Mission: Collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits american art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known bucks county artists of all eras and creative disiplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts.
Programs: The museum serves over 140,000 visitors annually, including 10,000 school children through class trips underwritten by a corporate sponsor and through the education classes and camps. Over 12,000 individuals are members of the museum which offers a variety of lectures, workshops, classes, musical performances and other activities related to its diverse changing exhibitions program. The museum's focused permanent collection is supplemented by over 10 changing exhibitions annually drawn from a broad range of art historical and cultural genres. Working with the university of pennsylvania press, the museum has published over a dozen catalogues documenting its research and exhibition activities during the past ten years. American paintings, drawings, sculpture, craft and decorative objects comprise the permanent collection of over 2,500 items documenting the region's rich artistic heritage from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The James A Michener Art Museum is a treasure. Located in Doylestown, PA, which is in the heart of Bucks County's art community but miles from Center City Philadelphia, the Michener's permanent collections, special exhibits, classes and events are comparable to anything in a major city. As a bonus, the museum is a manageable size, which means you can enjoy the art without exhaustion. I have particularly enjoyed the curators lectures, which allow the average Joe to have a terrific art history lesson, and the special exhibits which showcase not only the art, but the creativity of the curators. The museum is also very welcoming of children and offers numerous classes, merit badge opportunities and camps. Doylestown is a gem of a town, and the Michener adds the panache of wonderful art.