For more than 70 years, the Kuerner Farm was a major source of inspiration to Andrew Wyeth. In the people, the early 19th-century farmhouse and the red barn that dominates the property, Wyeth found intriguing subjects for hundreds of tempera paintings, watercolors and drawings.
Wyeth discovered Karl and Anna Kuerner’s farm on one of his boyhood walks. The Kuerners, German immigrants who settled in Chadds Ford after World War I, fascinated the artist. Over time, he developed a complex relationship with the family and the farmscape, aspects of which he explored in many of his best-known works of art.
Thanks in large part to the philanthropic spirit of Karl Kuerner, Jr., and his family, the Brandywine River Museum of Art acquired the Kuerner Farm in 1999. Located ten minutes from the museum, the Kuerner house (now unfurnished) and farm evoke a remarkable artistic legacy.
Referencing reproductions of the artist’s work, docent-led tours to the Kuerner Farm provide an in-depth study of the major paintings in Wyeth’s oeuvre that depict Kuerner farm subjects, contrasting the artist’s compositions with actual sites on the property. The tour includes the farmhouse and barn, and significantly expands a visitor’s understanding of Andrew Wyeth’s creative process. Tours depart from the museum via shuttle on the schedule listed below.
The Kuerner Farm is a National Historic Landmark.
Tours take place April 1–November 22, 2020, and last approximately one hour. Children under age six are not permitted on the tours.
Tickets cost $5 per person in addition to regular museum admission, free to members of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. Tickets must be purchased online or at the Museum admission desk.
For group reservations only, please call 610.388.8333 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: if you wish to use a coupon or voucher for free or discounted admission to the Brandywine River Museum of Art (*e.g., AAA or other similar offer), tickets cannot be purchased in advance. Please purchase your tickets at the admissions desk on the day of your visit. For questions about tickets, please call 610.388.8326 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Transportation to the Kuerner Farm is by Brandywine River Museum of Art shuttle bus only.
Please note: shuttles depart from the museum promptly at the time noted on the ticket. Visitors should board the shuttle 10 minutes before their scheduled departure time.
The Kuerner Farm tour is not wheelchair accessible.