- September 28, 2017
With Halloween just around the corner and spooky folklore winding its way into our thoughts, the ghosts of Bucks County stir from their slumber and make their way into the urban legends borne of this area’s rich history. Though it opened to the public in 1988, the Michener Art Museum’s own history travels more than a century back in time. Unbeknownst to many of our patrons, the Museum property had its beginnings as an institution of a dramatically different sort, one with a history riddled by violence, imprisonment, and ultimately rumors of a supernatural kind.
Prior to becoming a presence in ... Read more...
- September 19, 2017
“People sometimes stare at me. Sometimes I explain to them about the Parkinson’s. Sometimes I ignore it and just keep on dancing. It is a way of coming to grips with a personal reality, moving through the difficulties, and moving forward.”
Jeff Roberts worked as a boat builder, wrote for a newspaper, and served in the Navy. He takes classes and volunteers at the Michener Museum and has three children and three grandchildren. He’s inspired by his native Bucks County and his meandering career path through education, business, government, and criminal justice. He’s a retired learning disability teacher. He has Parkinson’s ... Read more...
- August 31, 2017
As visitors walk into the Michener Art Museum, they are greeted by large arches and walls made of stone that evoke a haunting sense of the past. Behind sculpture gardens and beautiful exhibits, a weighty history lurks at the Museum. What is now a home and stunning testament to the arts and Bucks County culture was once a symbol of dolor in the town: the Bucks County Jail.
The Bucks County Jail was built in 1884 to replace the former jail on Main Street. While most of the dark and foreboding structure has now been torn down, signs of the past ... Read more...
- June 29, 2017
How important are the arts? To powerful elected officials in Washington, DC, the answer is apparently “Not very.” For the second time this year, we–along with myriad other institutions and individuals–are fighting to save the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, all of which might be eliminated. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Assistance for Arts Education are also at risk.
Together with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other regional organizations, the Michener is joining the #SaveTheArts movement to maintain federal funding for ... Read more...
- June 26, 2017
We are pleased to announce the second batch of winners of two FREE tickets to see Telly Leung perform at PNC Arts Alive Presents Broadway Cabaret at the Michener on Thursday, July 13!
Mrs. S. Pai
Congratulations to all! Our next drawing will be next Monday (July 3) at noon. If you haven’t already entered the sweepstakes, be sure to do it now! Read more...
- June 19, 2017
We are pleased to announce the first batch of winners of two FREE tickets to see Telly Leung perform at PNC Arts Alive Presents Broadway Cabaret at the Michener on Thursday, July 13!
Maxine Katz Ward
Congratulations to all! Our next drawing will be next Monday (June 26) at noon. If you haven’t already entered the sweepstakes, be sure to do it now!
- June 2, 2017
We are very saddened by the death of Herman Silverman, a Bucks County businessman and philanthropist who was a leading force in creating the Michener Art Museum. As a founder and chairman emeritus of the board of trustees, he contributed in myriad invaluable ways to the Museum over the past 30 years. Herman passed away on Wednesday at the age of 97. He will be deeply missed.
Herman Silverman was a very savvy and successful businessman, and an inspirational philanthropist. It is hard to imagine what Bucks County would be like without the wonderful institutions he helped to create and support, ... Read more...
- June 1, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that the Michener Art Museum curatorial staff announces the news of the death of collection artist John (“JJ”) Weiss as shared with us by former curator Brian Peterson.
John Joseph Weiss (1941-2017) was a photographer and celebrated educator who was the focus of a 1994 Michener Art Museum solo exhibition entitled The Face of Baseball. In 2013, the museum acquired over two hundred of his photographs with support from an anonymous donor. Weiss was inspired to assemble his own darkroom and teach himself photography after seeing the 1968 photography exhibition Light 7 at the Hayden ... Read more...
- May 18, 2017
According to GoodHousekeeping.com and MSN.com, Doylestown is the “most underrated attraction in Pennsylvania.”
If you’ve been here, you already know that Doylestown is a small, scenic borough with a vibrant cultural center. It’s home to two major museums: our very own James A. Michener Art Museum, a former prison that is now dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Delaware Valley region (we could say so much more here, but instead invite you to explore our website!), and the Mercer Museum, which features an extensive collection of objects representing everyday life in the pre-industrial age. Located ... Read more...
- May 9, 2017
It was standing room only in the Ann and Herman Silverman Education Pavilion this past Sunday, May 7 when over 150 people gathered to celebrate the Crossing Boundaries: The Best Part of Me opening reception!
Crossing Boundaries: The Best Part of Me is a collaboration between Bucks County and Philadelphia youth and the Michener Art Museum. Participating schools include Pine Run Elementary School in the Central Bucks School District, Pennwood Middle School in the Pennsbury School District, the International Learning Program in Doylestown, and the LINC High School in Philadelphia. The exhibition features 115 large format photographs focused on student interpretations of ... Read more...