Your Guide to Art Museums Around the Main Line and Western Suburbs

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The Main Line region is host to a number of art museums and galleries filled with statement works and exhibits.

With the weather cooling down, what better time than now to visit the Main Line area’s beautiful art museums? These cultural centers are a great way to get out of the house and spend an afternoon observing the mastery our region’s local experts have created. With so many towns and cities boasting their own museums, you could spend the whole season touring these fascinating institutions.

Brandywine Museum of Art

1 Hoffmans Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

Open every day of the week but Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Brandywine Museum of Art showcases the works of the prolific Wyeth family, who lived in the area throughout the 20th century. As a converted 19th-century mill, the museum’s southeast wall, made entirely of glass, overlooks the Brandywine Creek below.

Wharton Esherick Museum

1520 Horse Shoe Trl., Malvern

Once the home of the eponymous artist himself, the Wharton Esherick Museum provides a transformative experience through engagements with the handful of exhibits that display art from the famed creator. The museum is comprised of several buildings including Esherick’s former studio, the centerpiece of the museum, as well as his expressionist garage and his 1956 workshop designed in collaboration with Louis Kahn.

Michener Art Museum

138 S Pine St., Doylestown

This private, nonprofit museum is built within the stone walls of a historic 19th-century prison. Unlike many of the other area museums, Michener focus on a wider collection of artists, specifically those from the Bucks County area. With frequent changes to its exhibits that range from internationally recognized shows to local art collectors, you won’t want to miss Michener’s latest showings.

Rose Valley Museum

41 Rose Valley Rd., Media

The history of the Rose Valley Museum travels back through four centuries to the 1790s when it was a simple stone barn. Renovated into studios for artists Charles H. and Alice Barber Stephens in 1904, the building became a haven for artists looking to escape the bustle of Philadelphia in the 20th century.

Berman Museum of Art

601 E Main St., Collegeville

Located on the campus of Ursinus College, this museum also function as a teaching space for local professors. With free admission always available to the public, the museum currently spotlights artist George Anthonisen, with permanent exhibitions on display that feature everything from American folk art to Japanese prints.

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