James A. Michener Art Museum

Showcase for Pennsylvania Impressionism and other notable arts of the region

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The James A. Michener Art Museum in New Hope, PA.

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Bucks County CVB

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The Experience

In the heart of Bucks County, the Michener Art Museum houses the finest collection anywhere of Pennsylvania Impressionist painters. Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, Daniel Garber and other artists of the Bucks County school are well represented — including Garber’s magnificent mural, A Wooded Watershed, rescued and placed here.

You’ll also find a room filled with the powerfully organic forms of furniture by George Nakashima, the pioneering woodworker who lived and worked in Bucks County. And the Michener mounts regular shows of paintings, photography and other kinds of art, often with a regional connection.

History

Opened in 1988, the Michener is named for bestselling author James Michener, a Doylestown native son, who first envisioned the museum. The museum has expanded around its original buildings, the Neo-Gothic guardhouse and warden’s office of a former 19th-century prison.