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Biggs Museum of American Art

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Address: 406 Federal St, Dover, DE 19901-3615
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+1 302-674-2111
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Sun 13:30 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

This museum, named after a local art collector, features American painting...

This museum, named after a local art collector, features American painting and crafts from Colonial portraiture to 20th-century Impressionism, with a special focus on the work of local artists from the Colonial and Federal periods.

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If Mr. Biggs could see it today...

I don't think he'd like it. The museum exhibits a collection that Sewell C. Biggs took lifetime to build: finest silverware created in Delaware and several examples of fine... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Oliver S
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 907 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I don't think he'd like it. The museum exhibits a collection that Sewell C. Biggs took lifetime to build: finest silverware created in Delaware and several examples of fine American Furniture are the bulk of the collection. The upper floors have also some American paintings from the Impressionist school and Hudson School of Art. Unfortunately for anybody who dislikes modern... More 

Thank Oliver S
Dover, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Biggs has a beautiful mix of art, furniture, history, etc. Sewell Biggs did a wonderful job of preserving a rich history for the people of Delaware.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had little time to visit before it closed, but we will definitely return. It's not overwhelmingly large. You can visit leisurely and not feel you have missed most of it. We enjoyed the American furniture exhibits. It was instructional to compare and contrast the various styles and periods. As the museum was closing, we looked very briefly at the... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This is more than a museum. It is also an integral of Dover life. It offers its space to local groups which aid the growth of Dover as well as prized art pieces from local artists as well as national. There is always a friendly helping hand to make your visit enjoyable.

Thank TreaterJim
Goodletttsville, TN
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

3 floors of art, furniture, silver, etc with explanations about the periods covered in American history.

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Dover, Delaware
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I went to a showing of the illuminated books of the Bible and was fascinated by the quality of the work displayed as well as the manner in which the art work was presented. The staff were very knowledgeable about the items.

Thank snowigo
Dover, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Very well managed museum, featuring local and regional art. Many fundraising events are held here. Three floors of interesting art and artifacts and furniture. Gift shop holds some unusual local crafters, scarves, jewelry and pottery to mention a few. Sundays are free admission, perfect afternoon getaway.

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5 reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016

wide variety of styles of art, antique furniture and artifacts. small craft section for children, Free admission for certain events, a definite to see for all when free..Must appreciate art to pay regular entrance fee, a little high

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Built around the private collection of the late Sewell Biggs, the museum houses his collection of American art and hosts changing temporary exhibitions. Mr. Biggs had a keen eye and purchased gem-like examples of 18th and 19th century American art. Combining the fine and decorative arts with an emphasis on work of the Delaware Valley, the Biggs Collection is a... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

For little Dover, this is an awesome museum! There are three floors and you can spend over an hour browsing through the art. I went when they had the Maurice Sendak exhibit and I was very impressed. I love the bird and tree display they have in front of the museum. They also had exhibits of local photographers from a... More 

Thank Lily M

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