you visit.

BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM--Chadds Ford, PA on Rte. 1 south of Rte. 100 in Chadds Ford.  Call 610-388-2700.  Open daily 9:30-4:30.  Student rate with ID.  Works of the Wyeths and American illustrators.  Make sketches; BRM does not allow photographs.

NEW JERSEY STATE MUSEUM, 205 West State St., Trenton. Call 609-292-6308.  Open Tues.-Sat. 9-4:45; Sun. noon to 3.  FREE.  American art, Indian artifacts, photos. Under construction until 2006!!! Call before visiting.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM--UP, 3260 South St., Philly.  Open Tues.-Sat. 10-4:30; Sun. 1-5.  Student rates with ID. Call 215-898-4000. Highly recommended for ancient (esp. Egypt) & non-western (e.g., African, Am. Indian).

GLENCAIRN MUSEUM--1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn, PA. 215-938-2600.  Limited hours, student rates.  Medieval works, art and religion. Guided tours Mon.-Fri.,

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART--26th and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy..  Open Tues.-Sun. 10-5 and until 8:45 Wed. & Fri. Student rate with ID.  Discount Sundays.  Call 215-763-8100 (215-684-7500 for events).  Excellent general collection.  No flash, pens or large sketch pads.

RODIN MUSEUM--A short walk from the PMA on 22nd St. and  Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.  For info, call PMA.  Tues.-Sun. 10-5.  Donations expected.  A wonderful, informal museum with a superior collection of works by Rodin. Gates of Hell & Thinker outside.

THE BARNES FOUNDATION--300 North Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA. 610-667-0290. Thurs. 12:30 to 5; Fri. to Sun. 9:30-5.  Impressionists, Post-Impressionsim and Modern, African Art, influence of African on Modern art. Get reservations online.

FORT DIX MUSEUM--For info, call 562-6983. (Mr. Zimmerman, Curator) or 562-1011 (Fort Dix info). A military history museum with many WWI and WWII posters. Military ID still required. Be sure you can access base before going.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART--Washington, DC. Fourth St., between the mall and Constitution Ave., NW.  Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-5; Sun., 11-6.  Call 202-737-4215.  FREE.  Good general collection, good Byzantine and Renaissance works.

HIRSHHORN--Independence Ave. at 7th St. SW in D.C.  Daily 10 to 5:30.  Ph. 202-357-3091.  Nice modern collection, great sculpture garden.  FREE. Smithsonian.

FREER GALLERY OF ART--Jefferson Dr. at 12th St. SW in D.C. and the ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY at 1050 Independence Ave., SW.  A short walk from the Nat'l Gallery.  Open 10 to 5:30 daily.  FREE.  Call 202-357-3200 or check . Good Asian collection.  Both part of Smithsonian.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART--Attached to Freer.  Traditional and contemporary art of Africa.  Daily 10-5:30.  FREE. Call 202-357-4600.

THE ART MUSEUM, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY--Princeton, NJ. Open Tues.-sun. 10-5; Sun. 1-5. At the center of campus next to Prospect Gardens. Ancient, Medieval, Durer wood block, Impressionists, Mesoamerican, China.  Donation. For info, 609-258-3788 or

PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS--Broad & Cherry., Philly. 215-972-7600.  Open daily until 5.  Student admission with ID. American art, colonial to modern.

AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL MUSEUM, 701 Arch St., Philly. 215-574-0380.  Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-6.  Cultural artifacts, works of major black artists.

GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE—18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton (near Trenton). Tues.-Sun. 10-9. 609-586-0616.  Contemporary sculpture in 22-acre park. Abakanowicz, Witkin, Segal, J. Seward Johnson.  Fun and interactive. Take friends/family.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART--Fifth Ave. at 82nd. in NYC.  Open Tues.-Sun. 9:30-5:15; Fri. & Sat 9:30-9.  Call 212-879-5500.  Student rates with ID.  Highly recommended. The Met is one of the world’s best museums.

CLOISTERS--Branch of the Met, devoted to Medieval Art. In Fort Tyron Park, northern part of Manhattan.  Worth the trip.  215-923-3700. See Met web site above.

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART--11 West 53rd St., NYC.  Open daily 11-6 except Wed .
Call 212-708-9400.  Student rates.  Wonderful collection of  “classic” modern, e.g., Starry Night. Manhattan site closed for expansion until 2005.  See Moma Queens.

GUGGENHEIM--1071 Fifth Ave. near the Met. Call 212-423-3500.  Sun-Wed. 9-6, Fri & Sat. 9-8. Student rates.  Modern art, marvelous building by Frank Lloyd Wright..

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART--945 Madison Ave. at 75th, 212-570-3676. Near the Met. American: O’Keeffe, Hopper, Hanson. Great building by Marcel Breuer.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY—1114 Ave. of Americas at 43rd. 212-857-0001. Good shows, programs and workshops on photography and its role in history.  Highly recommended for anyone who likes photography.

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY--Central Park West at 79th St., NYC.  Call 212-769-5100.  Nice American Indian works.

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART--Charles and 32nd., Baltimore.  Strong 19th & 20th century art, good non-western. Great Matisse collection. Wed.-Fri. 11-5, Sat./Sun. 11-6.  Student rates. Call 410-396-7100.  

WALTERS ART GALLERY--600 N. Charles, Baltimore.  Student rates. Open ‘til 5 daily except Monday.  Call 410-547-9000.  Good for Art History students for ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Buddhist.  Great Cycladic figure. Good restaurants, great city.

DELAWARE ART MUSEUM--2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilmington.  302-571-9590. American illustrators, Brandywine school (Wyeth), American and modern.

JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM, Doylestown, PA.  Local artists and special shows, including photography. 215-340-9800.  


WARNING!!!  Hours and fees often change. Check by internet before going to a museum.  If you find a change, please let me know so I can update the list. Thanks for the help.

And, if you need directions, check the museum web site. Don’t ask the Art History teacher: The last student who followed her directions is still trying to raise bus fare out of Cleveland.

BCC photo

My Friend Ron, by David Homer, Black & White Photo.
BCC permanent collection.

updated 7/5/04

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