Michener Art Museum collects both historic and contemporary American works, with a focus on the art of Bucks County, with a permanent collection of more than 2,700 objects. A fine collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings, and strong Arts and Crafts and modern studio-furniture holdings represent the traditions of southeastern Pennsylvania, as the museum continues to build its holdings of contemporary painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts.
Notable are Thomas Hicks' and Jonathan Trego's mid-19th-century portraits, and Edward W. Redfield's 20th-century impressionist landscapes.
With a contemporary addition, the massive stone walls and warden's house that make up the core of the Michener Art Museum today began as the Bucks County prison in 1884. The outdoor sculpture garden and terrace occupy what was once the prison yard.
Selections from the NHSD art collection
Works by 300+ students in Museum art programs
70 paintings plus video & audio recordings document their lives and careers
Impressionist paintings depicting life in New Hope
Visual documents of lives and landscapes across the globe
27 regional works highlight significant American modern art developments
Exploring the art, legacies, and stories of the collectors that have given to the museum
Immersive experience of sculptures and their digital representations
Drawings and watercolors of a regional painter capturing impressions abroad
Explores the stories behind the collections and the collectors
Works deal with community, conflict, and growth through interactive textile pieces of unexpected materials