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Reopening on June 20

Reopening on June 20

Brandywine River Museum of Art's entrance in the summertime
We are excited to welcome you back!

The Museum will reopen on Sunday, June 20, 2021

Upon reopening, the Museum’s hours of operation will be Wednesday–Monday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (closed Tuesdays). To ensure the safety, security and quality of the visitor experience, the Brandywine has implemented a variety of procedures, including timed ticketing and capacity limits. We will continue to make updates to our visiting guidelines as we navigate the months ahead. While not required, advance purchasing of timed tickets is highly recommended. Click below to reserve your timed tickets. 

Purchase Tickets 

For questions and more information on purchasing tickets, please read our timed ticketing FAQs. Timed ticketing reservations are not currently required for Brandywine members (click here to become a member). Additional FAQs regarding all safety procedures for reopening can be found below.

During its closure, the Museum underwent several facility renovations to its second and third floors. Upgrades included a complete refurbishment of the restrooms on the second floor, making them fully ADA accessible, as well as switching their current location with the Strawbridge Family Gallery (which will open later this summer), plus new HVAC and fire suppression systems. Opening into the Museum’s central atrium, the reimagined Gallery—complete with new state-of-the-art lighting—will improve circulation within the Museum building, enhancing the visitor experience.

As a reminder, the Brandywine will be extending all memberships for the length of time that the building was closed for these exciting facility upgrades. Updated membership cards will be sent digitally. Please email membership@brandywine.org if you prefer to receive your card in the mail. We can also look up your membership at the Admissions Desk if you do not have it upon arrival.

Not able to join us in person just yet? You can still continue to enjoy our virtual offerings on Brandywine at Home.


Visiting the Museum FAQs

When will the Brandywine River Museum of Art reopen?

The Brandywine will reopen to visitors on June 20, 2021.

What will be the Brandywine’s hours of operation?

Once the Museum reopens, hours of operation will be Wednesday–Monday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

What is the cost of admission?

For 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.

  • Timed ticketing is in effect to limit the number of visitors in the building, as well as capacity limits in the Museum galleries to enforce social distancing.
  • Unless you are fully vaccinated, face masks are required (ages two and older) inside the Museum, as well as outside on campus grounds if individuals cannot maintain proper social distance from others who are not members of their household.
  • Visitors, staff and volunteers are instructed to stay home if they have an elevated body temperature, are feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Enhanced cleaning routines remain in effect and hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the Museum.
  • One-way entry for staircases to limit cross-traffic.
  • Temporary closure of artist studio properties; no guided tours will be offered at this time.

Do I need to wear a face mask during my visit?

Unless you are fully vaccinated, face masks that cover your nose and mouth are required (ages two and older) inside the Museum, as well as outside on campus grounds if individuals cannot maintain proper social distance from others who are not members of their household.

Non-surgical face masks are available for visitors if needed. Please see a visitor services team member upon arrival for assistance. A small selection of decorative cloth face masks featuring works of art from the Brandywine’s collection are also available for sale in the Museum Shop.

Will you be taking my temperature when I arrive at the Museum?

No, however, all visitors are instructed to stay home if they have an elevated body temperature, are feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Do I need to buy my tickets in advance?

The Brandywine has implemented capacity limits and timed ticketing. To ensure ticket availability before arrival and to limit person-to-person contact, we recommend tickets be purchased in advance online or over the phone. Click here to learn more about our timed ticketing procedures.

Can I still purchase a ticket in-person at the Brandywine?

Yes, however the Brandywine has implemented capacity limits and timed ticketing, so we recommend all tickets be purchased in advance in order to ensure that tickets are still available prior to your arrival and to limit person-to-person contact. Pending availability, tickets can be purchased in person at the Brandywine, with credit card payment options preferred. Click here to learn more about our timed ticketing procedures.

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.

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. While the Brandywine has moved to timed tickets to stagger the entry of visitors, 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?

No. At this time, the artist studios will remain closed. We hope to reopen them sometime this fall 2021. Stay tuned for changes or updates to this plan.

What special exhibitions will be on view?

Ralston Crawford: Air & Space & War will be on view June 20-September 19, 2021.

When will in-person programs and events resume?

Currently the Brandywine is offering engaging virtual programs and socially distant in-person programs. As Pennsylvania continues to lift pandemic restrictions, we are working to bring back additional in-person events. Check out all of our upcoming virtual and in-person events.

Will the Museum Shop be open?

Yes, the Museum Shop will remain open the same hours of operation as the Museum—Wednesday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays). Our online shop also remains open.

Will the Millstone Café be open?

Yes, the Millstone Café will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a variety of seasonally inspired and freshly prepared made-to-order and “grab and go” menu options. Everything will be packaged to go, but indoor café seating will be available as well as picnic tables in the Museum’s courtyard and along the riverbank. Check out our menu here.

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. Additional outdoor seating will be available in the Museum courtyard for enjoying food from the Millstone Café.