In addition to frequently changing Galleries that showcase the permanent collection, Winterthur presents extraordinary exhibitions that highlight the very best in craftsmanship and scholarship, from both our own collection and distinguished institutions around the world.
On View Now
March 1, 2014–January 4, 2015
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 40 historically inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.
The Flowering of American Tinware
Through January 4, 2015
This pocket-size exhibition highlights the collection of decorated tinware that Henry Francis du Pont acquired from antiques dealers in New England and Pennsylvania, particularly from Ephrata, Lancaster, Carlisle, and York. These beautiful, hand-painted objects feature decorative techniques that have been in use from the early 1700s to today.
The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament
Through July 5, 2015
For centuries women have used a needle to both earn a living and create objects of beauty. This exhibition presents embroidery from the impressive Winterthur collection, highlighting the fascinating intersection of “work” and “art.”
Transferware: A Story of Pattern & Color
October 17, 2014–October 12, 2015
This exhibit, which opens in Winterthur’s Ceramics and Glass Gallery in mid-October 2014, celebrates the skill and ingenuity of the British ceramic industry, whose printed wares were especially popular in America. Many designs were created specifically for sale in the United States, where consumers at every level embraced the opportunity to have both utilitarian and decorative transferware in their homes.
Winterthur Collects What?: Table Talk
On view in the first-floor Galleries
This multimedia exhibit explores questions and ideas that spring from one magnificent but unusual table in our collections. Some questions have answers, but others remain mysteries. By looking more closely, we invite you to think about the stories this table can evoke about craftsmanship, collecting, and life in Philadelphia in the early 1800s.
All exhibitions are included with admission and are free to Winterthur Members.