Doylestown, in addition to being a welcoming hub of dining, shopping and entertainment, is also home to extraordinary art collections at the James A. Michener Art Museum.
Located at 138 South Pine Street, the Michener Art Museum is housed in an eye-catching, historic building, formerly the Bucks County prison, which was built in 1884. After the prison was put into disuse, a portion of the prison was preserved, including the walls and the warden’s house, and became a main part of the Michener Art Museum, which opened its doors on September 15, 1988.
Today, the Michener Art Museum displays an impressive collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism artwork, along with offering art-themed classes for kids and adults, special events, informative lectures and gallery talks and art-based research accessibility.
When visiting the museum, be sure to stop into The Terrace Café for a bite to eat in between viewing the lovely artwork pieces. For a relaxing vibe, pop into the Nakashima Reading Room, a room displaying the exquisite woodworking pieces of Bucks County’s George Nakashima, featuring unique furniture items displayed in a traditional Japanese-style room.
In addition to displaying permanent exhibits, the Michener Art Museum features temporary exhibits which fill the museum walls for a few months until a new exhibit time arrives. The latest temporary exhibit being offered at the Michener Art Museum is 30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018, which is on display from now until January 6, 2019.
Memberships are available at the Michener Art Museum and your annual membership gains you free admission into the museum as many times as you may like throughout the year. For those who are not members (yet!), the cost is $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, $8 for college students with a valid school ID, $5 for kids ages 6-18 and free for little ones under 6.
The Michener Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m.
Visit the Michener Art Museum today to explore the exhibits and be sure to return often to see the new temporary exhibits which are displayed throughout the year.