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


The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament

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.


A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life

 March 1, 2015–January 3, 2016

Explore the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, and pottery, in this exhibition highlighting recent acquisitions from the estate of legendary collector and scholar Frederick S. Weiser.


Cultivating Style in a Multiethnic World: New York Furniture, 1640‒1860

March 1, 2015

In the landscapes they shaped, buildings and furniture they made, New Yorkers created a place “unlike any other, either in the North American colonies or anywhere else," writer Russell Shorto has observed. This unique legacy is reflected in the New York furniture collection at Winterthur. This exhibition is in conjunction with the 2015 Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum.

Special Displays


Brittle Beauty: Understanding and Conserving Chinese Export Lacquer
On view in the first-floor Galleries

Through a display of lacquered furniture, boxes, and tablewares, the Winterthur exhibition Brittle Beauty: Understanding and Conserving Chinese Export Lacquer explores the materials and history of Asian lacquer, Asian export lacquer, and imitation lacquer in the West. It also highlights a program of scientific analysis and conservation currently underway at Winterthur to treat Asian export lacquerwares (funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services).





The Winterthur Library also features special displays of library collection items. All exhibitions are included with admission and are free to Winterthur Members.


All exhibitions are included with admission and are free to Winterthur Members.





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