Classes, Workshops & Demonstrations

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Experience a variety of entertaining and educational programs, from classes and hands-on workshops to demonstrations and tastings. See program details below. Some events require advance registration. Interested in spending time in our garden? Learn about garden programs here.

To register for any of the adult classes, workshops, and demonstrations listed below, please call 800.448.3883.

Museum Programs

Anticipating Autumn Armchair Book Club

Tuesday, July 21, 10:00–11:00 am or 7:00–8:00 pm, Virtual Program

Come together with a community of readers to discuss books by authors scheduled to speak at Winterthur this fall. Join Tom Savage, director of external affairs, and Elaine Rice Bachmann, deputy state archivist, Maryland State Archives, and co-author of Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration, for a rousing discussion of Grace and Power: The Private World of The Kennedy White HouseRegistration includes a copy  of the book sent to your home. $35; $32 per Member. To register by phone, call 800.448.3883, and to register online, click here.

History through Fiction Book Club

First Tuesday of every month starting in September, 10:00 am–12:00 pm OR 1:30–3:30 pm

Join us during this three-month series, where we will discuss classic and new works that illuminate American life or the inner workings of museums. We'll also examine relevant objects from the Winterthur collection or meet staff members who do important work behind-the-scenes. Registration is required by February 28. $30 per Member/ $40 per nonmember for the entire three-month series.Call 800.448.3883 to register.


Designing Women: Garden to Vase Bulb Design

Third Wednesdays each month, September–October (July class is virtual), 5:30–8:30 pm
Each workshop: $70; $60 per Member. 

July 15: Sensational Summer Flowers, Virtual Program

This class will be available online. Floral Supervisor Heidi Militana will celebrate H. F. du Pont's use of nontraditional containers for his flower arrangements. Participants will pick up locally sourced flowers, containers, and supplies at Winterthur prior to the class. A virtual tour of the Flower Room will highlight different containers and pro tips for their mechanics. In an online classroom, Heidi will teach floral techniques in designing an arrangement of sensational summer flowers. To register by phone, call 800.448.3883, to register online, click here.

September 16: Fall Flower Bounty

October 21: Pumpkins & Gourds


Embroidery Up Close

Thursday, July 30, 10:00–11:00 am, Virtual Program

World Embroidery Day was established by a group of Swedish needleworkers in 2011 to acknowledge embroidery “as a peaceful occupation,” “which can lead to free, creative thoughts and ideas.” Celebrate the occasion by venturing behind-the-scenes with Winterthur textile conservators to get a sneak peek at work underway in preparation for the upcoming virtual exhibition Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches. Zoom in on details beyond what you can see in a gallery setting and learn how conservators care for pieces in the Winterthur collection. Registration required. $15. $10 for Members. Your registration fee supports educational programming at Winterthur. To register, call 800.448.3883, or to register online, click here.


Second Friday of every month, beginning in September 10:00 am–12:00 pm or 1:00–3:00 pm

Reconnect with your creative side while finding your inspiration in the Winterthur collection.  Each meeting features a show-and-tell about different objects in the museum or library and ample time to complete a small project to take home. $25; $20 per Member. Registration required by one week prior to each meeting.

Upcoming Garden Workshops

Join us for one of our garden workshops. See the Garden Insider page for dates and topics. All workshops take place in the Brown Horticulture Learning Center in the Greenhouse Area.

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