Bucks County
Michener Art Museum: Humble Beginnings


Michener Art Museum

A center for culture and beauty, the James A. Michener Art Museum was actually born from a place of fear and despair in 1988. 

The museum is housed in the former 19th century Bucks County prison. Based in Doylestown, the historic landmark is also home to the largest public collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings and named after a Pulitzer Prize winning author and Bucks County native.

With more than 35,000 square feet, the Michener also includes nationally touring special exhibitions, work from regional artists in distinctive galleries, the quiet and serene Nakashima Reading Room and an eclectic and energizing outdoor sculpture garden. 

There's also lots of shopping, plenty of things to do and dining options in nearby downtown Doylestown like Zen Den, M.O.M.'s Maxwell's on Main, Empanada Mama, Genevieve's Kitchen, The Hattery Stove & Still and Doylestown Brewing Company

You can park, stay at the Doylestown Inn or Hargrave House, walk over to the Mercer Museum, take in the Michener, go back into town for something to eat and then head over to Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works.

The Michener Art Museum has grown steadily over the last 25 years including the addition of the 2,500-square-foot Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion for educational programs, corporate meetings, weddings and other celebrations. The museum is also perfect for groups with available guided tours, accessibility for visitors with disabilities and ample free parking.