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Art Centers and Museums

 

Carspecken-Scott Gallery

1707 N. Lincoln St. |  Wilmington |  655-7173 | www.carspeckenscott.com 
Exhibits works by contemporary Mid-Atlantic artists.

 

Center for the Creative Arts

410 Upper Snuff Mill Row | Yorklyn | 239-2434  | www.ccarts.org 
This community arts center is devoted to art enrichment.

 

Christina Cultural Arts Center 

705 N. Market St. | Wilmington | 652-0101 www.ccacde.org 
A community school of music, dance, visual arts and wellness in the heart of downtown Wilmington.

 

Delaware College of Art and Design

600 N. Market St. | Wilmington 622-8000 | www.dcad.edu 
DCAD mounts curated exhibits in its Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery and offers a variety of continuing education classes. 

 

Delaware Art Museum 

2301 Kentmere Pkwy. Wilmington 571-9590 | www.delart.org
In addition to its famous Pre-Raphaelite collection, the museum houses works by N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Howard Pyle and Edward Hopper, as well as the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden. 

 

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

200 S. Madison St. Wilmington | 656-6466 | www.thedcca.org 
Seven galleries and several artist studios bring a variety of contemporary art through 30 annual exhibitions.

 

Delaware Children’s Museum

550 Justison St. Wilmington 654-2340 | www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org 
The museum 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 | 577-8278 www.artsdel.org 
This state-run gallery exhibits local artists at the mezzanine level of the Carvel State Office Building.

 

Delaware Museum of Natural History 

4840 Kennett Pike | Wilmington 658-9111 | www.delmnh.org 
Dinosaurs, birds and other interesting natural resources share space with an impressive collection of seashells. 

 

Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame

801 Shipyard Drive Wilmington | 425-3263 www.desports.org
Find the best Delaware athletes from throughout the decades at this shrine adjacent to Frawley Stadium. 

 

Fort Delaware

Pea Patch Island | Delaware City 834-7941 www.destateparks.com 
This fort on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River shows what life was like as a prisoner during the Civil War. 

 

Gallery 919 Market  

919 N. Market St. Wilmington | 655-7173 
The gallery hosts works by regional artists. Shows change every couple of months.

 

Gilbert W. Perry Jr. Center for the Arts

51 W. Main St. | Middletown | 449-5396 www.thegibby.com 
Houses the Hudson Contemporary Gallery and Guild by Association Shoppe.

 

Hagley Museum and Library 

201 Hagley Creek Road | Greenville 658-2400 | www.hagley.org 
See the machinery of the original DuPont gunpowder mills and visit the du Pont ancestral home on the Brandywine. 

 

Hardcastle Galleries 

5714 Kennett Pike Centreville 655-5230; 212 E. Main St. | Suite 112 | Newark | 738-5003 | www.hardcastlegallery.com 
Specializes in displaying the work of artists in the school of painting originated by Howard Pyle.

 

Historic Houses of Odessa

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

 

Iron Hill Museum

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

 

Kalmar Nyckel 

1124 E. Seventh St. Wilmington 429-7447 | www.kalmarnyckel.org 
Tours and sails aboard the replica Swedish ship that brought the first settlers to Delaware. 

 

Nemours Mansion & Gardens

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

 

Newark Arts Alliance 

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

 

New Castle Court House Museum

211 Delaware St. New Castle | 323-4453 | www.history.delaware.gov/museums 
Learn how our three counties formed Delaware.

 

New Castle Historical Society

2 E. Fourth St. | New Castle 322-2794 www.newcastlehistory.org 
Documentation of the area’s homes and buildings and tours of the Amstel House and Dutch House.

 

New Wilmington Art Association

www.thenwaa.org 
Supports new and emerging artists. Exhibits are staged across the city.

 

Pencader Heritage Museum

2029 Sunset Lake Road | Newark | 737-5859 www.pencaderheritage.org 
A free museum telling the history and heritage of Pencader Hundred and the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, site of Delaware’s only Revolutionary War battle.

 

Rockwood Museum 

610 Shipley Road Wilmington | 761-4340 | www.rockwood.org 
This 72-acre Victorian English Gothic country estate features original furnishings, a conservatory and garden. 

 

Somerville Manning Gallery

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

 

The Station Gallery

3922 Kennett Pike Greenville | 654-8638 www.stationgallery.net 
The gallery showcases the best artists of the Brandywine Valley. 

 

Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery

Delaware College of Art and Design | 600 N. Market St. Wilmington 622-8000 | www.dcad.edu 
The gallery mounts exhibitions of students, faculty and curated shows. 

 

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 and faculty, as well as the Mineralogical Museum, 255 Academy St., which houses a collection of minerals. 

 

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

5105 Kennett Pike | Wilmington | 888-4600 | www.winterthur.org 
The former home of Henry Francis du Pont is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with 175 rooms plus galleries.

 

Art Centers and Museums in Nearby Pennsylvania

 

Brandywine River Museum of Art

1 Hoffman’s Mill Road | Chadds Ford, Pa. | (610) 388-2700 | www.brandywinemuseum.org
Displays Wyeth family paintings and illustrations, plus works by illustrators Frank Schoonover, Howard Pyle and Maxfield Parrish.

 

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road | Kennett Square, Pa. | (610) 388-1000 | www.longwoodgardens.org
This horticulturalist’s paradise features acres of formal gardens, plus a conservatory of rare plants. Seasonal displays and events are highlights of the year. Longwood also hosts music, theater and dance performances.

 

Dance

 

Brandywine Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

1812 Marsh Road | #419, 593-3277 | www.brandywinecenterfordance.com 
Students perform in ballets, including a full-length winter ballet, and other styles of dance.

 

Delaware Dance Company

168 S. Main St., Ste. 101 | Newark | 738-2023 www.delawaredancecompany.org 
Focuses on education and performance at area venues and outreach.

 

First State Ballet Theatre

818 N. Market St. | Wilmington | 658-7897, ext. 3851 | www.firststateballet.com 
Presents major ballets choreographed by internationally recognized talent who specialize in classical Russian technique.

 

Mid-Atlantic Ballet

104 E. Main St. | Newark | 266-6362 | www.midatlanticballet.org 
The nonprofit ballet school presents two productions a season at UD.

 

Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance

1709 Gilpin Ave. | Wilmington | 655-1004 | www.wilmingtonballet.org 
Showcasing locally trained dancers and world-class artists in classical ballet and contemporary works.

 

Film

 

Theatre N

1007 N. Orange St. | Wilmington | 576-2565 | www.theatren.org 
Independent theater offers films by emerging talent and first-run movies.

 

WilmFilm Festival

690-5555 | www.wilmfilm.com 
Great independent, socially conscious and local-interest films are shown in partnership with local nonprofits and businesses.

 

Music

 

Ardensingers

Arden Gild Hall | 2126 The Highway | Arden | www.ardensingers.org 
This chorus performs Gilbert and Sullivan musicals at Arden Gild Hall.

 

The Arts at Trinity

Trinity Episcopal Church | 1108 N. Adams St. | Wilmington | 652-8605 | www.theartsattrinity.org 
Free arts and culture series in Wilmington featuring chamber and choral music, theater and spoken-word performances.

 

Brandywine Baroque

The Barn at Flintwoods | 205 Center Meeting Road | Wilmington | (877)594-4546 | www.brandywinebaroque.org 
The region’s premiere Early Music ensemble, performing on antique instruments.

 

The Brandywiners Chorale

P.O. Box 248 | Montchanin | 478-3355 | www.brandywiners.org 
In addition to a large annual musical, the group gives benefit concerts across the region.

 

Chorus of the Brandywine

410 Upper Snuff Mill Row | Yorklyn | www.chorusofthebrandywine.com 
The local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

 

CoroAllegro

P.O. Box 63 | Montchanin | 658-6915 | www.coroallegro.com 
This group is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence in small ensemble singing.

 

Delaware Chamber Music Festival

4101 Washington St. | Wilmington | 422-0572 | www.dcmf.org 
Quality, affordable performances featuring traditional and contemporary classical music.

 

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

818 N. Market St. | Wilmington | 656-7442 | www.delawaresymphony.org 
The symphony offers a five-program Classics Concert Series, a Chamber Concert Series of four concerts and appearances by internationally acclaimed musicians.

 

Delaware ChoralArts

P.O. Box 4623 | Greenville | 740-2410 | www.delawarechoralarts.org 
Performs major works of choral literature in a four-concert season.

 

Dickinson Theatre Organ Society

1801 Milltown Road | Wilmington | 995-5630 | www.dtoskimball.org 
Presents several concerts on a traditional Kimball theater organ.

 

Everett Theatre

47 W. Main St. | Middletown | 378-7038 www.everetttheatre.com 
In addition to concerts, it hosts community theater, dance performances and films.

 

Market Street Music

First & Central Presbyterian Church | 1101 Market St. | Wilmington | 654-5371, ext. 110 | www.marketstreetmusicde.org 
Presents two concert series and sponsors two performing choirs in Northern Delaware.

 

First State Symphonic Band

Newark | 454-1939 | www.firststatesymphonicband.com 
This group of talented amateurs performs light classics, marches and show tunes at various locations throughout the year.

 

The Grand Opera House

818 N. Market St. | Wilmington | 652-5577 | www.thegrandwilmington.org 
Offers comedians, orchestral performances, opera, dance, traditional and contemporary music, both in the main hall and the baby grand.

 

HildaMan Chorale

P.O. Box 9871 | Wilmington | 897-5988 www.artsdel.org 
A 25-member volunteer chorale performs spirituals and other musical selections.

 

Mélomanie

200 S. Madison St. | Wilmington | 764-6338 | www.melomanie.org 
This chamber ensemble performs early and contemporary works on period instruments, mixing Baroque and modern regional and international composers.

 

The Music School of Delaware

4101 Washington St. | Wilmington | 762-1132 | www.musicschoolofdelaware.org 
Only nationally accredited statewide community music school offering classical, jazz, folk, rock and early childhood instruction. In addition to student recitals, it presents a Music Masters series featuring faculty and heralded guests.

 

New Ark Chorale

P.O. Box 5550 | Newark | 368-4946 | www.newarkchorale.org 
The chorale performs four to six concerts per season.

 

Newark Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 7775 | Newark | 369-3466 | www.newarksymphony.org 
The orchestra and chamber group perform eight concerts a season.

 

OperaDelaware

4 S. Poplar St. | Wilmington | 658-8063 | www.operade.org 
International opera stars and newcomers perform for this stellar organization.

 

Rainbow Chorale of Delaware

P.O. Box 1467 | Wilmington | (888) 512-5093 | www.therainbowchorale.org 
The 60-member group celebrates diversity with concerts and outreach events throughout Delaware.

 

Roselle Center for the Arts

110 Orchard Road | Newark | 831-0039 | www.udel.edu/UMS/performances-events.html 
Houses two theaters that are the center of UD’s performance arts community.

 

Serafin String Quartet

593-8447 | www.serafinquartet.org
The quartet-in-residence at the University of Delaware performs regularly across the state as well as nationally.

 

UD Department of Music

Amstel Avenue and Orchard Road | Newark | 831-2578 | www.music.udel.edu 
The department presents more than 200 performances each year by faculty, students and guest artists.

 

Wilmington Children’s Chorus

800 N. French St. | Wilmington | 762-3637 | www.wilmingtonchildrenschorus.org 
Talented youngsters perform several concerts a year across New Castle County.

 

World Cafe Live at The Queen

The Queen Theatre | 500 N. Market St. | Wilmington | 994-1400 | www.queen.worldcafelive.com 
Hear local and national musical acts.

 

Music in Nearby Pennsylvania

 

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road | Kennett Square, Pa. | (610) 388-1000 | www.longwoodgardens.org 
Hosts several musical performances a year and a summer show by The Brandywiners.

 

Theater

 

AbleArts

P.O. Box 831 | Bear | www.ablearts.org 
Composed of people with and without disabilities, it has performed dance, poetry, comedy and satire for more than 20 years.

 

Bootless Stageworks

1301 N. Broom St. | Wilmington | 887-9300 | www.bootless.org 
Professional theater dedicated to Emerging Artists.

 

The Candlelight Theatre

2208 Millers Road | Ardentown | 475-2313 | www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org 
Iconic dinner theater presents musicals, comedy nights and excellent food.

 

Chapel Street Players

27 N. Chapel St. | Newark | 368-2248 | www.chapelstreetplayers.org 
Performing community theater since 1934.

 

City Theater Company

4 S. Poplar St. | Wilmington | 220-8285 | www.city-theater.org 
Delaware’s off-Broadway theater with interactive experiences of cutting-edge, well-known and original works.

 

Delaware All-State Theatre

P.O. Box 3613 | Greenville | 635-0754 | www.dastonline.org 
See the best of young local actors in an annual musical each June.

 

Delaware Children’s Theatre

1014 Delaware Ave. | Wilmington | 655-1014 | www.dechildrenstheatre.org
Presents five classic children’s productions each season.

 

Delaware Shakespeare Festival

P.O. Box 7567 | Wilmington | 415-3373 | www.delshakes.org 
Watch a Shakespeare play at Rockwood Park for three weeks each July, plus other performances through the year.

 

Delaware Theatre Company

200 Water St. | Wilmington | 594-1100 | www.delawaretheatre.org 
This professional resident company produces classic theater as well as new works.

 

DuPont Theatre

DuPont Building | 1007 N. Market St. | Wilmington | 656-4401 | duponttheatre.com 
Broadway’s best comes to this elegant Victorian theater.

 

UD Resident Ensemble Players

Roselle Center for the Arts | 110 Orchard Road | Newark | 831-2204 | www.rep.udel.edu 
Delaware’s only resident professional acting company.

 

Wilmington Drama League

10 W. Lea Blvd. | Wilmington | 764-1172 | www.wilmingtondramaleague.org 
The community group presents several shows as well as pillow plays for the very young each season. Also, drama instruction for all ages. 

 


Photo by Bob Hickock

​Point-to-Point at Winterthur

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