Hagley Museum's Patent Model Collection Travels to China

The 'Spirit of Invention' exhibition, currently on display at Tsinghua University in Beijing, aims to inspire young entrepreneurs—no easy task in a country still bound by the principles of communism.


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Hagley executive director David Cole is excited about the Chinese exhibition’s potential to tell America’s story.//Carlos Alejandro

 

In 1866, Albert H. Kennedy, an 18-year-old farm boy in Medina County, Ohio, patented a design for power-driven sheep shears. In his design, turning a crank compressed a spring which, when released, drove the clippers. As required by the U.S. Patent Office, Kennedy submitted a small model that demonstrated how it functioned.

Kennedy died in 1940, and his device has been obsolete still longer. But, next year, both will find a new relevance on the other side of the world. Kennedy’s wood-and-brass model, which he may well have made on his parents’ kitchen table, will be among several dozen from Hagley Museum’s collection of 5,000 mostly 19th-century models to tour China in what will be billed as the “Spirit of Invention” exhibition, opening in April at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

In a way, though, Kennedy himself will be on tour.

“The Chinese government is very keen to have an economy that is inventive,” says David Cole, executive director of Hagley Museum. “They want to grow their own group of inventors, in part by showing that ordinary people can be incredibly inventive and entrepreneurial.”

There is a solid reason for this: Entrepreneurialism is where the money is.

In 2000, revenues for state-owned and private companies in China were about even—about 4 trillion yuan in each category. By 2013, revenues of state-owned enterprises had grown 600 percent. The revenue of private companies, meanwhile, was up 1,800 percent. The increase in profitability was even more dramatic: 700 percent vs. 2,300 percent.

Naturally, the Chinese are now all about entrepreneurship. That involves both teaching it as a specific skill and making it acceptable in a country in which it is not part of the culture. As recently as 40 years ago, owning private property in China was a crime.

Beginning in 1966, Mao Zedong, then chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, led a decade-long purge to rid China of its last vestiges of capitalism. In the so-called Cultural Revolution, private property was seized and the population organized into collective enterprises. Many of these collectives were assigned to produce a single commodity—for example, steel—but then failed to meet their goals. This experiment with communist “fundamentalism” ended with Mao’s death.

The leaders then cast aside ideology and did what they believed was right for the people, according to Bonan Lin, a Chinese patent attorney. To attract foreign investment, China established a patent system in the late 1970s, and has since modified it several times. Yet China is still reconciling itself to the idea of allowing an individual or company to have monopolistic rights to an invention. Such rights are the very essence of private property.

In the past, Bonan told the Pacific Intellectual Property Association in 2004, “scientists were educated free of charge by the state, and in fact all scientists were working for the government or state-owned firms. There was no reason to grant monopoly power to the inventors, and thus having to pay royalty for something that the state had already paid for.”

Changing that sort of thinking takes time, and it has focused heavily on the young. In 2001, nine Chinese universities launched programs in entrepreneurial education. As of 2016, China has graduated 7.65 million students from these programs, which have been required from all universities since 2015. A government report called mass entrepreneurship and innovation the “twin engines to upgrade industries.”

Yet Chinese experts have been dissatisfied with the results. In a recent report on the state of entrepreneurial education, Jiehua Huang, psychology professor at Guangzhou University, says curricula were underdeveloped, faculty inexperienced and support programs—internships, for example—too few. Then there’s the culture.

“China’s cultural tradition advocates academic excellence to obtain respect and job security,” says Jiehua. “Unlike their counterparts from other cultures, Chinese students do not fully benefit from entrepreneurship courses that encourage innovation since they place less importance on creativity and have a general risk-avoidance mindset.”

Enter Albert Kennedy, whose story—along with those of the other models’ inventors—may encourage a different mindset in some exhibit-goers, says Ma Sai, associate professor in the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University. Ma curated the exhibition.

Kennedy knew sheep, and his invention was undoubtedly the result of having sheared many of the squirming creatures by hand. His father, William, had moved to northern Ohio in 1838 and—after the wolves were exterminated—went on to be one of Medina County’s largest sheep farmers, as well as an active citizen. William Kennedy was a justice of the peace and county commissioner. According to a history of Medina County, the senior Kennedy’s own father, John, a Revolutionary soldier, had driven the ox-drawn carts that carried hay bales to the top of Bunker Hill, where they were used to build fortifications.

Inheriting the can-do spirit, Kennedy seems to have spent much of his life as an educator, with other ventures on the side. In 1881, he patented a set of mensuration blocks—hinged wooden blocks that assemble into spheres, cylinders and other geometric shapes—to demonstrate principles of volume. At the turn of the 20th century, he was superintendent of schools in Rockport, Indiana, where he was a vigorous advocate for building a railroad bridge across the Ohio River. In 1920, he was proprietor of the town’s waterworks. A local history called Kennedy “The Wizard of Spencer County.”

The inventors of Hagley’s other models had greater or lesser trajectories. George H. Corliss (1817-1888) of Providence, Rhode Island, first stepped into the limelight in 1837 when, at the age of 20, he organized the reconstruction of a local bridge washed out by a flood. Corliss later patented a machine for sewing boots, shoes and heavy leather, then went on to develop the Corliss Steam Engine, whose efficiency made steam power more economical than water power. Corliss’ engine won first prize at the 1867 World’s Fair in Paris. Hagley’s “Spirit of Invention” tour will include Corliss’ 1877 patent model for a gear-cutting machine.

Then, in Troy, New York, there was Samuel S.B. Lewis, a bookkeeper for the American Safe Steam Co., and his partner, William H. Sterling, who, in 1871, patented a “burglar-proof safe.” Their venture seems to have gone precisely nowhere. Which, of course, is also part of the story.

“Hagley’s exhibits (will) enable Chinese people to better understand American innovative culture and spirit 200 years ago, so as to inspire enthusiasm for innovation and creation,” Ma says. “The collections of Hagley Museum are very rich, and we hope that this exhibition is only a start.”

There was some serendipity in putting all this together, but also some entrepreneurship on the part of Cole, who came to Hagley in 2013 with “a strong urge to share all that Hagley has to offer”—a diplomatic way of saying that, despite a rich collection (more than 50,000 objects) documenting the history of American business and technology, the museum remains a bit obscure. In 2012, the total number of visitors to Hagley was about 55,000. Nearby Longwood Gardens, another DuPont-founded treasure—drew 1.3 million in 2016.

Nonprofits thrive on partnerships, so part of the formula for success is simple: Cooperating on projects is less expensive for all concerned, and it offers opportunities to introduce an organization to a new audience. Since Cole arrived, therefore, he has become a warrior for the cause.

In 2016, Cole was at the Smithsonian for a talk about Hagley’s recently (2015) acquired Rothschild Collection of patent models. Over 25 years, Alan Rothschild, a medical devices entrepreneur, and his wife, Ann, had acquired the world’s largest collection—about 4,000 models. The Rothschilds’ gift to Hagley joined about a thousand models already in the museum’s collection.

Such models were once the property of the U.S. Patent Office, but devastating fires in 1836 and 1877 destroyed or damaged more than 100,000 of them. In 1893, the surviving models were put in storage. Then, in the early 20th century, the U.S. Commerce Department decided to get rid of them all. Some were returned to their inventors or their survivors. About 10,000 went to the Smithsonian. The rest were sold at auction.

“So there I was at the Smithsonian about a year ago, lecturing on patent models,” Cole says. “And afterward a woman comes up to me and says that we should send our models to China.”

Outlandish idea? Not really. That woman, Rose Chen, says Cole “lit up.”

Chen, a native of Taiwan, knows people. President of the Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding, Chen has made it her lifework to find and create opportunities for Chinese and Americans to speak to each other in ways that foster peace.

“There is a lot of misinformation about China in the United States,” she says, noting that the reverse is also true. “I was afraid that if we continue on this path, maybe someday because of misunderstanding or the cultural clashes, we will find a collision. And I certainly didn’t want it to happen.”

That dread came to a peak on Sept. 11, 2001. Chen’s son worked in that section of the Pentagon struck by a hijacked airliner. Fortunately, he was out that week with the flu. But, Chen says, “it was still too close.”

In the years since, the Rose Group has facilitated exchange programs between U.S. and Chinese journalism schools, taken winners from its annual short-film competition to China and launched ChinaFest, a weeklong festival—now in its 13th year—of Chinese film, arts and other cultural events held each year in Richmond, Virginia.

Until Chen heard Cole speak, she had never heard of Hagley.

“I was just amazed,” she says. “I had no idea of the entrepreneurship of just regular folks.” Knowing of China’s interest in encouraging entrepreneurs, “a light bulb went on.”

Chen called the cultural attaché at China’s Washington embassy. The attaché suggested partnering with Tsinghua University.

“I thought Tsinghua would present a good opportunity to engage legal experts, American chambers of commerce and the embassies,” says Chen. “It also has a law school and is a very prestigious university.” Cole agreed. He notes that Tsinghua—“the MIT of China”—is the university from which much of China’s current leadership graduated.

The attaché then called Tsinghua’s director of foreign affairs, who in turn called Chen. Introductions were made. Chen and Cole visited China, touring the Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Shenzhen centers where the exhibition will appear.

“I nodded a lot,” says Cole, who does not speak Chinese. “But the Chinese were excellent with translations. They want to get every nuance of meaning.” Tsinghua then sent a delegation of 25 deans, faculty and top graduate students to choose models for the exhibit.

“The idea was to have a brainstorming session,” says Cole. “We’re co-curating the show, so each side chose half the models.” Sixty were selected. Hagley supplied background information such as the inventors’ patent applications and whatever biographical information exists about them. Students and faculty with Tsinghua’s school of art and design designed the exhibit.

“They have complete creative license to build an environment for our artifacts that will bring them to life,” says Cole. Hagley’s Chinese partners are expecting a total audience of more than 1 million—a lot by Delaware standards.

Cole is gung-ho about the exhibition’s potential to tell America’s story.

“This exhibit has two messages,” he says. “One, the protection of intellectual property was a key ingredient in America’s industrial and economic success. Two, anyone can invent. We think of famous names, but the reality is that the vast majority of inventions were produced by people no one ever heard of, people who saw a problem, a way to make some money and a way to contribute. If the audience in China comes away with nothing more than those messages, we will have done our jobs.”

And Albert Kennedy will have done his.

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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It's Summer, it's Seafood, it's Harry's! Our annual summer lobster special runs Memorial Day through Labor Day and features a 1.5 whole Maine lobster shipped directly to us from Maine.  Join us...

Cost: 32.95

Where:
Harry's Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Harry's Savoy Grill
Telephone: 302-475-3000
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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While reading a book of stories, young Alice falls asleep. Her dream carries her into the pages of her storybook where she meets a chessboard knight, a cool cat, a running rabbit and an egg with an...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Rudyard Kipling’s fantastic tale of the boy who is raised by friendly animals is set in the Indian jungle. With the help of Baloo, the dependable bear, and Bagheera, the loyal panther, the...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
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Wednesdays at The Whist Every Wednesday in July and August beginning July 3 Now is your chance to experience exceptional cuisine at The University and Whist Club, located at the historic...

Cost: $8-$42

Where:
The University & Whist Club
805 N. Broom St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 658-5125
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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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At Bike & Hike & Brews, Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, visitors can stroll, jog, or bike through areas of Hagley's property normally closed to foot traffic from 5:00-8:00pm....

Cost: Admission is $3 per person, and free for members and children five and under. P

Where:
Hagley
200 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Kelsey Sedlacek
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Join us for a free, comprehensive seminar to learn if weight-loss surgery is right for you. You will have the opportunity to meet a bariatric surgeon and our Coordinator to answer your questions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Medical Center
537 Stanton-Christiana Road, Suite 103
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Saint Francis Healthcare
Telephone: 302-421-4221
Contact Name: Maryellen Sparks

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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

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Colonel Carla Riner presently serves as the Commander of the 166th Airlift Wing in New Castle, Delaware. She previously served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Adjutant General for...

Cost: $35 DSCC Members / $45 Future Members

Where:
University & Whist Club
805 North Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 302-576-6564
Contact Name: Kelly Basile
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The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Thursdays  Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo, 10:30 am. - 11:15 am Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time may include a craft, activity, or live animal...

Cost: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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A Kansas storm whisks Dorothy and Toto away to the fanciful Land of Oz where they encounter witches, wizards and more! As the two friends seek a way home, they meet a scarecrow with no brains, a...

Cost: $10; Children under 3 free

Where:
Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Telephone: 302-227-6766
Contact Name: Steve Seyfried
Website »

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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

More information

MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum’s popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights...

Cost: Museum Admission is Free

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail! Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Join Delaware Historical Society Executive Director Dr. David Young and Museum of the American Revolution President and CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson for a Revolutionary reunion and be sure not to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 NORTH MARKET STREET, Delaware History Museum
WILMINGTON, DE  19801
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Sponsor: DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Telephone: 302-655-7161
Contact Name: Pati Nash
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Book your party of 10+ people on The Patio & receive 10% off for everyone in your group, in addition to a reserved table! Offer available only when prearranged. The Patio at Market Kitchen...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Hilton Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago with a Museum Guide in Spanish. https://www.delart.org/programs-events/talks_tours/  

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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On Aug. 7, two High 5 Hospitality Rehoboth Buffalo Wild Wings Team Members suffered a tragedy to their families. They lost 3 children to a tragic fire. There are no words to take away their pain,...

Where:
High 5 Hospitality Restaurants
, DE

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,”...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August)...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

Young artists will explore the places we call home and the world we live in through contemporary art in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.Projects will...

Cost: $275 Members, $305 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7737
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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
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The Milton Farmers’ Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th  (except September 27th) from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-425-4890

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Come out and support your community!  Registration is required to participate! https://runsignup.com/Race/DE/Harrington/HarringtonColorRun Harrington's Color Run is for absolutely...

Cost: 0.00 - 25.00

Where:
Harrington Fire Company
20 Clark Street
Harrington, DE  19952
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Sponsor: Harrington Fire Company
Telephone: 302-670-6072
Contact Name: Veronica Dickerson
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University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa August 2 - 29, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In a joint venture with the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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  Curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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TRASH TALK: HISTORY IN ASSEMBLAGE Jim Condron June 7 to November 10, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Trash Talk: History in Assemblage,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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By artist No. 223 July 8 - October 31, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary presents an exhibition of 40 new works...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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John Singletary Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support. May 3 - September 22, 2019 The Delaware Contemporary is excited...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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SPIDER MOTHER A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin August 2 - September 29, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Our fourth Draper Experiment...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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TACIT 2019 Friends' Juried Exhibition May 21 - September 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2019 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art Loop Juried by Cynthia Hawkins...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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MASON/DIXON BEST KEPT SECRETS TOUR Aug 15 thru Aug 24, 2019 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21 off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.  Set up...

Cost: $10

Where:
, DE

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Daily, Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, Additional program on weekends at 2:30pm. Learn about the zoo animals from the people who take care of them. Get fascinating insights into your favorite...

Cost: Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs and for Zoo membe

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Telephone: 302-571-7737
Website »

More information

Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, July, August September starting 6/17: Animal Shows, Noon. Join us at our Wildlife Amphitheater to get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador...

Cost: Admission to Zoo: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Kids $5; free for under 3yrs .

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7747
Website »

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Tour Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelagowith a Museum Guide in English. English Tours Saturday, June 22 | 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29 | 2:00 p.m....

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2310 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us for a 1.5 hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christiana River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids:12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour! The city's lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full-bar and delicious snacks while you...

Cost: Adults: $24 Seniors: $20 Kids: $12

Where:
Riverboat Queen
Riverwalk Public Dock, Behind Iron Hill
620 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-425-4890

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