The Wings Foundation Auditorium can
host a conference or evening program, with
theater-style seating for 120 guests.
Also open to groups is the Delaware
Children’s Museum, with over 37,000
square feet of interactive, hands-on activities.
While Riverfront Wilmington is a magnet
for the arts and entertainment, other
areas of the city spotlight the city’s cultural
strengths as well.
One of Wilmington’s main draws is the
Delaware Art Museum, with roots back to
the founding of the Wilmington Society of
the Fine Arts in 1912. The museum regularly exhibits works from its collection of
over 100 Howard Pyle art pieces alongside
the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite
art outside the British Isles. Other artists
represented included N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield
Parrish and Frank E. Schoonover.
Unique event spaces include a grand
entrance hall, a contemporary asymmetrical reception space and an outdoor patio
and sculpture garden. The museum’s permanent collection galleries and traveling
exhibition spaces can also be used.
“Groups can do workshops and organize
scavenger hunts,” Bittmann said. “There are
teambuilding exercises, such as picking up
and continuing what someone else is work-
ing on. There are also clay workshops.”
Just over the Northern Delaware border,
in Chadds Ford, Pa., the Brandywine River
Museum of Art offers groups tours of the
collection, which includes three genera-
tions of Wyeth family art. Six of the galleries
can be open during an off-site event in
the evenings and up to 120 guests can be
accommodated for a seated dinner and up
to 600 for a cocktail-only reception. Other
spaces to rent include the first floor muse-
um restaurant and lecture room.
The museum also offers shuttles to
the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio and the
Andrew Wyeth Studio. Both studios are
owned by the museum and were gifted by
the artist’s wife, Betsy James Wyeth, and
both are National Historic Landmarks. The
studios are open for group tours.
Some of the city’s smaller galleries
can host off-site functions, such as the
Carspecken-Scott Gallery, which exhibits works by contemporary Eastern and
Mid-Atlantic artists, and the two-story
Chris White Gallery.
The Mezzanine Gallery, located in
Wilmington’s Carvel State Office Building
and open to groups, features one-person
exhibitions of Delaware artists that include
painting, photography, sculpture and folk
At the core of Wilmington’s cultural
scene is a variety of performing arts and
theater groups. One of the most historic
venues, the Grand Opera House, was built
in 1871 and features a diversity of live
performances with more than 100 shows a
year, from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and OperaDelaware to the First State
Ballet Theatre and stand-up comedians.
“The Grand Opera House will work with
groups on meetings and can partner with
caterers,” Bittmann said.
Both the Grand Opera House and Baby
Grand theater offer options for off-site
events or a corporate meeting.
The Queen, an old movie house that had
been dormant for 60 years, was restored
using the pillars and brick from the original
building and was turned into a modern
music venue run by Live Nation. The
stained-glass artworks there now depict
the likes of Beyonce, Pink and more-under-ground acts like Primus. The theater can
host events and offers custom menus and
Other smaller companies and venues
include Playhouse on Rodney Square,
featuring off-Broadway productions.
The Wilmington Drama League is one of
the oldest community theaters in the country, while the Candlelight Theatre in North
Wilmington also features a wide variety of
For a hands-on art experience, Liquid
Alchemy Beverages, which makes its
own craft meads and ciders, organizes
paint nights as well as plant nights where
attendees can make their own terrariums.
Its gluten-free honey-based wines and
mixed drinks have won multiple medals in
“It’s a cool spot and they are such won-
derful people to work with,” Bittmann said.
Plant Nite also offers groups wine and
cocktails while attendees can create a
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