Current Tours

 

Winterthur enhances and develops new tours during the year. The tours listed below are our current offerings for summer/fall 2015 (June 30, 2015–November 8, 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)


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.

 

Floors 1, 3 & 8; 1 hour; 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, 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.

Estate Tour

Get a glimpse of the former dairy and farm while exploring the ever-changing estate landscape on this narrated tram tour led by a specially trained guide. Enjoy an insider's view, hear accounts of estate history, and see how we have repurposed historical work areas.

June–September; 45 minutes; leaves from east circle near Dorrance Gallery. For mor information, visit the garden page.

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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