Current Tours - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Current Tours

 

These are our current tour offerings during Yuletide at Winterthur, November 18, 2017, through January 7, 2018. We will close January 8 for our annual seasonal closing and reopen on March 1, 2018. Please check our upcoming tour page for spring tour information. Please note: All back packs and large packages must be put in a locker prior to a tour. For Reserved Tours, Children under 8 are not permitted, including infants in carriers.

 

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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


Yuletide at Winterthur
(November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018)

 

 

 

Experience traditions of the past and dazzling holiday entertaining displays in this special wintertime tour.

 

 

 

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

Reserved Tours (requiring separate tickets)


American Interiors
(October 29, 2017–January 7, 2018)

When the du Ponts resided at Winterthur, their family bedrooms were located on the 7th floor, now included on the American Interiors Tour. Here 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, with the sturdy New England Queen Anne and Chippendale style furniture he favored. Featured collections include delightful miniature furnishings, children’s tea sets, and sample pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries in the Miniature Stair Hall, while the Billiard Room 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 7; Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.) for more information.

Antiques & Architecture

(October 31, 2017–January 7, 2018)

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

Small Wonders

(November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018)

Take delight in the little things! Discover cupboards, cabinets, and entire rooms filled with treasures in miniature on this special tour.

Floors 3, 7 & 8, Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email tourinfo@winterthur.org.) for more information.

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.

 


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