Current Tours - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Current Tours



Winterthur enhances and develops new tours during the year. New spring tours begin on March 1, 2017.


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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
(March 1–October 29, 2017)




The Introductory Tour  takes you into the premier entertaining rooms enjoyed by H. F. du Pont’s friends in the 1930s and ’40s with beautiful spring enhancements from the garden. 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.

Floors 5, Family friendly; 1 hour. Call 800.448.3883, e-mail

Time Traveler's Tour
(March 1–October 29, 2017)

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 and garden, weather permitting; 1 hour; please call 800.448.3883 or email for more information.General admission option. Tour available daily at 12:30 pm.

Reserved Tours (requiring separate tickets)

Winterthur, Then and Now 
(March 1–October 29, 2017) 

This tour features the magnificent garden as well as several floors of the house, the Dorrance Gallery, and the Winterthur Library. 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 for more information. Garden portion of tour is weather permitting.

Distinctive Collections
(July 4–November 17, 2017 )

On the Distinctive Collections Tour take a stroll down Shop Lane, a brick street flanked by storefronts of the 18th and 19th centuries, and go “window shopping” among the displays of English ceramics, gleaming silver, and lustrous copper cookwares. You’ll also visit the China Shop, filled with rare Chinese porcelains, and the End Shop, where shelves laden with bolts of cloth and utilitarian wares recall a general dry goods store from the 1800s. On the 8th floor, you will see the uniquely American collections of earthenware and stoneware pottery and the spare and calming Shaker rooms as well as Dutch Hudson Valley furniture from colonial New York, bedrooms furnished with Pennsylvania German artifacts, and the delightful Child’s Room, with its child-sized, four-poster canopy bed and timeless toys that run on imagination alone

Floors  1, 3 & 8 (October 29, 2017 to November 17, 2017 Floors 3 & 8 only) (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email

Antiques & Architecture
(March 1–October 29, 2017)

When H. F. and Ruth Wales du Pont lived here, they called the fourth floor the entrance floor since it is where they welcomed their guests in rooms designed to create fabulous first impressions. Today visitors on the Antiques & Architecture 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 (October 29, 2017–January 7, 2018, floor 4 only) (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email for more information. Not wheelchair accessible.

Fashionable Furnishings
(July 4, 2017–October 29, 2017)

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 & 6; (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email


One Crafty Tour
(March 1–November 17, 2017)

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.

Historical Journeys

Individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are invited to participate in this interactive program. There is a different theme each month:

March—A Pet’s place;
April—Spring Tour;
May—I remember when: A look at the du Pont family and yours; June—Pretty Plates;
July—Props in Portraiture;
November— Entertaining; and
December—Yuletide Tour.

Tour runs the second Tuesday of each month. Please register by calling the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 800.272.3900.

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.

Adult; 2 hr.; 5 person limit. **Reservation 3 days in advance preferred. Call 800.448.3883 or e-mail



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


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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