Brandywine Valley and Area Museums & Historical Sites

The Brandywine Valley is home to world-class attractions.  You can click on the title in blue for more information and links to their Web sites.
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Longwood Gardens
Pierre du Pont created Longwood Gardens, and people come from all over the US and foreign countries to visit this magnificent attraction set on 1050 acres.  Even in the winter it is worth a visit to their 4-acre under glass conservatory. Be sure to check their web site for information on the fountain shows and concerts. 610-388-1000.
 
Winterthur
The home of Henry Francis du Pont.  His country home has 175 rooms and holds a major collection of early American antiques.  302-888-4600.
 
Hagley Museum
Home of E. I. du Pont Hagley is the first du Pont home in the new world. Eleutherian Mills, built in 1803, is set among 230 acres of trees and flowering shrubs and overlooks the Brandywine River 302-658-2400.
 
Nemours Mansion & Gardens
Nemours, built by A. I. du Pont between 1909-1910 sits on 300 acres and contains 102 rooms. It is a fine example of a modified Louis XVI French chateau. Reservations for tours, which take 2 to 2 1/2 hours, are strongly advised. 302-651-6912.
 
Brandywine River Museum
Also known as the Wyeth Museum because it has paintings by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth.  It also has works by other artists of the Brandywine School of Art such as Howard Pyle and a changing display of other art.  The museum is on the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford. 610-388 2700.American Helicopter Museum
Located in West Chester, PA next to QVC.

The Barnes Foundation

Brandywine Battlefield
Site of the largest battle of the American Revolution.  View Washington’s Headquarters and Lafayette’s Quarters. Site includes museum. Also do the Driving Tour. Allow two or more hours.

Chadds Ford Historical Society

The Mutter Museum – Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103.
Hours of operation:
Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm
Friday, 10am-9pm (10am-5pm during August)
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm
The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24th, December 25th, and January 1st.
Great museum of medical oddities. Items of memorabilia of famous scientists and physicians, and medical illustrations in the form of lantern slides, 35 mm slides, photographs, drawings, and prints. In addition, the College collections include over 160 portraits in oil and other media.

Chester County Historical Society
225 N. High Street, West Chester, PA 19380-2691 Phone: 610. 692.4800.

Delaware Art Museum
Amazing collection of Pre-Raphaelite collection.

Delaware Natural History Museum
Interactive discovery room and special events. Exhibit Highlights include the largest bird egg collection in the World, a view of extinct and vanishing birds and, a spectacular array of seashells.

Read House and Gardens
42 The Strand in Old New Castle, DE. Built in 1801 by the son of one of Delaware’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. Spend a day in Old New Castle, an 18th-century seaport village with cobblestone streets.

Marian Anderson Residence Museum – Philadelphia

Located in a 19th century 3-story house, the modest home was purchased by Ms. Anderson in 1924 and served as her home a place to entertain her friends and other musicians.  Rare photographs, books, and memorabilia are on display.  Click on name above or call 215-779-4219 for more information.