Current Tours

 

 

Winterthur enhances and develops new tours during the year. Below are our current offerings. These tours will begin on March 1 and run through June 26, 2016, unless otherwise indicated

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

 

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. 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. A new display on the Spring Tour this year will address the perennial question, "Where are the bathrooms?" When Winterthur opened as a museum, the bathrooms were removed to create more display areas, but when it was a private house the du Pont's guests all enjoyed the luxury of private baths. Sleek and modern to conform to ideals of comfort and cleanliness in the 1930s; they were fully designed spaces with linens and accessories coordinated to the color scheme of adjacent bedrooms. With photographs, floorplans, linens, and objects from the Winterthur bathrooms, along with fully-stocked shelves of vintage toiletries and cleaning supplies from the du Pont's own inventories, visitors will get a sense of how the du Ponts provided for their guests’ comfort.

Floors 5 & 6, Family friendly; 1 hour. Call 800.448.3883, e-mail tourinfo@winterthur.org.



Time Traveler's Tour

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 and includes a take-home sticker album and activity book. Bring the completed book back to the Visitor Center to receive a special Time Traveler’s patch and a signed certificate.

Floors 5 & 6 and garden, weather permitting; 1 hour; please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org for more information.General admission option. Tour available daily at 12:30 pm.

Reserved Tours (requiring separate tickets)


One Crafty Tour

Bring a few friends for a short tour of select items in the museum, intended to inspire your own creations. Choose from either of two projects: bright, colorful Shrinky Dink pendants or earrings that are inspired by ceramic dishes; or bold pendants made from Sculpey that riff on a type of 18th-century embroidery. All materials are provided.

Available Tuesday-Sunday, 2:00–4:00 pm; up to 5 people; 2 hours (45 minute tour, 75 minutes for crafting); must book at least 1 week in advance; $100 per group.

 

Distinctive Collections: East Meets West

While the Made in the Americas exhibition is in the Galleries, this tour will explore the ways in which, from the earliest period of European settlement, Americans were influenced by artisans and goods from around the globe, including international trade and cross-cultural influences on North American decorative arts in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. These rooms contain many objects in various media that recall the rich panoply of sources and inspirations that informed the ways in which early Americans furnished their homes. These include objects displaying the Asian influence emphasized in the exhibition, but also those representing influences from various European countries as well as Native American cultures.

Runs March 26, 2016 through January 8, 2017; floors 1, 2, 3 & 8; (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.)

Antiques & Architecture

H. F. du Pont called the fourth floor of his house the entrance floor when he and Ruth Wales du Pont lived here since this is where they welcomed their guests in rooms designed to create fabulous first impressions. Today visitors on this 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. 

Floors 1 & 4; (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.)

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.


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

Winterthur Then & 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.

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 3 days in advance preferred. Call 800.448.3883 or e-mail tourinfo@winterthur.org.

 

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.

 


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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