5 Unique Museums to Visit in Delaware County

Delco takes great pride in its rich history and pioneering spirit. Museums are also a great place to learn and be inspired and Delaware County offers a variety of options for arts, science, sports, and history enthusiasts alike.



The Brandywine Museum of Art

The Brandywine Museum of Art is home to three generations of Wyeth art, some of the most beloved and recognizable American artwork. Guests to the museum not only get to study these masterful works up close, but they also get to explore the environments in which they were created.  Tours of the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio, the Andrew Wyeth Studio and the Kuerner Farm (a major source of inspiration to Andrew) are available daily to guests from April until late November. Whether it’s the carton of eggs sitting next to Andrew’s easel (artists mix egg yolks with pigments and water to create tempera paint) or the props scattered throughout N.C.’s creative space, a visit here allows a guest to understand the authentic and inspiring work of an artist and bringing a new depth to the images on the museum walls.


Christian C. Sanderson Museum

Step up on the wooden porch of “Chris” Sanderson’s country home and tour eight rooms filled with over 200 years of American history. This incredible personal collection of artifacts includes everything from a book owned by Ben Franklin to a piece of George Washington’s hair.  Located in the heart of “Wyeth Country,” visitors can also view original sketches and paintings by N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and other Wyeth family members.


Delaware County Institute of Science

Galileo once said, “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.” Sounds like he would have been a fan of the Delaware County Institute of Science – where guests can examine a wide variety of scientific specimens for themselves. DCIS has amassed quite a collection of specimens in its almost 200-year history. There are mounted birds and animals, fossils, shells, corals, and minerals from all around the globe, bringing a world of discovery (and learning!) to the heart of Delaware County.


Pennsylvania Veterans Museum

The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, located in the former armory on Media’s State Street, not only recognizes and honors all those who have made freedom and liberty possible, but also presents lessons on warfare and a living history of soldiers’ experiences so that future generations may learn from their stories. Exhibits depict warfare through presentations, interactive kiosks, and rare archival footage.  Throughout the exhibit, guests can view body armor, guns, grenades, knives, mess kits and letters to and from home.  And, of course, recognition is given to those citizens of Delaware County who served during the time.


Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum

You’ve heard about the “passion” of Philly sports fans, right? Well, a lot of them live here in Delco. We have a love for athletes – especially locally grown ones – that runs deep. The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum, located in the Radnor Township Municipal building, celebrates our local sports figures who achieved success at an elite level. In June 2018, the museum unveiled a statue of Radnor Township native Emlen Tunnell, the first African American inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tunnell wasn’t the only Delco athlete to achieve success in sports; our athletes have touched just about every sport there is: football, baseball, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, basketball, field hockey…even race car driving. Not bad for a county covering just 191 square miles.