The Winterthur Museum and Garden
Winterthur Museum and Garden is operated by Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, a nonprofit educational institution located in Winterthur, Delaware.
Winterthur was the country estate of Henry Francis du Pont who lived on Winterthur from 1880 to 1969 and amassed large collections of Americana. Winterthur is believed to house the finest collection of 1640 to1860 American decorative arts and furniture in the country. H.F. du Pont’s estate at one time consisted of 2500 acres. He had planned it to resemble the great English country estates.
Winterthur Museum Collections
Henry Francis added 175 rooms onto his original house so he could display his collections of antique glass, paintings, textiles, ceramic, silver, needlework, and furniture. The museum estimates there are 85,000 objects on display in these rooms .
Six galleries are open to the public in the museum.
This gallery shows how American decorative arts changed from 1640 to 1860 in response to fashion. Each of the eight period vignettes display similar objects, but the exhibit shows how the line, ornamentation, and color changed with each of the time periods.
This gallery is devoted to wood furniture and the process of producing it. Winterthur is considered to have one of the premier collections of wood furniture.
Textiles and Needlework
This gallery displays gowns, quilts, bed hangings, embroidery, samples, and lacework that were made in America. These are expensive textiles and representative of how many Americans displayed their wealth.
Paintings and Prints
This gallery displays paintings and prints completed by American artists. It is a remarkably fine collection.
This gallery displays objects of brass, iron and silver that were a part of American life. The collection displays at one end of the spectrum a simple Paul Revere silver bowl, and at the other end, an ornate Victorian chandelier. There are many other the metal objects on display that were fashioned in between those two styles and time periods.
Ceramics and Glass
This gallery showcases the extensive collection of American glass and ceramics. It also displays English, Chinese and French ceramics.
The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens
Visitors are constantly surprised at the various shapes, sizes, and styles that tureens are fashioned in.
These are a reconstruction of the Dominy Clock Shop and Woodworking Shop from the mid 1700’s to the mid 1800’s. These are 800 tools in the shops that were used to produce clocks and household furnishings.
The Garden and Estate at Winterthur Museum
Winterthur’s garden and estate encompass 982 acres. Sixty of those acres are planted in a naturalistic garden. Different areas of the gardens bloom from February through October. In May, eight acres of azaleas bloom. A garden tram is available to help visitors get around the extensive garden. This is truly one of the premier naturalistic gardens in the country. The estate includes trickling streams, canopied forest, rolling meadows, and enchanting woodlands.
This is a fairy-tale garden for children and the young at heart. Large oaks form a canopy over the woods, the Tulip Tree House, the Faerie Cottage, the troll bridge, frog hollow, and many other enchanted places.
Visiting the Winterthur Museum and Garden
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Purchase tickets online at https://secure.winterthur.org/ecommerce/ or call 800-448-3883.
March 9-November 19, Winterthur is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Yuletide Season (late November through mid January), Winterthur is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, Delaware 19735