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Current Tours

 

Winterthur enhances and develops new tours during the year. The tours listed below are our current offerings for spring 2015 (March 1, 2015–June 28, 2015).


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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.

 

Non-Reserved Tours

 

Introductory Tour


The Introductory Tour takes you into the premier entertaining rooms enjoyed by H. F. du Pont’s friends in the 1930s and ’40s. At that time, guests arriving at Winterthur for a country house weekend were ushered first to the Marlboro Room for afternoon tea and later were escorted to the magnificent dining room for a meal consisting almost entirely of foods grown on the Winterthur estate. After dinner, guests might repair to the Chinese Parlor to enjoy a game of cards while listening to Ruth du Pont play show tunes on her Steinway, or they might relax in the Conservatory amid H. F. du Pont’s ever-changing display of blooming plants, before ascending the elegant curving Montmorenci Staircase to their bedrooms. Walk in their footsteps among the exquisite objects that make up H. F. du Pont’s premier collection of American decorative arts and elegant rooms accented with abundant flowers taken fresh from the Winterthur cutting garden and greenhouses.

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

Once Upon a Family

Learn about the lifestyle of the du Pont family while exploring rooms and spaces where they played, worked, and entertained. This fun, interactive tour is designed especially for families with children ages 4–11.

Floor 5 and garden, weather permitting; 1 hour; please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org for more information.General admission option. Tour availablle daily at 12:30 pm

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 eighth 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-size, four-poster canopy bed and timeless toys that run on imagination alone.

Floors 1, 3 & 8; 1 hour; please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org for more information.

Antiques & Architecture

When H. F. and Ruth Wales du Pont lived at Winterthur, 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. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.) for more information.

My Favorite Things: Behind the Scenes with Winterthur Curators and Experts

These special tours with our curators and staff will be your backstage pass to unveiling the secrets and treasures of the museum, Galleries, and collection storage areas. Visit the My Favorite Things Tour web page for more information.

 

 

Two-Hour Reserved Tours (requiring a separate ticket)

Winterthur, Then and Now

This tour features the magnificent garden as well as several floors of the house. It focuses on the life of the du Pont family in the first half of the 20th century, the development of the collection of American decorative arts, and the evolution of a private estate into a public resource.

(Adult [age 8 and above ]; 2 hrs. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.) for more information.

Conservation

Go into any major museum in America and odds are good that the conservators who care for the collections trained at Winterthur. Tour the world-famous conservation laboratories where works of art and antiquity are examined, studied, and cared for by expert conservators.

Adult (age 8); 2 hr. 1:00–3:00 pm first Wednesday of every month; 10 person limit. Call 800.448.3883 or e-mail tourinfo@winterthur.org.

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.


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. Tours are subject to change. Please call in advance to ensure tour availability.

 
 


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