To all you art lovers out there, we have the perfect day-trip activity for you! Dive into Lancaster’s rich history and discover one of the area’s most famous painters: Charles Demuth. You can tour his former home and studio at the Demuth Museum, see his watercolors and paintings, and visit the gardens. We promise you’ll have a lovely afternoon, rain or shine! Read on to learn more about the Demuth Museum and start planning your visit today.
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Step Into a Famous Painter’s Studio at the Demuth Museum
Who Was Charles Demuth?
Charles Demuth was an American painter and watercolorist, born in Lancaster in 1883. He is known for developing a style of painting known as Precisionism and turning to oils late in his career. Rising through the hardships, Demuth graduated from Franklin and Marshall Academy and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He even traveled to Paris to be a part of the avant-garde scene. Throughout his life, Demuth produced over a thousand works of art. This includes the well-known “My Egypt,” which was inspired by grain elevators in Lancaster.
There are plenty of things to see during your tour of the Demuth Museum. Travel back in time and discover a variety of collections and exhibitions featuring Charles’ history and artwork, as well as a display of his evolving style and artistic achievements. Learn about his personal life as you roam through his art studio and home.
Be sure to take a peek at the gardens on the way out! The flowers were cultivated by Demuth’s mother and featured in his renowned floral works. Historical buildings depicted in his paintings aren’t far away, either; you can spot some of them from his studio window. Or, visit a few! We recommend the Demuth Tobacco Shop, the oldest operating shop of its kind in America.
Don’t Stop There!
For more local artwork, visit the Lancaster Museum of Art. Reflective of the cultural and artistic renaissance taking place in Lancaster, this museum features high-quality exhibitions. From paintings and drawings to photography and ceramics, your visual art cravings will be satisfied!
Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn
After spending the day at the Demuth Museum, come home to a comfortable room at the Historic Smithton Inn! Our stunning accommodations are exactly what you are looking for this upcoming season. Surprise your significant other with a romantic getaway and relax in our elegant bed and breakfast.
Book our Chocolate Room! This spacious queen-size bedroom allows you to unwind and rejuvenate in the most soothing and peaceful atmosphere, Take a hot bath in the private bathroom, sit by the fireplace with a glass of wine in hand, and get a good night’s sleep! Wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and join us downstairs where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits you.
Book your stay today at the Historic Smithton Inn! We look forward to hosting you.