Reopening the Brandywine

Reopening the Brandywine

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The Brandywine is now open with the return of the Brandywine Railroad holiday train display and highlights from the permanent collection.

Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on Christmas day).

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Visiting the Museum FAQs

When did the Brandywine River Museum of Art reopen?

The Museum reopened on November 26, 2021.

Why was the Brandywine Temporarily Closed?

The Brandywine was been temporarily closed to the public from September 1–November 25, 2021, after the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought historic flooding to Chadds Ford and across the Brandywine’s 15-acre campus. While all of the art in the galleries at the Brandywine River Museum of Art were safe and unharmed by the storm, the Museum’s lowest level—containing a lecture room, classroom, offices and more—had significant flood damage, in addition to nine office and mixed-use buildings on the Brandywine’s campus. Click here to learn more and support our Emergency Flood Relief.

Has the Museum been fully restored after the September 2021 flood? 

No, the Brandywine has assembled a team of experts and skilled craftspeople—from structural and electrical engineers to architects, project managers and workers—to help ready the Museum for its holiday reopening, but there are months of work remaining before the Museum is fully restored to its prior functionality. To help aid the Brandywine in its recovery efforts, please consider a donation to our Emergency Flood Relief.

What are the Brandywine’s hours of operation?

The Brandywine's holiday hours are: open daily, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (11/26/21–1/9/22). Closed Christmas Day.

What is the cost of admission?

Non-members tickets can be purchased in advance for the following prices:

  • $18 adults
  • $15 seniors (65+)
  • $6 students with ID and children ages 6-18
  • Free for children ages five and under and members of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art

What is the Brandywine doing to keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe?

In accordance with state and local regulations and guidance set by the CDC and WHO, the Brandywine is following a variety of safety protocols below. We will continue to make updates to our visiting guidelines as we navigate the months ahead.

  • Enhanced cleaning routines remain in effect and hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the Museum.
  • Brandywine is continuing to follow CDC and PA Department of Health guidance on COVID-19. At this time, neither are requiring visitors to wear face masks while visiting the Museum and its galleries. We ask all visitors to do your part to keep everyone safe by staying home if you feel sick and/or are symptomatic. We will continue to make updates to our visiting guidelines as needed.

Do I need to buy my tickets in advance?

Timed tickets are available for easy entry and to manage capacity limits, but they are not required.

I’m a member. Do I need to reserve tickets in advance?

No. Brandywine members do not need to reserve tickets in advance. Members may continue to visit when they would like. Please have your membership card ready to check in at the Admissions Desk upon arrival.

I have a complimentary pass. Do I need to reserve tickets in advance?

Those with valid complimentary or pre-paid passes to the Brandywine do not need to reserve a timed ticket prior to arrival. Please show your passes to the Visitor Services staff upon entry. Your name, email address and phone number will be required for entry.

Please note: Entry to the Museum is always subject to building capacity. If the Museum is at or nearing capacity, you will be asked to wait until the Museum has room to accommodate new visitors.

I am a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM). Do I need to reserve tickets in advance?

Those with NARM memberships do not need to reserve a timed ticket prior to arrival. Please show your membership card to the Visitor Services staff upon entry. Your name, email address and phone number will be required for entry.

Please note: Entry to the Museum is always subject to building capacity. If the Museum is at or nearing capacity, you will be asked to wait until the Museum has room to accommodate new visitors.

Is there a time limit to my visit?

No, there is not a time limit in place for the duration of your visit. Guests may stay for as long as they like until the Museum closes for the day.

If I arrive after my scheduled entry time, can I still enter the Museum?

Yes, we understand that things do not always go as planned. While we ask that you do your best to arrive at the Museum for your scheduled ticket time, we will still allow ticket holders to enter if they arrive late. The time on your ticket helps our Visitor Services and Security teams to maintain a safe hourly visitor count. Please note, if the Museum is at capacity, ticket holders—regardless of the time on their pass—may be asked to wait until the Museum has room to accommodate new visitors.

Are the artist studio tours open?

The N. C. Wyeth House & Studio, Andrew Wyeth Studio, and Kuerner Farm are closed for the season. Virtual tours of the N. C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth Studios can be viewed here (virtual tours are best when viewed on a computer).

Have your in-person programs and events resumed yet?

Yes. Currently the Brandywine is offering both engaging virtual programs as well as in-person programs with smaller capacity limits. As Pennsylvania continues to lift pandemic restrictions, we will continue to bring back additional in-person events. Check out all of our upcoming virtual and in-person events.

Is the Museum Shop open?

Yes, the Museum Shop is open the same hours of operation as the Museum. Admission to the Museum is not required to visit the Shop. Our online shop also remains open.

Is the Millstone Café open?

Yes, the Millstone Café is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a limited offering of snacks and refreshments. At this time, everything will be packaged to go, but indoor café seating is available.

Is seating still available inside the Museum’s galleries and atrium?

Yes, limited and spaced-out seating areas will be available throughout the Museum and cleaned frequently.