Winterthur is closed to the public January 4 - February 29, and reopens March 1 with a full slate of new exhibitions, house tours, and programs.

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Winterthur Invitational: 10 Years of Excellence


We are celebrating ten years of the Winterthur Invitational this May. Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles on select Saturdays in May. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display.

From 1916 to 1969, hundreds of guests came to Winterthur for glittering social occasions hosted by Henry Francis and Ruth Wales du Pont. During the heyday of Winterthur as a du Pont family home, guests arrived in a wide variety of automobiles that reflected the latest in design and fashion. To honor this tradition, Winterthur will have on view grand vehicles from the 1920s through the 1960s each Saturday in May 2016 for you to enjoy! Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission.

Historic Auto Display Themes for 2016:

  • May 7: Ten Years of Excellence: Select Vehicles Displayed at Winterthur, 2006–2016
  • May 14: American Pre-war Luxury Brands, from Packard to Cadillac
  • May 21: The Personal Automobiles of Ruth Wales and Henry Francis du Pont
  • May 28: Cars of the 1950s: Winterthur Museum Opens to the Motoring Public


Image at top: Hood ornament, 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ascot Tourer with body by Brewster & Co.

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