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Art Centers and Museums in New Castle County Delaware


Delaware City

Fort Delaware
Pea Patch Island, Delaware City, 834-7941, destatemuseums.org
This fort on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River shows life as a prisoner during the Civil War.


Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Road, Greenville, 658-2400, hagley.org
See the machinery of the original DuPont gunpowder mills and visit the du Pont ancestral home on the Brandywine. See “100 Years of Picturing the Nation’s Business: Photographs from the Collection of the United States Chamber of Commerce” through Feb. 3.

Hardcastle Gallery
5714 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 655-5230, hardcastlegallery.com
Specializes in displaying the work of artists in the school of painting originated by Howard Pyle.

Somerville Manning Gallery
Breck’s Mill, 101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, 652-0271, somervillemanning.com
Specializing in 20th- and 21st-century fine art and sculpture, including works by Wyeths.

The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-8638, stationgallery.net
For almost 35 years, the gallery has showcased the best artists of the Brandywine Valley.


Gilbert W. Perry Jr. Center for the Arts
51 W. Main St., Middletown, 449-5396, thegibby.com
Houses the Hudson Contemporary Gallery and a Guild Shoppe.

New Castle

New Castle Historical Society
2 E. Fourth St., New Castle, 322-2794, newcastlehistory.org
Documentation of the area’s homes and buildings.

New Castle Court House Museum
211 Delaware St., New Castle, 323-4453, history.delaware.gov/museums
Learn how our three counties formed Delaware.


Iron Hill Museum
1355 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, 368-5703, ironhill-museum.org
The museum focuses on the history of the Iron Hill region.

Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, 266-7266, newarkartsalliance.org
Newark residents display their work. Classes are offered.

Pencader Heritage Museum
2029 Sunset Lake Road, Newark, 737-5859, pencaderheritage.org
Tells the cultural and natural history of Pencader Hundred.

University of Delaware Museums
Newark, 831-8037, www.udel.edu/museums
Includes Mechanical Hall Gallery, 30 N. College Ave., and Old College Gallery, 18 E. Main St., which exhibit shows of major artists, faculty and students.


Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main St., Odessa, 378-4119, historicodessa.org
Admire beautiful examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture.


Carspecken-Scott Gallery
1707 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 655-7173, carspeckenscott.com
Carspecken-Scott has exhibited artwork by contemporary Eastern and Mid-Atlantic artists.

Center for the Creative Arts
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Yorklyn, 239-2434, ccarts.org
This community arts center is devoted to art enrichment.

Christina Cultural Arts Center
705 N. Market St., Wilmington, 652-0101, ccacde.org
The CCAC serves as a professional arts training and education center for people of all cultures.

Delaware College of Art and Design
Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery, 600 N. Market St., Wilmington, 622-8000 dcad.edu
DCAD mounts curated exhibits featuring work of regional and national significance.

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington, 571-9590, delart.org
In addition to its famous Pre-Raphaelite collection, the museum houses Brandywine works by N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Howard Pyle and Edward Hopper, as well as the Copeland Sculpture Garden. “State of the Art: Illustration 100 Years After Howard Pyle” Feb. 9-June 1

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, 656-6466, thedcca.org
Seven galleries and several artist studios bring a variety of contemporary art through 30 annual exhibitions. See “Thresholds” by Benjamin Duke through March 31 and the group exhibition “imPERFECT City” March 1-June 15

Delaware Children’s Museum
550 Justison St., Wilmington, 654-2340, delawarechildrensmuseum.org
The museum on builds imaginative minds through play and informal math-, science- and technology-based learning.

Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St., Wilmington, 577-8283, artsdel.org
This state-run gallery exhibits local artists at the mezzanine level of the Carvel State Office Building.

Delaware History Museum-Historical Society of Delaware
504 Market St., Wilmington, 656-0637, hsd.org
Trace Delaware’s history to the 1600s. The society owns and runs Old Town Hall in Wilmington and the George Read House and Gardens in Old New Castle. The museum houses exhibits of items made, used or collected by Delawareans. See “Delaware Yesterday, Delaware Today,” about the 50 years of Delaware Today magazine, through March 30.

Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 658-9111, delmnh.org
Dinosaurs, birds and other cool natural resources share space with an impressive collection of seashells. See “Glow: Living Lights,” about bioluminescence, Jan. 26-May 27 and “Water’s Extreme Journey” June 15-Sept. 3.

Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame
801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, 425-3263, desports.org
Find the best Delaware athletes from throughout the decades at this shrine in Frawley Stadium.

Gallery 919
919 N. Market St., Wilmington, 229-3266
The gallery hosts works by regional artists. Shows change monthly.

Kalmar Nyckel
1124 E. Seventh St., Wilmington, 429-7447, kalmarnyckel.org
Tour the replica Swedish ship that brought the first settlers to Delaware. The ship summers in Lewes.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens
850 Alapocas Road, Wilmington, 651-6912, nemoursmansion.org
This 300-acre du Pont estate features formal French gardens and a classical French mansion of more than 70 beautifully appointed rooms.

New Wilmington Art Association
Supports new and emerging artists. Exhibits are staged across the city.

Rockwood Museum
610 Shipley Road, Wilmington, 761-4340, rockwood.org
This 70-acre Victorian English Gothic country estate features original furnishings, a conservatory and garden.

Toni and Stuart B. Young Gallery
Delaware College of Art and Design, 600 N. Market St., Wilmington, 622-8000, dcad.edu
The gallery mounts exhibitions of students, faculty and curated shows.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
4832 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, 888-4600, winterthur.org
The former home of Henry Francis du Pont is the premier museum of American decorative arts with 175 rooms and galleries. See “Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience,” a display of rarely seen maps from the Winterthur collection, April 20-Jan. 5.


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