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A walk around Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is quite simply a study in world-renowned art, antiques and collectables. From the walls to the grounds, art of various mediums: paintings, sculptures, furniture, glasswork and historical artifacts are showcased for guest enjoyment. Our founder, Joseph A. Hardy, III has always shown a great appreciation for art and an even greater passion for sharing his personal collection with others.
Consisting of over 1,000 individual pieces and valued at roughly $45 million, the Hardy Family Art Collection graces all aspects of the resort from the Presidential Suite to the to the most remote field of high grasses. The collection includes artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alexander Calder, Fernando Botero, Clarice Smith, Giampaolo Seguso, Frederic Remington, Tiffany Studios, Howard Behrens, J.J. Audubon and Frank Stella.
Nemacolin boasts four specific on-property museums, each showcasing one-of-a-kind pieces from the private Hardy Family Art Collection. Located near Paige’s Beach and our animal habitats is the resort’s newest museum, The Magical Fashion World of Shells opened in 2010, which displays hundreds of precious shells that have been uncovered throughout the world’s shores. This museum also plays host to a handful of antique Thames Racers. The Woodlands Auto Toy Store opened in September 2000 and features a wide variety of rare and antique automobiles including a 1950 Captain America Bike signed by Peter Fonda. Located at the end of Nemacolin’s airstrip, the Pride and Joy Airplane Hanger includes a private collection of vintage aircraft, including a 1931 Pitcarin PA-8. This rare and classic plane, fully restored and airworthy, was once in the collection of the late movie star and Hollywood icon, Steve McQueen. Your visit is not complete without a stop at the Peter J. Magerko Gun Museum. The Gun Museum showcases an amazing collection of over 460 early American firearms that tamed the Wild West. The collection consists primarily of Winchester and Parker firearms, along with Savage, Stevens, Fox and L. C. Smith.