Middle & High School Programs

For the health and safety of visitors and staff, Winterthur’s on-site school programs are suspended until further notice. We are currently offering these virtual school programs.


Preservation & Presentation

Grades 6–12

Students explore the skills curators need to study and interpret objects and the techniques used to preserve them. Students handle and examine objects and take a tour through period rooms to observe whether objects are perceived differently when they are displayed in different types of settings and to learn about design history and principles. Ideal for history, visual art, art history, and interior design students.

Program length: 2.25 hours

Maximum 80 students

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Visual Arts 4, 5, 6; History 1, 2

Reinforces ELA Common Core Standards: RH9-10.9, RH11-12.1, RH11-12.7; RI11-12.3; SL11-12.1, SL11-12.4


Ritual and Revolution: The Importance of Tea

Grades 6–12

Students discover how Colonial America’s ritual of tea drinking helped create the social, economic, and political forces that played a role in the Revolution. Investigate 18th-century life through tea drinking and discover tea’s social rituals, political symbolism, and economic power. Includes a primary-source activity relating to the Boston Tea Party.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Civics 1, 4; Economics 1, 4; Geography 4; History 2, 3, 4; Visual Arts 4, 5, 6

Reinforces ELA Common Core Standards: RH11-12.1, RH11-12.2, RH11-12.6, 11-12.7


Discover the Science of Museum Collections

Grades 7–12

Meet with art conservators at the museum and explore their role in caring for collections. Through hands-on activities students discover the behind-the-scenes world that uses the sciences to keep our historic objects safe for generations to come! Ideal for science, chemistry, and art students.

Program length: 2 hours

Maximum 72 students

Reinforces Next Generation Science Standards: HS-PS1, HS-PS3, HS-PS4


East Egg, West Egg

Grades 9-12

Tour the home of Henry Francis du Pont and compare and contrast his lifestyle with that of a few of his contemporaries: the major characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. This program can also be readily adapted to a 45-minute in-class experience.

Program length: 2 hours

Available March-October

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 1-4; Visual Arts 3, 4, 6

Reinforces ELA Common Core Standards: RH11-12.1; RH11-12.9; RL11-12.1; RI9-10.3; W11-12.


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