Hidden Treasures

No museum can display all of its collection--not even most of its collection. To see the most valuable items, one must venture into seldom seen storage areas. What's there is often a surprise and a mystery--even to staff.



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Danielle Rice, executive director of the Delaware Art Museum, oversees the museum’s 12,000 items, most of which reside in storage. Paintings are rotated between exhibition and storage spaces to prevent damage from light.Ê Photograph by Tom Nutter

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It’s just like a scene from the Bible: lion side-by-side with lamb, leopard at peace with gazelle, creatures of the sea living with those of the air. But the prophet Isaiah didn’t say anything about a polar bear hiding behind a row of green cabinets.

Such is everlasting life, sort of, at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, whose storage facility is inhabited by beings of the earth, sky and sea.

The cause for this unnatural cohabitation?

“It’s simple: Space is expensive,” says Jean Woods, the museum’s curator of birds.

Though the Museum of Natural History’s collection continues to grow, display space in the museum remains constant, which leads to cramped quarters in storage. The result is a back catalog of more than 300,000 items rarely seen by the public, to be held in metal cabinets for the foreseeable future. But this museum is not alone.

In Wilmington, the new and improved Delaware Art Museum is having similar problems. Fresh off renovations that increased exhibit space, the museum is still only able to display about 300 of its 12,000 items at a time—and that does not include the 120 touring Pre-Raphaelite paintings that will return in September. During the construction last year, the museum’s library was expanded, an electronic, moveable storage system was installed, and hydro-thermographs were put in place to monitor humidity and temperature, all of which allow safe management of the collection.

“A good storage facility like this gives people access,” says Danielle Rice, executive director of the museum. “But if your storage facility is really, really cramped, it’s difficult.”

The staff at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford knows all too well how a crowded storage facility can create a difficult workspace. In order to continue collecting local art, including works by Howard Pyle and the Wyeth family, the staff began its 2003 remodeling of the 19th-century gristmill it occupies by focusing on maximizing storage space in two large rooms on the second and third floors.

Before the renovation, it was difficult for the museum to store unusual works, such as Andrew Wyeth’s charcoal drawings on paper, due to their fragility and size. (Some are larger than life.) The renovation has made organization and, more importantly, preservation manageable tasks. It is the quality of work in the entire collection that defines the museum, not just what is on display.

“Museums are set up primarily to collect, preserve and study,” says Virginia O’Hara, curator of collections at the Brandywine River Museum. “The exhibition part of it is to teach and to help people understand this information.”

Museums are the iceberg of the collecting world. People are usually impressed by what they see in the galleries, but the real power is hidden under the surface. Even the world’s most popular museums, buildings large enough to house small armies, are unable to display most of their collections. National art galleries such as the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, the Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg were all once homes to their country’s royal families, but curators today can’t find enough room to display even 5 percent of the collections now housed there.

In theory, historic estates, such as Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur, should be different, because the buildings should be able to display their original contents. Yet the du Ponts were always ones for disproving theories. Even Winterthur Museum’s nearly 35,000 square feet of galleries, 60-acre garden and 175 period rooms are not enough to display everything du Pont owned.

Du Pont’s obsession with decorating led to a large collection, from furniture to ceramics, but it was his fascination with textiles, most of which he would rotate with the season—or whenever else he felt the need for change—that is the largest part of the collection, says Linda Eaton, curator of textiles at Winterthur.

“Most of this beautiful stuff is in boxes,” she says. “So many beautiful things and there is just no room.”

Cramped quarters force tough decisions. At this point the issue is not what will be displayed but why it should be displayed. And each museum’s reasons are as individual as their collections.

For a research-based institution like the Museum of Natural History, the purpose of the collection drives many decisions. Most of what is archived there is studied extensively for scientific purposes, not just by the scientists on staff, but also by visitors. As one of the top institutions in the country for the study of both birds and mollusks, the museum’s collections are full of information.

An ornithological forensic squad might be thrilled to study skeleton No. 078688, a Bubo virginianus that was found dead at the Pot-Nets Trailer Park in April 1992, but most visitors aren’t too concerned about an owl that’s been dead for 15 years. Likewise, a lot of cone snails stored in alcohol would not cause most to change their spring break plans, but that was the case for a University of Washington professor who visited the museum earlier this year.

Instead, most people go there to see a walrus, with tusks as big as a human leg, that was killed in 1965. Museums realize this, so they usually present exhibits that provoke plenty of ooohs and aaahs among visitors. So the popular large mounted animals remain on display. “They aren’t very useful for scientific purposes, but they’re great for exhibits,” curator Jean Woods says. The remaining, less glamorous specimens stay safely stored upstairs.

A great exhibit at one museum might not make a great one at another, and just because things are big and flashy don’t mean they always go on display. Many pieces at the Delaware Art Museum have the bright colors and appealing images that capture one’s gaze, but when dealing with fragile materials such as paper, watercolors and linen, it is important to keep the health of the piece in mind.

“That’s why museums have such large collections,” says Rice. “We have to keep it fresh. Otherwise, all this stuff would turn completely pale in less than a year.”

The results of ongoing preservation are rooms full of works on paper, usually kept in boxes to avoid any exposure, and aisles of large and fragile works that hang in a storage room.

“You can see that the colors on the watercolors are so fresh and so beautiful, but we couldn’t keep them out forever,” Rice says.

Even non-artists know a faded piece of art does not add to the collection. The best scenario would result in an expensive conservation bill that wouldn’t even return the work to its original form. Worst-case scenario? An empty frame.

Light is the biggest threat to the health of these fragile works, doing its damage when ultraviolet rays help catalyze a chemical reaction between oxygen and any water in the fabrics. The reaction creates hydrogen peroxide, better known as bleach, and even small amounts can cause serious scarring.

To avoid fading, the pieces must be cycled: Display for less than eight weeks, then rest for about a year, says Ryan Grover, who spent a year at Winterthur before becoming curator at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

Rest is very important to the health of the collection, much like it is to a living creature. Unfortunately, the relationship doesn’t work the other way around. Living creatures, including humans, are unhealthy for collections. Aside from errors that can cause millions of dollars in damages, human skin secretes oils that can damage fragile material. Humans can also expose the objects to humid or bright environments and introduce unwanted specimen to the catalog. Those specimen can create a lot of trouble.

Small bugs can cause amazing amounts of damage, with silverfish, dermestid beetles and clothes moths posing the biggest threats. The beetles are so efficient at stripping an animal’s flesh from bone that the Museum of Natural History keeps a small colony in a room near the loading dock for help in preparing skeletons. But having the bugs near also can cause problems.

When creepy-crawlies do find their way into the collection, there are ways to deal with them. For individual items that may be exposed, a weeklong trip into the freezer ensures that no unwanted creature survives.

When Winterthur noticed it had silverfish in a storage room for linens, tassels, fringes and silks, it took a different approach. At one week per item, it would have taken 10 years to place each of the nearly 1,000 items in the room into a deep-freeze. So the museum has been placing box after box of century-old textiles into its carbon dioxide chamber, which fills an airtight chamber with the gas, starving the bugs of oxygen. After two weeks, the goods are deemed bug-free and returned to the comforts of their old home.

“There are no chemicals safe for the textiles and people that will kill the bugs,” Eaton says. “As much as we love this stuff, we won’t risk our health, so we just gas it.”

As one of the top bird and mollusk institutions in the United States, the Delaware Museum of Natural History gears its exhibits to the public. It recently presented an interactive exhibit on the giant squid, as well as a display of rare eggs, including one from an extinct species known as the elephant bird; its eggs are the size of a rugby ball.

As much fun as the galleries are, it would be an insult to the museum to ignore what is just up the stairs. It might not be as glamorous as the large display animals downstairs, but the rows of green and white metal cabinets that stretch the length of the building create a showcase of some of the most important examples of mollusks and birds in the world today. Some, like the passenger pigeon, Carolina parakeet and ivory-billed woodpecker, are no longer with us.

In fine art museums, an original piece is more valuable than a reprint in the museum store, but it would be impossible for scientists to find the original of a particular animal. So for a natural history museum, the strength of a collection doesn’t lie only in quantity, but also in quality.

When J.G. Walls came across a new species of cone snails in the Philippines in 1977, he did what any scientist in his situation would do: He submitted type specimens to a reputable collection, which would guarantee that what he found was acknowledged as the example of that species. Such type specimen add value to a collection. With 200 bird type specimen and more than 1,000 mollusks, the Museum of Natural History has a solid grip on the prime examples of many species.

The meat of the museum’s collection is not as flashy as the type specimen, but no less important. With 117,000 examples of birds, from skins to skeletons to eggs, and more than 2 million individual shells hidden in the nondescript cabinets, it would seem the collection would occupy any scientist for years, but that is not the case.

“Every thing here is individually different,” Woods says. “They come from different places during different times of the year. You need to have representations of each of those sexes or ages to understand the variation of the species. Cardinals in 1910 might be different than cardinals in 2007. So the collection is never finished because the natural world is always changing.”

Not everything is stashed in metal cabinets. Which is where the old stereotype of scientists using formaldehyde and alcohol to preserve things comes into play.

“For some items, this is the only way to store them,” says Liz Shea, curator of mollusks, motioning toward a long-dead squid. “A dried cephalopod is of no use to anyone.”

The benefit of storing items this way is that their tissue, especially internal organs, skin and muscles, can be studied in the growing field of biological tissue sampling.

Even items with little to no scientific value find their way into the collection. No one has the heart to throw away a sea urchin replica made with thousands of tiny shells and a hot glue gun. Shell art can be beautiful, but it has little scientific value.

“We like shells dirty and we like them with things growing on them, because you can learn more about them,” Shea says. “It’s a snapshot of biodiversity at that time and place.”

In terms of research, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Museum function like the natural history museum. Though many of the primary artists represented in their collections have been dead for some time, their influence on artists in the area is still prevalent, which means a collection will never be complete.

“The art history of the area seems to be constantly unfolding,” says Halsey Spruance, director of public relations for the Brandywine River Museum. “So this is hardly a stagnant collection.”

Over the past few years, a popular new exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum has highlighted Jamie Wyeth’s association with Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. The exhibit has drawn good reviews, but it has also overshadowed a more important, albeit less publicized, addition.

When Ann Wyeth McCoy, last living sibling of Andrew Wyeth, died in November 2005, the museum knew it had lost a close friend. What the curators didn’t know was that the McCoy family had a sizable gift in mind. Books, photographs, letters, even paint palettes that once belonged to the Wyeths or Ann’s husband, John McCoy, a student of N.C. Wyeth, were donated. Though the public will see none of them in the near future, their historical significance is immeasurable.

“It’s wonderful to have all of that material, but it’s way more than the average person would be interested in,” says curator Virginia O’Hara. “It would just be more interesting to researchers.”

With so many pieces in its catalog, the Delaware Art Museum is in a similar situation with each of its big three collections: works by Howard Pyle and other early American illustrators, the Pre-Raphaelites and John Sloan. Some works are just more important for historical purposes than for exhibitions.

Many of Pyle’s original books, including his famous “Book of Pirates,” rest in the museum’s rare book room, where they sleep, untouched in the darkness. While aficionados may wish to get their hands on them, the fragile yellowed pages would be easily damaged by even the most delicate finger, so for the sake of preservation, the works remain tucked away.

A few turns through an underground labyrinth from the library, a heavy metal door guards more of the museum’s treasures.

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Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

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Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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Sleeping Beauty makes nap time look good, but who will wake her up? Find out in the beloved fairy tale. PS: Come in your best princess attire and join the princess parade.

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 655-1014
Website »

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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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The brainchild of Dr. Yasser Payne of the University of Delaware’s Department of Black American Studies, this collaborative exhibition focuses on issues of structural inequality and...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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Come enjoy a WILD spring break at the Brandywine Zoo! Each day of the week will have its own zoo related theme. The week will be filled with zoo visits, live animal presentations, games, crafts,...

Cost: Weekly Fee: $200/per child; $175/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members.

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


Telephone: 302-571-7788 ext.200
Contact Name: Jacque Williamson
Website »

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A selection of recent work by J. Gordon, recipient of a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery - Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302.577.8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Spend all or part of your spring break exploring the freshwater tidal marsh and Wilmington's Riverfront.

Cost: Varies

Where:
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibits, activities, live birds, and an engaging story introduce the basics of evolution through the eyes of Charlie, a young boy writing a report about his favorite bird—the...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

  This pocket-size exhibition highlights the collection of decorated tinware that Henry Francis du Pont acquired from antiques dealers in New England and Pennsylvania, particularly from...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (RT 52)
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Contact Name: Winterthur Information
Website »

More information

Violet Oakley (1874–1961) was an illustrator, stained-glass designer and the first American woman to find fame in the burgeoning field of public mural painting. Throughout her 60-year...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Best known for his innovative photographs of the fashion runways for Interview magazine, Scott Heiser was a talented photographer who documented a wide range of public entertainments...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Visit Adventure Aquarium this winter to experience Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, a limited-time opportunity to discover more than 20 kinds of frogs and see the world through their eyes....

Cost: 18.95 - $24.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Telephone: 610-455-2755
Contact Name: Corrinne Kluge
Website »

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2014 Wilmington Earth Day Celebration Celebrate Earth Day in Rodney Square during your lunch break on April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Visitors will enjoy giveaways, free raffle items,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rodney Square
10th & North Market streets
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The City of Wilmington, DelDOT, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Telephone: (800) 445-4935 x106
Contact Name: Dee Ross
Website »

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Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

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Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

Sleeping Beauty makes nap time look good, but who will wake her up? Find out in the beloved fairy tale. PS: Come in your best princess attire and join the princess parade.

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 655-1014
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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Organist Wayne Zimmerman sets up shop at the console for old-school sing-along music plus a short silent film.

Where:
John Dickinson High School
1801 Milltown Road
Wilmington
, DE
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Telephone: 995-2603
Website »

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Nothing says “classic” like Cole Porter’s captivating musical set on the high seas. The Tony Award winner includes hits like “I Get a Kick Out of You.” 

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

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Children 5 to 18 get the spotlight at this all-media art exhibition. 

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

Local artists use various media to interpret the theme “Spring Awakening.”

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

Following its best season in 20 years, Delaware Children’s Theatre’s gangbuster schedule features “Sleeping Beauty”. “Sleeping Beauty” is the premiere of a...

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
, DE


Telephone: 655-1014
Website »

More information

Painter George Martz showcases his newest pieces. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

The individual artist fellow in painting exhibits at the Mezzanine Gallery.

Where:
Delaware Division of the Arts
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 577-8278
Website »

More information

Works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of African-American art are showcased.

Where:
University Museums
Mechanical Hall Gallery
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Five artists who work in the still life genre present work with traditional and contemporary themes. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
View map »


Telephone: 645-0551
Website »

More information

Legendary jazzman Thomas “Fats” Waller is the king of a sassy, sexy, jazzy kinda world. Five performers bring to life the music of the 1920s and ’30s Harlem Renaissance. 

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 594-1100
Website »

More information

The Delaware College of Art and Design showcases the work of students and faculty in the Continuing Education Program. 

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 622-8000
Website »

More information

Did you read “The Alchemist?” Then you might dig this, a study exploring the field of alchemy as it relates to the artistic process.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The legend lives on. Join King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot in one of the most beloved musicals ever. 

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth Beach , DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth created some of their best-known images for advertising calendars. Check out the iconic images.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The brainchild of Dr. Yasser Payne of the University of Delaware’s Department of Black American Studies, this collaborative exhibition focuses on issues of structural inequality and...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

A multicultural exploration of the human face.

Where:
The University of Delaware, University Museums
Old College Gallery
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

More information

Monday – Friday, April 21 – 25 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages 7 – 11 Each day, folk artists will show how their art reflects their passions, heritage and feelings about...

Cost: 185 per camper or $45 per day. Aftercare, 3 – 5 p.m., $40 or $15 per day

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

N.C. Wyeth was quite the patriot. His take on Coronado’s 16th-century expedition and Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, plus 10 other important American moments, are on display.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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Come enjoy a WILD spring break at the Brandywine Zoo! Each day of the week will have its own zoo related theme. The week will be filled with zoo visits, live animal presentations, games, crafts,...

Cost: Weekly Fee: $200/per child; $175/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members.

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


Telephone: 302-571-7788 ext.200
Contact Name: Jacque Williamson
Website »

More information

Spend all or part of your spring break exploring the freshwater tidal marsh and Wilmington's Riverfront.

Cost: Varies

Where:
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

A selection of recent work by J. Gordon, recipient of a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery - Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302.577.8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Exhibits, activities, live birds, and an engaging story introduce the basics of evolution through the eyes of Charlie, a young boy writing a report about his favorite bird—the...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

  This pocket-size exhibition highlights the collection of decorated tinware that Henry Francis du Pont acquired from antiques dealers in New England and Pennsylvania, particularly from...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (RT 52)
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Contact Name: Winterthur Information
Website »

More information

Best known for his innovative photographs of the fashion runways for Interview magazine, Scott Heiser was a talented photographer who documented a wide range of public entertainments...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Visit Adventure Aquarium this winter to experience Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, a limited-time opportunity to discover more than 20 kinds of frogs and see the world through their eyes....

Cost: 18.95 - $24.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Telephone: 610-455-2755
Contact Name: Corrinne Kluge
Website »

More information

Violet Oakley (1874–1961) was an illustrator, stained-glass designer and the first American woman to find fame in the burgeoning field of public mural painting. Throughout her 60-year...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

Christiana Fire Company Memorial Hall and Sherm's Catering present: Country Line Dancing and Instruction Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:30pm - 10pm Lite food available by Sherm's Catering...

Cost: $12

Where:
Chrisiana Fire Company Memorial Hall
2 E. Main Street
Christiana , DE  19702
View map »


Sponsor: Christiana Fire Company Memorial Hall
Telephone: 302-731-0237
Contact Name: John
Website »

More information

Sleeping Beauty makes nap time look good, but who will wake her up? Find out in the beloved fairy tale. PS: Come in your best princess attire and join the princess parade.

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 655-1014
Website »

More information

Local artists use various media to interpret the theme “Spring Awakening.”

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

Children 5 to 18 get the spotlight at this all-media art exhibition. 

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

The Delaware College of Art and Design showcases the work of students and faculty in the Continuing Education Program. 

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 622-8000
Website »

More information

Painter George Martz showcases his newest pieces. 

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


Telephone: 654-8638
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Five artists who work in the still life genre present work with traditional and contemporary themes. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
View map »


Telephone: 645-0551
Website »

More information

The individual artist fellow in painting exhibits at the Mezzanine Gallery.

Where:
Delaware Division of the Arts
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 577-8278
Website »

More information

Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

This free lecture includes advice from Christiana Care Concord Health Center family doctors Kelly Billig-Figura, M.D. and Ray Carter, M.D. on injury prevention, fitness planning and treatment...

Where:
Concord Health Center
161 Wilmington-West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (800) 693-2273
Website »

More information

Monday – Friday, April 21 – 25 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages 7 – 11 Each day, folk artists will show how their art reflects their passions, heritage and feelings about...

Cost: 185 per camper or $45 per day. Aftercare, 3 – 5 p.m., $40 or $15 per day

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

N.C. Wyeth was quite the patriot. His take on Coronado’s 16th-century expedition and Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, plus 10 other important American moments, are on display.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth created some of their best-known images for advertising calendars. Check out the iconic images.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Following its best season in 20 years, Delaware Children’s Theatre’s gangbuster schedule features “Sleeping Beauty”. “Sleeping Beauty” is the premiere of a...

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
, DE


Telephone: 655-1014
Website »

More information

Works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of African-American art are showcased.

Where:
University Museums
Mechanical Hall Gallery
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

More information

A multicultural exploration of the human face.

Where:
The University of Delaware, University Museums
Old College Gallery
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

More information

Legendary jazzman Thomas “Fats” Waller is the king of a sassy, sexy, jazzy kinda world. Five performers bring to life the music of the 1920s and ’30s Harlem Renaissance. 

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 594-1100
Website »

More information

The brainchild of Dr. Yasser Payne of the University of Delaware’s Department of Black American Studies, this collaborative exhibition focuses on issues of structural inequality and...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Did you read “The Alchemist?” Then you might dig this, a study exploring the field of alchemy as it relates to the artistic process.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The legend lives on. Join King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot in one of the most beloved musicals ever. 

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth Beach , DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Nothing says “classic” like Cole Porter’s captivating musical set on the high seas. The Tony Award winner includes hits like “I Get a Kick Out of You.” 

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

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Join ULI Philadelphia to hear keynote speakers discuss new corporate commitments, employment gains, and real estate transactions in Delaware which have helped the State to re-establish itself...

Cost: $40

Where:
The Westin Wilmington
818 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: ULI Philadelphia
Telephone: 215-525-4977
Contact Name: Gerri Lipp

More information

A selection of recent work by J. Gordon, recipient of a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery - Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302.577.8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Come enjoy a WILD spring break at the Brandywine Zoo! Each day of the week will have its own zoo related theme. The week will be filled with zoo visits, live animal presentations, games, crafts,...

Cost: Weekly Fee: $200/per child; $175/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members.

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


Telephone: 302-571-7788 ext.200
Contact Name: Jacque Williamson
Website »

More information

Spend all or part of your spring break exploring the freshwater tidal marsh and Wilmington's Riverfront.

Cost: Varies

Where:
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Exhibits, activities, live birds, and an engaging story introduce the basics of evolution through the eyes of Charlie, a young boy writing a report about his favorite bird—the...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Best known for his innovative photographs of the fashion runways for Interview magazine, Scott Heiser was a talented photographer who documented a wide range of public entertainments...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Visit Adventure Aquarium this winter to experience Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, a limited-time opportunity to discover more than 20 kinds of frogs and see the world through their eyes....

Cost: 18.95 - $24.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Telephone: 610-455-2755
Contact Name: Corrinne Kluge
Website »

More information

Have you heard the calling of the frogs and toads?  Can you see tadpoles swimming in the water?  Did you ever touch a toad or a turtle?  Search for all of this plus a story and a craft!...

Cost: $8/$14

Where:
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Violet Oakley (1874–1961) was an illustrator, stained-glass designer and the first American woman to find fame in the burgeoning field of public mural painting. Throughout her 60-year...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

  This pocket-size exhibition highlights the collection of decorated tinware that Henry Francis du Pont acquired from antiques dealers in New England and Pennsylvania, particularly from...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (RT 52)
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Contact Name: Winterthur Information
Website »

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

More information

If you like to look for birds but do not know what they are or how to find out, then join bird expert Jim White to learn the ins and outs of birding as you walk with Russell W. Peterson Urban...

Cost: $5/$9

Where:
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Local artists use various media to interpret the theme “Spring Awakening.”

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
View map »


Telephone: 537-5055
Website »

More information

Children 5 to 18 get the spotlight at this all-media art exhibition. 

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 266-7266
Website »

More information

The Delaware College of Art and Design showcases the work of students and faculty in the Continuing Education Program. 

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 622-8000
Website »

More information

The individual artist fellow in painting exhibits at the Mezzanine Gallery.

Where:
Delaware Division of the Arts
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 577-8278
Website »

More information

Following its best season in 20 years, Delaware Children’s Theatre’s gangbuster schedule features “Sleeping Beauty”. “Sleeping Beauty” is the premiere of a...

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
, DE


Telephone: 655-1014
Website »

More information

Sleeping Beauty makes nap time look good, but who will wake her up? Find out in the beloved fairy tale. PS: Come in your best princess attire and join the princess parade.

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 655-1014
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
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Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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Participating restaurants donate one-third of their food sales for the day to benefit AIDS Delaware.

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 652-6776
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Five artists who work in the still life genre present work with traditional and contemporary themes. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
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Telephone: 645-0551
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Painter George Martz showcases his newest pieces. 

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

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Did you read “The Alchemist?” Then you might dig this, a study exploring the field of alchemy as it relates to the artistic process.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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Works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of African-American art are showcased.

Where:
University Museums
Mechanical Hall Gallery
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

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Monday – Friday, April 21 – 25 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages 7 – 11 Each day, folk artists will show how their art reflects their passions, heritage and feelings about...

Cost: 185 per camper or $45 per day. Aftercare, 3 – 5 p.m., $40 or $15 per day

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

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When Vivian Bearing, a brilliant, demanding poetry professor, undergoes experimental treatment for ovarian cancer, she falls from a position of authority to one of dependency. “Wit”...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 831-2204
Website »

More information

Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth created some of their best-known images for advertising calendars. Check out the iconic images.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

A multicultural exploration of the human face.

Where:
The University of Delaware, University Museums
Old College Gallery
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

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N.C. Wyeth was quite the patriot. His take on Coronado’s 16th-century expedition and Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, plus 10 other important American moments, are on display.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

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Legendary jazzman Thomas “Fats” Waller is the king of a sassy, sexy, jazzy kinda world. Five performers bring to life the music of the 1920s and ’30s Harlem Renaissance. 

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 594-1100
Website »

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The legend lives on. Join King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot in one of the most beloved musicals ever. 

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth Beach , DE
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Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

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The brainchild of Dr. Yasser Payne of the University of Delaware’s Department of Black American Studies, this collaborative exhibition focuses on issues of structural inequality and...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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Nothing says “classic” like Cole Porter’s captivating musical set on the high seas. The Tony Award winner includes hits like “I Get a Kick Out of You.” 

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 475-2313
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A selection of recent work by J. Gordon, recipient of a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery - Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street
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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Come enjoy a WILD spring break at the Brandywine Zoo! Each day of the week will have its own zoo related theme. The week will be filled with zoo visits, live animal presentations, games, crafts,...

Cost: Weekly Fee: $200/per child; $175/child for Delaware Zoological Society Members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7788 ext.200
Contact Name: Jacque Williamson
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Spend all or part of your spring break exploring the freshwater tidal marsh and Wilmington's Riverfront.

Cost: Varies

Where:
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Exhibits, activities, live birds, and an engaging story introduce the basics of evolution through the eyes of Charlie, a young boy writing a report about his favorite bird—the...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Violet Oakley (1874–1961) was an illustrator, stained-glass designer and the first American woman to find fame in the burgeoning field of public mural painting. Throughout her 60-year...

Cost: Museum Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Visit Adventure Aquarium this winter to experience Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, a limited-time opportunity to discover more than 20 kinds of frogs and see the world through their eyes....

Cost: 18.95 - $24.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Telephone: 610-455-2755
Contact Name: Corrinne Kluge
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Best known for his innovative photographs of the fashion runways for Interview magazine, Scott Heiser was a talented photographer who documented a wide range of public entertainments...

Cost: Museum Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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  This pocket-size exhibition highlights the collection of decorated tinware that Henry Francis du Pont acquired from antiques dealers in New England and Pennsylvania, particularly from...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (RT 52)
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Telephone: 302.888.4600
Contact Name: Winterthur Information
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Learning about art is fun every Friday at the Delaware Art Museum! Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story-reading followed by an interactive tour of...

Cost: Free for Museum members, $3.00 per child for non-members, free for adults

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
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Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-888-2583
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Wow Awards Celebration Presented by Walgreens, join us at the 10th Annual WOW Awards Celebration as the Delaware HIV Consortium honors eight for their contributions to quality service for...

Cost: $135

Where:
Clarion Hotel - The Belle
1612 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Contact Name: Scott MacKenzie
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Trees can flourish in urban environments, but all too often they fail because gardeners don’t know a few simple but necessary steps to keep them thriving. Greg Paige, Bartlett Tree...

Cost: Members: $10; Non-Members: $15

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Grounds Management Association, Kerns Bros. Tree Service
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Helen Anderson
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The majestic sounds of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and friends fill Copeland Hall.

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 652-5577
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Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

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The individual artist fellow in painting exhibits at the Mezzanine Gallery.

Where:
Delaware Division of the Arts
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 577-8278
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The Delaware College of Art and Design showcases the work of students and faculty in the Continuing Education Program. 

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 622-8000
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Painter George Martz showcases his newest pieces. 

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

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Five artists who work in the still life genre present work with traditional and contemporary themes. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
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Telephone: 645-0551
Website »

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Get those wheels spinning and join the more than 2,000 cyclists for a ride through the beaches, bays and beyond—you can’t beat the view. The 5-, 30- and 50-mile routes begin and end...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 539-2100
Website »

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N.C. Wyeth was quite the patriot. His take on Coronado’s 16th-century expedition and Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, plus 10 other important American moments, are on display.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth created some of their best-known images for advertising calendars. Check out the iconic images.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Monday – Friday, April 21 – 25 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages 7 – 11 Each day, folk artists will show how their art reflects their passions, heritage and feelings about...

Cost: 185 per camper or $45 per day. Aftercare, 3 – 5 p.m., $40 or $15 per day

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-7020
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This weekend of culinary events—Evening with the Masters, Cellar Masters’ Live Wine Auction and the Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch—benefits Meals On Wheels Delaware, with events...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 656-3257
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Sleeping Beauty makes nap time look good, but who will wake her up? Find out in the beloved fairy tale. PS: Come in your best princess attire and join the princess parade.

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 655-1014
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Children 5 to 18 get the spotlight at this all-media art exhibition. 

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
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Small town, big films—this festival draws short films from directors around the globe.

Where:
252 East Market Street, PMB#252
West Chester, PA
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Telephone: (484) 639-9237
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Nothing says “classic” like Cole Porter’s captivating musical set on the high seas. The Tony Award winner includes hits like “I Get a Kick Out of You.” 

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

Did you read “The Alchemist?” Then you might dig this, a study exploring the field of alchemy as it relates to the artistic process.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The legend lives on. Join King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot in one of the most beloved musicals ever. 

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth Beach , DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

A multicultural exploration of the human face.

Where:
The University of Delaware, University Museums
Old College Gallery
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

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Local artists use various media to interpret the theme “Spring Awakening.”

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
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Telephone: 537-5055
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The brainchild of Dr. Yasser Payne of the University of Delaware’s Department of Black American Studies, this collaborative exhibition focuses on issues of structural inequality and...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of African-American art are showcased.

Where:
University Museums
Mechanical Hall Gallery
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

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When unpredictable madcaps Hawkeye and Duke are on the loose, it’s sure to be a good time.

Where:
Second Street Players
Riverfront Theater
2 S. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 422-0220
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Following its best season in 20 years, Delaware Children’s Theatre’s gangbuster schedule features “Sleeping Beauty”. “Sleeping Beauty” is the premiere of a...

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
, DE


Telephone: 655-1014
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A baby was born—and murdered—in a convent. Who fathered and killed the infant? When a court-appointed psychiatrist arrives on the case, her questions force the women to re-examine...

Where:
Chapel Street Players
27 N. Chapel St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 368-2248
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When Vivian Bearing, a brilliant, demanding poetry professor, undergoes experimental treatment for ovarian cancer, she falls from a position of authority to one of dependency. “Wit”...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 831-2204
Website »

More information

Legendary jazzman Thomas “Fats” Waller is the king of a sassy, sexy, jazzy kinda world. Five performers bring to life the music of the 1920s and ’30s Harlem Renaissance. 

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 594-1100
Website »

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All routes start and end in Bethany Beach. Choose from a 5-, 30-, 50-mile or Metric Century route. Completion of the ride is optional. 

Where:
PNC Bank
2 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Bethany Beach, DE
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Looking for a good deal?  Come to the Camden Friends annual "Spring Fling" Flea Market.  Browse our tables for a variety of gently used treasures, books, clothing and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Camden Friends Gathering Place
122 East Camden-Wyoming Avenue
Camden, DE
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Sponsor: Camden Friends Meeting
Contact Name: Judith Light-Baker

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Great day includes a live radio broadcast, new plants & local artists exhibiting their work.  Bring your family to enjoy face painting, complimentary hot dogs & more!

Cost: Free

Where:
East Coast Garden Center
30366 Cordrey Rd
Millsboro, DE  19966
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The 2014 Delaware Brain Tumor Walk has a NEW start time.  The walk will begin at the balloon arches at 10am. Top team and top individual will be acknowledged during the closing ceremony....

Cost: Donations

Where:
Dravo Plaza
815 Justison St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States, is hosting its 7th annual Brain Tumor event on April 26, 2014 at...

Cost: http://events.braintumor.org/delaware-brain-tumor-walk/

Where:
, DE

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Exhibits, activities, live birds, and an engaging story introduce the basics of evolution through the eyes of Charlie, a young boy writing a report about his favorite bird—the...

Cost: Adults: $9 Children (3-17): $7 Seniors (60+): $8 Under 3: FREE Members: FREE

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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More information

Violet Oakley (1874–1961) was an illustrator, stained-glass designer and the first American woman to find fame in the burgeoning field of public mural painting. Throughout her 60-year...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Best known for his innovative photographs of the fashion runways for Interview magazine, Scott Heiser was a talented photographer who documented a wide range of public entertainments...

Cost: Museum Admission

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

More information

Visit Adventure Aquarium this winter to experience Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, a limited-time opportunity to discover more than 20 kinds of frogs and see the world through their eyes....

Cost: 18.95 - $24.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Telephone: 610-455-2755
Contact Name: Corrinne Kluge
Website »

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Over 40 Antique Vendors from the tri state will be joining the Mullica Hill New Jersey Merchants at our Sixth Annual Outdoor Antique Street Fair.  Our Historic Village is a mile...

Cost: 0

Where:
Historic Mullica Hill New Jersey
Mile Long Main Street
Mullica Hill, NJ
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Sponsor: Mullica Hill Merchants
Telephone: 856 478 6556
Contact Name: Judith Salvino
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  This pocket-size exhibition highlights the collection of decorated tinware that Henry Francis du Pont acquired from antiques dealers in New England and Pennsylvania, particularly from...

Cost: Members free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (RT 52)
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Contact Name: Winterthur Information
Website »

More information

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September 27, 2013, will celebrate two important...

Cost: 6/adults, $5/military/seniors/students, $4/youth (ages 3-18)

Where:
Delaware History Museum
504 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Historical Society
Telephone: (302)295-2400
Website »

More information

Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and giveaways!

Cost: Varies

Where:
Frawley Stadium
801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 302-888-2583
Website »

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R2Hop2, Fordham & Dominion Brewing's annual beer and music festival, will be held April 26 from 12-7 p.m. It features music from four local bands, food from Delaware restaurants, and...

Cost: 20 in advance

Where:
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co.
1284 McD Dr.
Dover, DE  19901
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Fun for all ages! Meet live animals, walk with a naturalist, make a craft and try dipnetting in the marsh! Bring your family and learn about how our daily decisions impact the environment and how...

Cost: Free

Where:
DuPont Environmental Education Center
1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Cost: 0 for survivors/registration fee for participants

Where:
University of Delaware
S. College Avenue
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: American Cancer Society
Telephone: 302-669-6326
Contact Name: Cydney Goldman
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Every plant has a story to tell, and each year hundreds of collectors and garden enthusiasts nationwide celebrate those stories at the Rare Plant Auction®, a gala fund raiser staged...

Cost: $125 and up

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Telephone: 302-658-6262
Contact Name: Helen Anderson
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Serafin String Quartet will return to the popular community series, The Arts at Trinity, on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm. SSQ will be joined by guests Timothy Schwarz, viola and Todd Thiel, cello...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trinity Episcopal Church
1108 North Adams Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Trinity Episcopal Church
Telephone: (302) 652-8605
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Serafin String Quartet will return to the popular community series, The Arts at Trinity, on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm. SSQ will be joined by guests Timothy Schwarz, viola and Norman Fischer,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trinity Episcopal Church
1108 North Adams Street
Wilmington, DE
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Sponsor: The Arts at Trinity
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Don't miss these exciting concerts throughout downtown Wilmington! The amazing OperaDelaware Chorus will be joined by international soloists Kirk Dougherty, Timothy Mix, Victoria Cannizzo,...

Cost: $25-60

Where:
OperaDelaware Studios
4 S Poplar St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: OperaDelaware
Telephone: 302.442.7809
Contact Name: Mary Wilcosky
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What can YOU do to help save species? Join us for our annual Party for the Planet to learn about what you can do to make EVERY DAY Earth Day. Stop by a learning station or talk with a volunteer...

Cost: Free with paid admission to the zoo.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Telephone: 302-571-7850
Contact Name: Jacque Williamson
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It’s a day of tours, exhibits, demos, animals, kids’ activities, music and food on the grounds of UD’s Townsend Hall in Newark.

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 831-2508
Website »

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Sleeping Beauty makes nap time look good, but who will wake her up? Find out in the beloved fairy tale. PS: Come in your best princess attire and join the princess parade.

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 655-1014
Website »

More information

The National Brain Tumor Society’s Delaware Walk connects brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for an inspiring, family-friendly day. All proceeds from...

Where:
Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront
Wilmington, DE


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Bug & Bud in Milford is 11 this year. Come celebrate the ladybug and spring blooms with arts and crafts vendors, food and live entertainment. 

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 839-1180
Website »

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Nothing says “classic” like Cole Porter’s captivating musical set on the high seas. The Tony Award winner includes hits like “I Get a Kick Out of You.” 

Where:
The New Candlelight Theatre
2208 Millers Road
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 475-2313
Website »

More information

The legend lives on. Join King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot in one of the most beloved musicals ever. 

Where:
Clear Space Theatre Company
20 Baltimore Ave.
Rehoboth Beach , DE
View map »


Telephone: 227-2270
Website »

More information

Did you read “The Alchemist?” Then you might dig this, a study exploring the field of alchemy as it relates to the artistic process.

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

The brainchild of Dr. Yasser Payne of the University of Delaware’s Department of Black American Studies, this collaborative exhibition focuses on issues of structural inequality and...

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 656-6466
Website »

More information

Legendary jazzman Thomas “Fats” Waller is the king of a sassy, sexy, jazzy kinda world. Five performers bring to life the music of the 1920s and ’30s Harlem Renaissance. 

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water St.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 594-1100
Website »

More information

A multicultural exploration of the human face.

Where:
The University of Delaware, University Museums
Old College Gallery
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

More information

Works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of African-American art are showcased.

Where:
University Museums
Mechanical Hall Gallery
Newark, DE
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-8037
Website »

More information

Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth created some of their best-known images for advertising calendars. Check out the iconic images.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

N.C. Wyeth was quite the patriot. His take on Coronado’s 16th-century expedition and Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, plus 10 other important American moments, are on display.

Where:
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Visitors will use simple machines to try and move a “Powder Keg” from one spot to another. Part of Hagley's new Science Saturdays series, on the fourth Saturdays of the...

Cost: Free-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd.
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
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When Vivian Bearing, a brilliant, demanding poetry professor, undergoes experimental treatment for ovarian cancer, she falls from a position of authority to one of dependency. “Wit”...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 831-2204
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A baby was born—and murdered—in a convent. Who fathered and killed the infant? When a court-appointed psychiatrist arrives on the case, her questions force the women to re-examine...

Where:
Chapel Street Players
27 N. Chapel St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 368-2248
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Five artists who work in the still life genre present work with traditional and contemporary themes. 

Where:
Peninsula Gallery
520 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, DE
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Telephone: 645-0551
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Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience central to his art. 

Where:
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 S. Madison St.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 656-6466
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The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
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Telephone: 888-4600
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Small town, big films—this festival draws short films from directors around the globe.

Where:
252 East Market Street, PMB#252
West Chester, PA
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Telephone: (484) 639-9237
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Painter George Martz showcases his newest pieces. 

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE
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Telephone: 654-8638
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Children 5 to 18 get the spotlight at this all-media art exhibition. 

Where:
Newark Arts Alliance
276 E. Main St.
Newark, DE
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Telephone: 266-7266
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When unpredictable madcaps Hawkeye and Duke are on the loose, it’s sure to be a good time.

Where:
Second Street Players
Riverfront Theater
2 S. Walnut St.
Milford, DE
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Telephone: 422-0220
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Following its best season in 20 years, Delaware Children’s Theatre’s gangbuster schedule features “Sleeping Beauty”. “Sleeping Beauty” is the premiere of a...

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
, DE


Telephone: 655-1014
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Local artists use various media to interpret the theme “Spring Awakening.”

Where:
Gallery One
32 Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE
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Telephone: 537-5055
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Get those wheels spinning and join the more than 2,000 cyclists for a ride through the beaches, bays and beyond—you can’t beat the view. The 5-, 30- and 50-mile routes begin and end...

Where:
, DE


Telephone: 539-2100
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