Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance

Media Contact: Daniel McCunney, Chair
mdmccunney@delmnh.org
(302) 658-9111 x313.

Save Up to $350 on Visits to Cultural and Horticultural Treasures

(Wilmington, DE-April 4, 2014) For the sixth year in a row, members of the Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance have collaborated on the Alliance's signature annual Treasure Trail Passport Program. The Passport entitles users to one-time free admission to each of eleven Delaware and Pennsylvania art and history museums and public gardens. The Passport is valid from Saturday, May 24, 2014 (the beginning of Memorial Day weekend) through Monday, September 1, 2014 (Labor Day); some restrictions apply. For just $45 per adult, or $95 for a family of two adults and up to three children, visitors receive a Brandywine Treasure Trail Map and a Passport that allows the Passport-holder to visit eleven Brandywine Valley attractions: the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, The Delaware Contemporary, Delaware Historical Society & Read House, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Mansion & Gardens, Rockwood Park & Museum, and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

The Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport Program is a collaboration of the Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance, whose membership consists of select attractions located within a ten-mile radius centered near Wilmington, Delaware. In addition to providing Passport-holders a convenient summer leisure itinerary, the Alliance aims to entice new visitors to each attraction by offering significant savings: the Passport saves a family of five up to $350 and an individual up to $75. Admission to all eleven attractions can total over $445 for a family of five and over $120 for an individual.

Here are what some survey respondents said about their 2013 Passport experiences:

• "My best friend and I had an absolutely perfect long weekend in the Brandywine Valley! I can't believe how much there is to do there in a very convenient triangle area. We were also pleased that there is such a nice variety of quality attractions there, too. Art, history, gardens, great dining, antiques, wineries -- what a fun time we had!" (Pittsburgh, PA)

• "Our family really enjoyed working on our passport this summer. I believe in combining education with fun family time. This was perfect!! ... The price was worth it for a family." (Parkesburg, PA)

• "What a fabulous find!! My mother grew up in South Jersey and had been to Longwood Gardens once as a child but it was the first visit for my father, my sister and myself. We absolutely adored all of the sites we visited...Will recommend highly to anyone traveling in the area!" (San Antonio, TX)

• "For the past several years we have visited with out-of-town guests and spent the day. A great way to entertain guests." (Middle River, MD)

• "... We were always saying ‘we should go there' but never got around to it. The pass made it a challenge ... must fill out the squares! A few times we started out so early we were able to do two or more in a day." (Upper Darby, PA)

• "Looking for museums and other Delaware area attractions to take my grandchildren and saw a link to the Passport ... [Longwood Gardens] was my Grandmother's favorite place in the entire world." (Wilmington, DE)

• "All the attractions I was able to visit with my two toddlers showed appreciation and were welcoming. We had an interesting time on all our visits and the children (and I) learned new things. Accommodations for potty / diapers and picnicking are always useful / enjoyed. Thank you for a fun summer 'staycation.'" (Wilmington, DE)

• "Passport was great value for the money. I bought them as gifts too." (Bristol, PA)

Passports will be available May 24, 2014 at all eleven member sites and at the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau. Or don't leave home at all: purchase online now at www.brandywinetreasures.org and have a Passport delivered by mail in time for Mother's Day, Father's Day or graduation.

Passports are non-refundable and non-transferable. If lost or stolen, passports cannot be replaced. Valid for one general admission visit at each site. Passports are only valid May 24-September 1, 2014, regardless of purchase date. Not valid for special events or tours. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply; guests are encouraged to visit the Alliance website or call specific attractions for details.

Reservations are required at Nemours Mansion & Gardens, and Longwood Gardens and Winterthur Museum both require timed tickets. Make time for a meal or tea at Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens and Winterthur, and for award winning gift shops at nearly all of the attractions.

The passport program is funded, in part, by the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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About Us

The Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance promotes the art, culture, history, and beauty of the Brandywine Valley, and provides a central resource for journalists. For more information, visit www.brandywinetreasures.org or contact Michelle Ullman, 610-388-5275, mullman@longwoodgardens.org

Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance Members

Brandywine River Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; www.brandywinemuseum.org. Lora Englehart, 610-388-8337; lenglehart@brandywine.org.

Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806; www.delart.org. Jessica Jenkins, 302-351-8558; jjenkins@delart.org.

The Delaware Contemporary, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE 19801; www.thedcca.org. Sara Monserrat Teixido, 302-656-6466, x. 7110; steixido@thedcca.org.

Delaware Historical Society (includes Delaware History Museum in Wilmington and George Read II House and Gardens in New Castle), 504 Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801; www.dehistory.org. MaryLynn Mack, 302-295-2390; MLMack@dehistory.org.

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Delaware Route 52, Wilmington, DE 19807; www.delmnh.org. Daniel McCunney, 302-658-9111, dmccunney@delmnh.org.

Hagley Museum and Library, DE Route 141, Wilmington, DE 19807; www.hagley.org. Meg Marcozzi, 302-658-2400, ext. 238; mmarcozzi@hagley.org.

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348; www.longwoodgardens.org. Michelle Ullman, 610-388-5275; mullman@longwoodgardens.org.

Mt. Cuba Center, Inc., 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707; www.mtcubacenter.org. Sara Stevenson, 302-239-4244 ext. 243; sstevenson@mtcubacenter.org.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens, Alapocas Drive and Powder Mill Road (DE Route 141), Wilmington, DE 19803; www.nemoursmansion.org. Steven Maurer, 302-651-6912, smaurer@nemours.org.

Rockwood Park & Museum, 610 Shipley Rd., Wilmington, DE 19805; www.rockwood.org. Carey Corbin, 302-761-1722; ccorbin@nccde.org.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, DE Route 52, Winterthur, DE 19735; www.winterthur.org. Liz Farrell, 302-888-4803; lfarrell@winterthur.org.


Tourist Boards

Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 West 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801-1661; 302-652-4088. www.visitwilmingtonde.com.

Brandywine Conference & Visitors Bureau, 1501 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063, 800-343-3983. www.brandywinecvb.org.

Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau, 300 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348, 484-770-8550. www.brandywinevalley.com.

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