Yuletide house tours sold out for Saturday, November 23 and December 6. Limited tickets for Costumes of Downton Abbey still available.

Resources for Teachers


Need a few ideas to help reinforce the great things your students learned during a Winterthur school program? Need a bit of inspiration to guide your use of objects as primary sources in the classroom? Look no further! We’ve assembled some great pre-materials, and we offer workshops on a regular basis where you can try activities to use with your own students.  

Pre-Visit Materials

Teachers who book a Winterthur school program receive detailed information about the program content and curriculum in their confirmation packet.  A brief powerpoint presentation about the history of Winterthur is available here.  Download a PDF version of the presentation, which also serves as the script, here.


Classroom Connections

In addition to on-site and off-site programs for teachers and schools, Winterthur also provides teachers with a quarterly e-newsletter titled Classroom Connections, which provides information on the programs we are currently offering and activities that can be integrated into classroom curriculum. Our latest in-classroom activity is related to our Ritual and Revolution program. Click on the following links for activity-related worksheets: question and answer activity sheet (for teachers), questions-only sheet (for students), and image-only sheet (for teachers and students). To sign up for the quarterly e-newsletter, please visit our sign-up page.



2014 Teacher Workshops

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please call the Winterthur Information and Tours office at 302.888.4600 or 800.448.3883 to register.  The cost is $15 per person for each workshop, unless otherwise noted. Winterthur Members are admitted free.  Delaware teachers wishing to receive credit should also register through the Delaware Teacher Center by calling 800.282.8770.  Attendance is limited.

Learning to Read and Write: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Saturday, March 22; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
As K-12 educators adjust to new, tech-driven approaches to student reading and writing, come to Winterthur to explore the history of literacy education in America. Learn about 18th-century educational theory and practice, study original Pennsylvania German curriculum materials, and get ideas for integrating literacy instruction into your own art and social studies lessons. Write and illustrate your own illuminated manuscript, just as Pennsylvania-German schoolteachers did 250 years ago.   

Renew Yourself!
Saturday, May 3; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
As the school year reaches its zenith, restore your sense of curiosity and creativity. Relax in the Winterthur Garden, take a tour of the house, and try fun, curriculum-based, hands-on activities that you can use in your classroom.


The Science Behind Art Conservation
Wednesday, July 16; 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Winterthur conservators and scientists will lead science and art teachers in case-based explorations of the scientific principles behind art conservation. Examine objects close up in the conservation labs, watch conservators in action, and learn practical ways to apply what you learn to your classroom teaching. Special price of $15 per member; $25 per non-member includes lunch.


Real Life Downton Abbey
Saturday, October 4; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Thirty-five costumes from the hit period drama form the basis of an exhibition about country house life in England and America during the early twentienth century. Come talk with the curators of Costumes of Downton Abbey and investigate period documents to learn more about what life was like at Winterthur both upstairs and downstairs.   

Saturday, December 6; 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Enjoy Winterthur in all its seasonal splendor! Take a Yuletide Tour and learn more about preparations involved in this annual display, then try your hand at creating some Yuletide décor of your own.


Field Trip Scholarship Application

Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, scholarships are available to qualifying groups based on diversity of student population, percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch, and the amount of state or federal aid the organization receives. Such financial aid can cover off-site program costs, student admission fees, and transportation costs of up to $250 per day. 

E-mail the information, requested below, to kwynne@winterthur.org or send it in a letter to the School Programs Office, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware 19735. Alternatively, fax the application letter to us at 302.888.4953.  

If you prefer, you can print and fill out this application form and mail or fax it to us.

Apply as soon as possible after making your reservation. We will notify you within two days of receipt to confirm the amount of your award. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Requested Information

Date and title of your program



Teacher’s e-mail address and phone number

School district

Number of students who receive free or reduced lunches

Amount of state/federal aid your organization receives

Name or person or group who usually pays for museum programs or trips

Whether you are applying for transportation funding and the estimated amount needed.


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