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


Spring Tour
(March 1–July 2, 2017)

 

 

 

The Spring 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 accented with abundant flowers taken fresh from the Winterthur cutting garden and greenhouses.
 

Floors 5 & 6, Family friendly; 1 hour. Call 800.448.3883, e-mail tourinfo@winterthur.org.

Time Traveler's Tour
(March 1–July 2, 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 & 6 and garden, weather permitting; 1 hour; please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org 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 tourinfo@winterthur.org.) for more information. Garden portion of tour is weather permitting.

Distinctive Collections
(March 1–October 29, 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; (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.)

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. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.) for more information. Not wheelchair accessible.

American Interiors
(March 1–July 2, 2017)

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 1 & 7; 1 hour; please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org for more information.

One Crafty Tour
(March 1–November 18, 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;
August—Quilts;
September—Apples;
October—Soup;
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. 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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