Online Exhibitions - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Online Exhibitions


Explore more of Winterthur’s collections, past exhibitions, and digital collaborations with other institutions through these online exhibitions. 




Collecting for the Future: Recent Additions to the Winterthur Collection

This exhibition features an eclectic selection of recent additions to the collection, examined through the lenses of four museum collecting policies that motivated the acquisition of these items. “Tools for Teaching” features diverse items that aid Winterthur educational mission. “The Stuff of Global Life” examines objects forged through global exchange. “Representing America’s Diversity” highlights objects made by free African Americans. “Reinvention and Reuse” investigates the layered history of “altered” objects. As you explore the exhibition, you will encounter fascinating objects that reshape our understanding of American history. Each one is a welcome addition to the Winterthur collection.



People Make the Place: Valuing Our Volunteers

Whatever your reason for coming to Winterthur, volunteers have applied their talent and energy to make your experience here memorable. Teen interns recently interviewed a few of these behind-the-scenes individuals to learn more about the important roles they play throughout the estate. The resulting portraits highlight the fervent dedication of each person. They are what truly make Winterthur special.  


Shall We Dance? Three Centuries of Dance in America

Step out on the virtual dance floor and enjoy this celebration of social dancing in America from the early 1700s through the mid-1900s.  Using the 2006 Winterthur Galleries show as a springboard, this online exhibition features additional library and museum objects.



The Winterthur Library Revealed: Five Centuries of Design and Inspiration

Experience the treasures of Winterthur Library in this virtual exhibition based on the 2004 Galleries show.  Books, manuscripts, drawings, photographs, and printed ephemera, supplemented with museum objects, document the library’s evolution from a du Pont family collection into a world-renowned repository and its role in decorative arts scholarship.



Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

This path-breaking exhibition charts objects and imagery related to America’s historical fascination with maps.   Created by Martin Brückner, Professor in English and American Literature at the University of Delaware, Common Destinations was displayed in the Winterthur Galleries from April 2013 to January 2014.  It features over 100 Winterthur library and museum objects as well as loans from other collections.


Boston Furniture at Winterthur

BOSTON. The name brings to mind Beacon Hill, baked beans, and the Red Sox—but perhaps not antique furniture. Yet during its early history, Boston attracted many of the finest woodworking craftsmen in America. Perched on a strip of land jutting into Massachusetts Bay, the flourishing seaport depended on artisans to build ships, homes, and furniture...
Read more and view the video.


The Flowering of American Tinware

Selections from Winterthur’s superb collection of painted and decorated early American tinware are on display in our galleries (May 2013 – January 2014) and now are online for the first time.  This pocket-sized exhibition highlights the origins of this specialized craft as well as artistic techniques for decorating and practices still in use today.


The Daniel & Serga Nadler Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain

Virtually experience the Winterthur Galleries display that was unveiled in November 2012 to honor the promised gift of an important collection of Chinese export porcelain. Wares made in the 1700s and 1800s for consumers in Britain, America, and Continental Europe are featured as well as porcelain for Indian and other Islamic markets.


Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition

Winterthur’s major exhibition is available online in permanent form. Uncorked! presents a fascinating and incredibly broad range of wine-related materials—from wineglasses and cellarettes to song sheets and paintings—and, in total, includes more than 300 objects from the Winterthur collections and promised gifts.



Who’s Your Daddy: Families in Early American Needlework

View a Web cast featuring curator Linda Eaton discussing many of the items from this exhibition, which was composed of Winterthur collection objects and was on view at Winterthur October 4, 2008, to August 17, 2009. A PDF of the gallery guide also offers an in-depth look at exhibition highlights.


Patriotic America

Winterthur joins the Transferware Collectors Club and Historic New England in making available the online exhibition Patriotic America. It serves as the definitive database of early English printed pottery with mid 19th-century images celebrating the new United States. The objects are drawn from a broad range of collections.



Spode Exhibition

Launched in October 2010, this interactive exhibition is a comprehensive resource for the study of the printed designs of Spode ceramics, focusing on the blue printed patterns of Spode c. 1784–1833, the family history and business, and life in the Staffordshire Potteries of that period.

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