Museum to expand free-admission Sundays

For the first time, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will offer free admission to visitors all day on the first Sunday of every month from Feb. 7 through Nov. 6. Previously, the hours for the monthly free-admission program were limited to the morning.

These First Sundays for Families will feature special hands-on creative art activities sponsored by PNC Arts Alive and designed to engage visitors of all ages, a museum press release said.

"The Brandywine River Museum of Art is committed to providing access and education to the community, and through these Free Sundays, with an expanded and robust array of family programming, we are able to provide visitors with a more immersive experience," Thomas Padon, director of the museum, said in the release. "We are delighted that PNC Arts Alive is the sponsor of the programming for First Sundays for Families again for 2016, building upon its sponsorship of our Sunday morning family programming last year."

The inaugural First Sundays for Families program for 2016 will be held on Feb. 7. Called "Seeing Red," families can create Valentine's Day cards using a variety of collage materials. On Sunday, March 6, families will enjoy "Crayon-a-thon," and coloring outside the lines is encouraged.

First Sundays for Families is funded by PNC Arts Alive, a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. The goal of PNC Arts Alive is to help area residents gain access to the arts and to help arts organizations expand and engage audiences.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art features an outstanding collection of American art housed in a 19th-century mill building with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, the museum is located on Route 1 in Chadds Ford. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit

Starting on March 19, the museum will extend its hours slightly, opening from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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2 Responses to “Museum to expand free-admission Sundays”

  1. Tracey Taylor says:

    Hopefully that end date is November 6, 2016. November 4 is a Friday.

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