Delaware Art Museum

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2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, United States

It might seem that an institution like a museum is carved in stone, but since its founding in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum has actually changed a great deal. Our Centennial Timeline, installed in the Museum’s Orientation Hallway, is a look at how things were and how they have changed, both here at the Museum and in the community that we serve. To put the Museum’s historical achievements in context, the Timeline mirrors notable Museum milestones with important local and world events.

A century ago, the Museum started life with an original purchase of approximately 100 Howard Pyle paintings. That collection has grown to include 12,000 works of art by great American masters such as Winslow Homer, artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and well-known American illustrators. The Museum’s name and physical space have also changed considerably. Originally called the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and then the Delaware Art Center, the Museum officially became the Delaware Art Museum in the early 1970s. And although we spent decades traveling around—with no permanent gallery space—the Museum now encompasses 80,000 square feet of exhibition and administrative space, four studio art classrooms, and a sprawling 9-acre sculpture park—the first of its kind in the region.

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Guided tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are available for School Groups. These tours are led by trained Docents and are available Tuesday, between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Due to the high demand for guided tours, it is suggested that reservations be made at least four weeks in advance. Minimum 10 students required for guided tours.

Download a PDF of the School & Teacher Programs for 2012-2013. 

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Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum holds a world-renowned collection that focuses on American art and illustration from the 19th century to the present as well as the British Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century.

Guided tours of the Museum’s permanent collection are divided into themes for distinct educational levels. Teachers determine which theme to pursue, and if they wish, they can customize the tour to their specifications (e.g., the works, artists, or styles of art to be presented).  Tours last 60–90 minutes, depending on grade level and the needs of the group.

School Theme Tours meet Delaware Department of Education Curriculum Standards in a variety of subjects, including Visual Arts, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.


Glory of Stories

Glory of Stories introduces children to the Museum through storytelling and hands-on art projects. Following a story reading, Museum guides lead students to select works of art in the collection. Following a tour, children create their own work of art in the Bank of America Studio Wing. This tour option is offered throughout the week by reservation only. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more and limited to 50 children. Chaperone guidelines and admission rates apply to reserved group tours. 

In order to prepare for your visit, see below for a list of tour themes.


Book title

Tour theme

Art project

1 Pirate Girl, by Cornelia Funk Pirates! Pirate Ships
2 The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel S. Pinkwater Originality Imaginative Houses
3 My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss Mood Watercolor and Oil Pastel Resists
4 Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh Artistic Process Mouse Color Palettes



Meet the Museum
This tour is designed to introduce children to the collections of the Delaware Art Museum. Stories, gallery games, and other learning aids are utilized to help young visitors better understand art and art museums.

The Artist’s Language
Learn how the basic elements of design (line, color, shape, and texture) work together as a visual language.

Community and Creativity
Visually connect students to a variety of communities through art. This tour is designed to help children identify what characteristics make up communities by looking at different types of places and people that are depicted in art.

However, after six days…
Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945)
Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Special Purchase Fund, 1920


Face to Face
What can you learn from a portrait? A portrait can tell us a great deal about the life and times of the subject. This tour guides students through the genre of portraiture, discussing various uses of a portrait and how the artist presents the subject using surroundings, clothing, facial expressions, and gesture.

Learning to Look
How can we learn to see more when we look at art? Students explore the Museum’s collections through activities and discussions focused on looking at, thinking about, and responding to works of art.

Painting with Words
In this lesson students build their vocabularies and stretch their imaginations while responding in writing to works of art. Students will enhance their knowledge of literature and hone their own language and writing skills with the creation of poems and stories in the galleries. Ideal for language arts students.

Delaware’s Artistic Heritage
The Brandywine Valley has a rich artistic legacy. This tour focuses on artists from the Brandywine area, including Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and Frank Schoonover. Viewing images that present universal themes and historical events, students will create their own stories in addition to deciphering those of Howard Pyle and his students.


Highlights of the Permanent Collections 
Students will enjoy discussing key works of art highlighting the Delaware Art Museum’s permanent collection.

The History of American Art 
Explore the extraordinary variety and richness of the histories and cultures that make up our country’s past and present.  The nation’s diversity is revealed through discussion of works of art, their themes and styles, and the cultural values they represent.

Contemporary Art and Sculpture 
Students will explore the many diverse art movements and mediums of the twentieth century.

Victorian Life and the Pre-Raphaelites
Who were the Pre-Raphaelites? In 1848, seven young men formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, inspired by the art of medieval times, nature, and a broad range of literary sources. In this tour, students will learn about various Pre-Raphaelite artists, their inspirations, and how their art reflected concern over social problems caused by the Industrial Revolution.


Traveling exhibitions visit the Museum for a limited time period throughout the year. For a list of upcoming temporary exhibitions, click here.


Following your tour, students can create an art project in the Museum’s studio wing. Additional cost: $1 per student. Offering is based on size of group and requested date. Art activities are only available for grades K6. Minimum 10 students and maximum of 50 students required for art activities.




Art Smart student exhibitions are collaborations between the Museum and an area school. Students showcase art they have created in response to touring the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. At this event, students and their families are “VIPs” at the Museum as they view student artwork, take part in gallery activities designed by the school and the Museum’s education staff, and participate in docent-led gallery talks. For information, contact Rebecca Howell, Studio Programs Manager, at


The Delaware Art Museum travels through our region with the popular outreach program, Art Excursions. Art Excursions are held at local libraries, Head Start centers, and public, private, and charter schools. For students in pre-K through grade 5, we seek to introduce each class to the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Program themes include:

Glory of Stories (for pre-K – grade 2)
Meet the Museum
The Artist’s Language
Face to Face
Painting with Words

Presentations last approximately one hour and engage youth in interactive exercises that help them experience art in a personal way, encouraging exploration, discovery, and multiple ways of identifying with a work of art. For more information,

Program Costs:
 $80 (Within 50 miles of Museum), $120 (Beyond 50 miles of Museum)

Additional Information


Schools from any state may apply for a School Tour Grant through the Delaware Art Museum’s Red Apple Fund. These grants help subsidize the cost of a School Tour. If interested, please submit a Red Apple Fund Application form along with the form below.

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Admisson and Location Hours


Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Monday – Tuesday: Closed

Holidays: The Delaware Art Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day


Guided Tour

Each Student: $5.00

Each Chaperone: Free

Chaperon/Student ratio for grades K-3 is 2:10

Chaperon/Student ratio for grades 4-12 is 1:10

Guided Tour with Art Activity

Each Student: $6.00

Each Chaperone: Free

Chaperon/Student ratio for grades K-3 is 2:10

Chaperon/Student ratio for grades 4-12 is 1:10


Bag Lunches may be eaten outdoors on the Museum Terrace if weather permits. Indoor facilities for student lunch are NOT available.


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