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Resources for Teachers


Need a few ideas to help reinforce the great things your students learned during a Winterthur school program? Need a bit of inspiration to guide your use of objects as primary sources in the classroom? Look no further! We’ve assembled some great pre-materials, and we offer workshops on a regular basis where you can try activities to use with your own students.  

Pre-Visit Materials

Teachers who book a Winterthur school program receive detailed information about the program content and curriculum in their confirmation packet.  A brief powerpoint presentation about the history of Winterthur is available here.  Download a PDF version of the presentation, which also serves as the script, here. For tips on planning your visit, read our Field Trip Checklist.

New in 2016 we have added pre- and post-visit material to prepare your students for their visit to Winterthur and summarize the programs content afterwards. There are a variety of activities that can be accessed on our webiste here.


Classroom Connections

In addition to on-site and off-site programs for teachers and schools, Winterthur also provides teachers with a quarterly e-newsletter titled Classroom Connections, which provides information on the programs we are currently offering and activities that can be integrated into classroom curriculum. Our latest in-classroom activity is related to temperature and humidity and how they affect the preservation of objects. Click on the following link for the activity sheet. To sign up for the quarterly e-newsletter, please visit our sign-up page.



Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please call the Winterthur Information and Tours office at 302.888.4600 or 800.448.3883 to register.  The cost is $15 per person for each workshop, unless otherwise noted. Winterthur Members are admitted free.  Delaware teachers wishing to receive credit should also register through the Delaware Teacher Center by calling 800.282.8770.  Attendance is limited.

Yuletide at Winterthur

Saturday, December 3, 2016; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Embrace your love of tiny things and join the curator responsible for Yuletide at Winterthur for a behind-the-scenes peek at the effort involved in developing this annual tour. This year the tour takes inspiration from a dollhouse recently given to the museum and explores the holiday season through the eyes of children. A miniature craft project rounds out the morning.

Teacher Preview

Friday, March 31, 2017; 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Teachers can drop in after schoo lto check out the resources Winterthur offers you and your studeents. Explore the Touch-It Room, Galleries, and Activity Room where many of our programs take palce and meet some of the education staff that work with students of all ages! After the preview, stay to mingle with friends during Winterthur After Hours. Preview is free for teachers. Pay what you wish to attend Winterthur After Hours.

Book Arts

Saturday, May 6, 2017; 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Learn about some incredible books in the Winterthur library; then try some techniques used by book conservators and artists. After this workshop you will be ready to share the skills and knowledge utilized by art conservators with your students and fellow teachers.

Behind the Scenes at Winterthur: Treasures on Trial

Wednesday, July 19, 2017; 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Go behidn the scenes of our special exhibiton, Treasures on Trial, to uncover the stories of the fakes and forgeries on view. You will meet with some of the staff who researched, designed, and gathered objects for this show and many others at Winterthur. Please bring a brown-bag lunch.

Yuletide at Winterthur

Saturday, December 2, 2017; 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Come experience Winterthur in all its seasonal glory! After taking the Yuletide tour, talk with the curator who desgns it each year and then engage your creativity as you make a craft inspried by some of the objects and traditions exhibited on the tour.

Field Trip Scholarship Application

Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, scholarships are available to qualifying groups based on diversity of student population, percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch, and the amount of state or federal aid the organization receives. Such financial aid can cover off-site program costs, student admission fees, and transportation costs of up to $250 per day. 

E-mail the information, requested below, to or send it in a letter to the School Programs Office, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware 19735. Alternatively, fax the application letter to us at 302.888.4953.  

If you prefer, you can print and fill out this application form and mail or fax it to us.

Apply as soon as possible after making your reservation. We will notify you within two days of receipt to confirm the amount of your award. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Requested Information

Date and title of your program



Teacher’s e-mail address and phone number

School district

Number of students who receive free or reduced lunches

Amount of state/federal aid your organization receives

Name or person or group who usually pays for museum programs or trips

Whether you are applying for transportation funding and the estimated amount needed.


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