A Museum for Every Interest in Delaware County, PA

From art and history to science and the unusual, museums offer a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration. Explore fascinating exhibits and celebrate the rich tapestry of culture and innovation these institutions preserve and showcase. Whether you’re a seasoned museum-goer or a curious newcomer, there’s something for everyone to discover and enjoy.


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.  1 Hoffmans Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317


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.  1755 Creek Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317


Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead

The Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead, located in Ridley Creek State Park, serves as a captivating living history museum that transports visitors back to the 18th century. This meticulously restored working farm offers an immersive experience, showcasing the daily life of colonial settlers. Costumed interpreters engage visitors with demonstrations of traditional farming techniques, blacksmithing, and domestic chores, providing a vivid portrayal of the era.  The property features a variety of historic structures, including a farmhouse, barn, and outbuildings, each furnished with period-appropriate artifacts. Educational programs and special events further enrich the experience, highlighting aspects of colonial life such as cooking, weaving, and animal husbandry. 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA


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.  11 Veterans Sq., Media, PA 19063


Italian Cultural Center of the Delaware Valley

Located inside the historic Lazaretto in Tinicum Township on the Delaware County waterfront, it showcases a variety of exhibits that highlight the cultural, artistic, and historical impact of Italian immigrants and their descendants in the region. Visitors can explore displays of traditional Italian art, music, and literature, as well as artifacts and memorabilia that tell the stories of families and individuals who have shaped the local community.  In addition to the center, the Lazaretto currently holds exhibition rooms for the Tinicum Township Historical Society and the Swedish Society. 97 Wanamaker Avenue, Essington, PA 19029


Paper Mill House (NSHS Headquarters & Museum)

This charming historical site offers a glimpse into the region’s industrial past. Constructed in the late 18th century, this stone building originally served as a mill worker’s home and office for the adjacent paper mill, which played a crucial role in the local economy. The museum is operated by the Newtown Square Historical Society and showcases a variety of artifacts, photographs, and exhibits detailing the history of the mill and the community it supported.  Visitors can explore the well-preserved rooms, furnished with period pieces that evoke the daily lives of the mill workers and their families. The museum also features informative displays about the paper-making process and the evolution of the local industry.  Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply looking for a peaceful outing, the Paper Mill House Museum offers a unique and enriching experience. 3 Paper Mill Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073


Photo Credit: Newtown Square Historical Society


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.  12 E State St, Media, PA 19063


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.  301 Iven Ave, Wayne, PA 19087