Winterthur is close to staff and students for Thursday, March 5th.
Winterthur's Furniture Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 5, will begin at 10:00 am, a one-hour delay. Please call 302.888.4600 for updates.
Drawing of two parrots with yellow and red flowers. Attributed to Daniel Otto, probably Centre County, PA, c. 1815. L2012.1035.054

Members-Only Events and Programming


As a Winterthur Member, you can enjoy the benefits of membership through several opportunities this year. All the events and programs listed below are exclusive to Members. We will continue to update this throughout the year as new programs and events are planned, so please keep checking! To join Winterthur, visit our membership page.





A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life

February 28, 12:00–4:00 pm

All Members are invited to view A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life, in advance of its opening to the general public. Enjoy a special lecture with exhibition curator Lisa Minardi, special guided house tours and workshops focused on Pennsylvania German objects in the collections, artisan demonstrations in the Galleries Reception Atrium, and a beer garden in the Visitor Center Café. The Bookstore and cafés will be open, and our cafés will be offering Pennsylvania-German–inspired food. Members free. Member guests admitted with guest pass. Reservations required.


Library Open House
12:00–2:30 pm

Visit the Rare Books Room in the Winterthur Library with Linda Martin-Schaff, librarian, and Alex Ames, University of Delaware Ph.D. student, to see treasures from the library’s holdings of Pennsylvania German and related materials. Enjoy this special opportunity to see a display of materials rarely on view for visitors. No reservations required.



*For tours and workshops, please meet in the Galleries Reception Atrium unless otherwise noted.

Tureens and European Courtly Traditions SOLD OUT
Dining elegantly with tureens at the table is not part of everyday life for most Americans, but the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens at Winterthur preserves glorious Austro-Hungarian and German courtly examples to delight the eye and whet the appetite. This curator-led tour with Ann Wagner, associate curator of Decorative Arts, will highlight silver and ceramic table wares with stories to tell. Meet in the Campbell’s Soup Tureen display in Dorrance Gallery, 30-minute tour. Please call 800.448.3883 or e-mail for more information.

Regional Furniture Made by Friends and Their Neighbors SOLD OUT
Join Jackie Killian, curatorial fellow, for an exploration of the early region’s vibrant culture expressed through its furniture. On this tour, we’ll examine examples made by neighbors of Pennsylvania Germans—English and Irish Quakers— as well as Swedish and Dutch communities of the Mid-Atlantic, 45-minute tour. Please call 800.448.3883 or e-mail for more information.

Furniture of the Pennsylvania Germans SOLD OUT
Join Charles Hummel, Curator Emeritus, and Joshua Lane, Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Curator of Furniture, in Winterthur’s fourth-floor museum rooms for a behind-the-scenes tour exploring Pennsylvania German decorative arts and painted surfaces, 45-minute tour. Please call 800.448.3883 or e-mail for more information.



Pennsylvania German Fraktur: From A to Z SOLD OUT
Enjoy a special, behind-the-scenes study session with Lisa Minardi in which we will closely examine several dozen fraktur from the Winterthur collection. Learn how to identify the work of various makers as well as different types of fraktur, 45-minute workshop. Please call 800.448.3883 or e-mail for more information.

Pennsylvania German Slip-decorated Earthenwares…Or Not? SOLD OUT
This workshop will compare real (early) Pennsylvania- German material, English and German early sgraffito (scratched), and slip-decorated earthenware ceramics of somewhat similar appearance with modern reproductions. Hone your eye with Leslie Grigsby, senior curator of Ceramics and Glass, to discern the antique from the modern! 45-minute workshop,please call 800.448.3883 or e-mail for more information.

Behind the Scenes: Luscious Textiles from Southeastern Pennsylvania SOLD OUT
Winterthur’ founder Henry Francis du Pont loved the colorful textiles created by Pennsylvania Germans, and over many years he acquired what is considered to be one of the best collections in the country. This part of the collection has continued to grow. One important gift is the extraordinary collection of beautiful pattern-woven linens owned by Marguerite Porter Davison, one of the leaders of the American hand-weaving revival. Join Linda Eaton, John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles, to see the luscious linens and elaborate embroideries that are rarely on display. 45-minute workshop.Please call 800.448.3883 or e-mail for more information.






Member Discount: The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

February 13–May 24, 2015

Historic Landmark Building

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is offering a $5 adult admission ticket discount to all Winterthur Members during the run of this exhibition. The exhibition is focused on the period 1887–1920, and tells the story of American Impressionist artists and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century, bringing together paintings, sculpture, books, and stained glass. Winterthur Members show their membership card for discount. Winterthur is also extending a $5 adult general admission discount to Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Members to visit Winterthur, March 1–May 24, 2015.For more information on this exhibition, visit the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts website. For more information on other reciprocal discounts, please visit Winterthur's Reciprocal Admissions Privileges page.

Photo by Jeannette Lindvig

Members Housewarming Event

March 29, 11:00 am–3:00 pm

Celebrate the results of Winterthur's yearlong renovation, inside and out! Learn about the restoration project and the architecture and history of the house; take an outside tour around the house; enjoy a guided Spring Tour inside the house; and reserve a special Member-exclusive tour featuring H. F. du Pont's style of entertaining at Winterthur during the spring. Then, experience the elegance of dining like a du Pont during a special afternoon tea with selections from original menus created by H. F. du Pont for special occasions. Members receive a special house-inspired gift. Members free. Member guests admitted with guest pass. Lecture at 1:00 pm. Reservations required for the day's events. Call 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600. Make reservations for Afternoon Tea by calling 302.888.4826.


Members Garden Day

May 17, 11:00 am–3:00 pm

This day is all about you and the garden! Includes a special guest lecture and book signing with renowned landscape architect W. Gary Smith. Enjoy guided garden walks, peonies and primroses tours, special access to Winterthur's own horticulture staff, light refreshments at Icewell Terrace, and a plant sale. Members free. Members guests admitted with guest pass. Lecture at 2:30 pm. Reservations required for lectures only.


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