Current Tours

 

 

Winterthur enhances and develops new tours during the year. Below are our current offerings.

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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


Yuletide at Winterthur
(November 19, 2016–January 8, 2017)

 

 

 

Celebrate the season with the Brandywine Valley's most spectacular holiday showcase, celebrating Christmas through the eyes of children. Experience sparkling trees and creative displays and peek in on several American Christmas vignettes.

 

Floors 1, 4, and 5, Family friendly; 1 hour. Call 800.448.3883, e-mail tourinfo@winterthur.org.

Reserved Tours (requiring separate tickets)


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  2, 3 & 8; (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.)

Fashionable Furnishings

On the Fashionable Furnishings tour imagine yourself visiting Winterthur in the 1930s as you tour the gracious guest bedrooms, each furnished entirely to a different style period, which were enjoyed by H. F. and Ruth du Pont’s special friends. The collections emphasize high-style furniture dating from the early 1700s through the mid–1800s and feature beds dressed with colorful whole-cloth quilts and embroidered bed curtains. You will also see a dramatic dining room decorated with impressive Empire furniture and gilded copper lustre dishes and the large and inviting Memorial Library, lined floor-to-ceiling with books and providing delightful views from windows overlooking the Winterthur Garden. Local visitors in particular will appreciate seeing a room from a Wilmington, Delaware, home filled with furniture, maps, and images from Wilmington, New Castle, and Odessa. Special collections include early American glass, Liverpool jugs, a large array of “impolitical” prints documenting the increasing tensions between Britain and her North American colonies in the years leading up to the American Revolution, and a room filled with memorabilia honoring America’s great Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.
 

Floor 6. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. 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 and those rooms are now included on the American Interiors tour. On this tour, 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, filled with the sturdy New England Queen Anne and Chippendale style furniture he favored. Featured collections on this tour include delightful miniature furnishings, children’s tea sets, and sample pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries in the Miniature Stair Hall. The Billiard Room, also on the tour, 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 7; 1 hour; 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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