On December 6, the Winterthur Galleries will close to the public at 4:00 pm.

Current Tours


Winterthur enhances and develops new tours during the year. Please note, no tours are available November 10–20, 2015, due to preparation for Yuletide at Winterthur. Private reserved tours, however, are still available during this time. Call 800.448.3883 to reserve a private tour.The following tours are available, November 21, 2015–January 3, 2016.

View pricing information here.

Note: Reserved tours may be booked via the contacts shown below or, if space is available, may be reserved on arrival at a Winterthur reception desk.



Yuletide Tour

November 21, 2015–January 3, 2016

Tour Henry Francis du Pont's home decorated in holiday style! Enjoy visions of holidays past—from dazzling rooms to sparkling trees, including the famous dried-flower tree!

Floors 1, 5 & 6; 1 hour; please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org for more information.


Discovery Tours (requiring separate tickets)


Distinctive Collections

On the Distinctive Collections tour, take a stroll down Shop Lane, a brick street flanked by storefronts of the 18th and 19th centuries, and go “window shopping” among the displays of English ceramics, gleaming silver, and lustrous copper cookwares. You’ll also visit the China Shop, filled with rare Chinese porcelains, and the End Shop, where shelves laden with bolts of cloth and utilitarian wares recall a general dry goods store from the 1800s. On the 8th floor, you will see the uniquely American collections of earthenware and stoneware pottery and the spare and calming Shaker rooms as well as Dutch Hudson Valley furniture from colonial New York, bedrooms furnished with Pennsylvania German artifacts, and the delightful Child’s Room, with its child-sized, four-poster canopy bed and timeless toys that run on imagination alone.

Floors 3 & 8; 1 hour; Adult [age 8 and above ]; please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org for more information.

Antiques & Architecture

When H. F. and Ruth Wales du Pont lived here, they called the fourth floor the entrance floor since it is where they welcomed their guests in rooms designed to create fabulous first impressions. Today visitors on the Antiques & Architecture Tour will see those reception rooms and surrounding spaces filled with outstanding collections of furniture and accessories dating primarily from the 18th century, with particular emphasis on high-style Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture from the mid-1700s. Contrasting with these elegant interiors are colorful Pennsylvania German fraktur and painted chests displayed against the architectural backdrop of a rustic 1750s stone farmhouse. Specialty collections include an array of mold-blown glass pocket flasks from the early 1800s, an expansive display of iron cooking implements, Philadelphia pewter from the mid-1700s, and cupboards full of diverse ceramics including colorful delftwares from England and the Netherlands, whimsical Pennsylvania German sgraffito, refined creamware by Wedgwood in a variety of patterns, and Chinese porcelains in the famille rose palette, which was H. F. du Pont’s personal favorite.

Floor 4; 1 hour; Adult [age 8 and above ]; please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org for more information.

American Interiors

When the du Ponts resided at Winterthur, their family bedrooms were located on the 7th floor, now included on the American Interiors Tour. Here you will visit Ruth du Pont’s private retreat filled with her delicate Federal-style furnishings and H. F. du Pont’s bedroom and office suite, the nerve center of the Winterthur estate, with the sturdy New England Queen Anne and Chippendale style furniture he favored. Featured collections include delightful miniature furnishings, children’s tea sets, and sample pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries in the Miniature Stair Hall, while the Billiard Room displays the only known American billiard table made before 1825. Collections of needlework, silver, painted tin, drafting and surveying instruments, and jewelry are highlighted, along with magnificent mid 18th–century furniture crafted in Newport, Rhode Island and outstanding examples of painted furniture from Baltimore made in the early years of the new nation.

Floor 7. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.) for more information.

Private Tours

Ask about our Private Tours and have a custom tour of the house or study a particular aspect of Henry Francis du Pont’s magnificent collection. Reservations required two weeks in advance.

Adult; 2 hr.; 5 person limit. **Reservation 2 weeks in advance preferred. Call 800.448.3883 or e-mail tourinfo@winterthur.org.

For families with children under 8 years old, Winterthur offers many fun alternatives. Kids can explore the Touch-It Room, grab a backpack and read, visit the Hands on History Cart (Saturdays), and roam the Enchanted Woods! Visit the family programs Web page for more information.



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