Biggs Museum of American Art
Established in 1993, the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art Museum houses one of the finest collections of American fine and decorative arts. 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.
Rebecca Raubacher: Drawings and PaintingsThrough October 20
The Great Delaware Pumpkin CarveThrough October 19
Biggs Kids: Building Stories from PhotosNovember 2
Biggs Kids: Holiday Collage CardsDecember 7
Tuesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sundays: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
General Admission: $10.00
Children 12 & under, and students with ID: Free
Active military & family with ID: Free
Companions or care persons of people with disabilities are free
Tour rates and facilities rentals are available; please contact the museum for details.
Driving Directions & Parking
The Biggs Museum of American Art is located in historic, downtown Dover, Delaware. We are conveniently located in Legislative Mall, near US-13 and US Route 1.
The Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Miles to the Biggs Museum
Wilmington, DE: 51 Miles
Rehoboth Beach, DE: 44 Miles
Chestertown, MD: 34 Miles
Salisbury, MD: 57 Miles
Philadelphia, PA: 83 Miles
Baltimore, MD: 103 Miles
Washington, D.C.: 93 Miles
New York, NY: 165 Miles
Directions to the Museum
From Northern Locations (Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, NJ, and NY)
Take I-95 South towards Baltimore. Take Exit 4A (Christiana Mall Road) and merge onto Route 1 South toward Dover. Continue on Route 1 South for approximately 40 miles (tolls). Take exit 98 (Little Creek/Downtown Dover). Turn right onto Little Creek Road/RT 8. Turn left onto US-13 South. Turn Right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Bear right around Legislative Hall and proceed straight through two stops signs. The museum will be ahead at the Federal Street intersection.
From Southern Locations (Delaware Beach Resorts, Sussex County): Take Route 1 North toward Dover. Make slight left at Clapman Road (in Rising Sun). Continue on to South State Street into Downtown Dover. Make right at North Street. Museum will be on your right at the first stop sign.
From Southern Locations (Salisbury, MD, Seaford, DE): Take US-13 North towards Dover. Make left onto South State Street. Make right at North Street. Museum will be on your right at the first stop sign.
From Western Locations via Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Chestertown, MD, Washington D.C., Baltimore): Take US/50 301 and cross Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Continue on US 301. Turn right at MD-300/Sudlersville Road. Turn right at Everetts Corners Road/SR-44 (continue for 10 miles). Turn left at Halltown Road/SR-8 (continue for 7 miles). Follow SR-8 towards Dover. Make Slight Right onto Forrest Avenue/ SR-8. Make right onto Federal Street. Museum will be ahead on your right.
From Western Locations via I-95 (Washington D.C., Baltimore): From I-695 (the Baltimore Beltway), take I-95 North toward New York. Take Exit 4a (Christiana Mall Road) and merge onto Route 1 South toward Dover. Continue on Route 1 South for approximately 40 miles (tolls). Take exit 98 (Little Creek/Downtown Dover). Turn right onto Little Creek Road/RT 8. Turn left onto US-13 South. Turn Right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Bear right around Legislative Hall and proceed straight through two stops signs. The museum will be ahead at the Federal Street intersection. The museum will be ahead.
All major airlines serve Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about an hour from Dover. Other regional and local airports include: New Castle County Airport, Delaware Airpark, and Dover Air Force Base.
Amtrak trains run regularly to Wilmington, DE.
DART runs daily throughout the state of Delaware and in Dover.
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
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