Winterthur will be open during January and February and will offer a range of on-site and virtual programs and events. For more information or to make a reservation, call 800.448.3883, purchase online, or click on the register now link under each program.
New in 2021! Winterthur will be working with our neighbors at the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) to host, partner, or present educational programming to the community while the DMNH building facilities undergo year-long renovations. We hope you’ll enjoy the new and different programs and events offered throughout the year.
Join a curator for an informal discussion of the Lady of the House exhibit, which tells the story of Ruth Wales du Pont and features a fabulous reproduction of her wedding dress, along with objects and images from the Winterthur archives. Included with admission. Members free.
Interacting with American History (Virtual Program with an In–Person Option)
Wednesdays in January, 4:00–5:00 pm
This virtual program for high school students focuses on writing about art and engaging in experiential learning. Classes via Zoom with two optional on-site Saturday sessions. Registration is $100.00. Registration is free for students attending title one schools. To reserve a free space in the class please send proof of title one attendance to email@example.com.
Learn about our champion trees while exploring winter interest in the garden. One-hour walk; Begins at the Brown Horticulture Center, near the Greenhouse complex. Reservation required, limited to 15 people. Masks required for guide and participants. Included with admission. Members free. Cancellations due to weather or low attendance may occur.
Hope for snow and bring your sled to a designated safe place on the Winterthur grounds, the Sledding hill near Visitor Center Parking Lot. Check snow conditions at winterthur.org each Sunday by 10:00 am. Registration required. Included with admission. Members free.
Round out your family’s day of fun and adventure at Winterthur with a story time fit for all ages. Each week, we will tell a thrilling tale about one of history’s greatest heroes. Included with admission. Members free.
Enjoy the health benefits of hiking, while exploring Winterthur’s trails with confidence. With over 10 miles of roads and 1,000 acres of scenery, Winterthur’s guides will help you discover the perfect trail. Hike begins at the Visitor Center Patio. Reservation required, limited to 15 people. Masks required for guide and participants. Included with admission. Members free. Cancellations due to weather or low attendance may occur.
Every Family has a teacher. Guardians and parents are the first teachers. At this moment many families are finding that they are contributing more heavily to their children’s education. Connect with other families who are engaged with virtual learning, homeschooling, and edu–pods as well as the many resources Winterthur has to offer. Together we will look at flexible and progressive approaches for teaching and supporting learners of all ages. Free!
Find inspiration in antique ephemera from the library, then create your own valentine token of love and affection. Materials list will be provided. Registration required. $8; $5 per Member.Materials list provided. Registration required. $8; $5 per Member.
Follow in the footsteps of H. F. and Ruth du Pont’s own friends who came often to Winterthur for country house weekends. Stroll through the major entertaining spaces they would have enjoyed on this self-guided tour. Reservations required. Members free. Included with admission.
Garden Director’s Walk
Saturday, February 13, 1:00–2:30 pm
Join Director of Garden and Estate Chris Strand on a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape! Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 approximately three hours before the walk. Members free. Included with admission.
Delaware Mineralogical Society Evening Lecture Series (Virtual Program)
Monday, January 11, and Monday, February 8, 8:00 pm
Are you feeling cooped up? Wish you could travel the world? How about a trip to Europe! Join Michael Pabst, president of the Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society, as he takes us on an imaginary mineral hunting expedition to the Pyrenees. The colors, shapes, and beauty of these minerals will take your breath away! Delaware Mineralogical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and education of mineralogy, paleontology, and the lapidary arts. Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. To register, email Christine Verdi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Delaware Mineralogical Society website for more information.
Explore the Winterthur Estate on a guided leisurely stroll with one of our staff members, then stop at our scenic tailgate spot for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Registration required. $35; $30 per Member Registration required. $35; $30 per Member.
Objects Up Close: Outdoors
Tuesday, January 19, 10:00–11:30 am
Join a horticulture staff for a lively introduction to plants that thrive in the cold. Registration required. $30; $25 per Member.
See items from the Winterthur Library that document the American presidency, from Washington to Kennedy. These include everything from commemoration ribbons to coloring books. Registration required. $15; $10 per Member.
Floral Design Workshop: Winter Wonder (Virtual Program) SOLD OUT
Wednesday, January 20, 5:30–7:30 pm
Winterthur sparkles when ice and snow cover its beautiful grounds. Lean into the wonders of the season as we design a floral piece that will show off its winter whites and evergreen foliage. All supplies will be provided for pick up at Winterthur. Registration required by January 17. $70; $60 per Member.
Under the snow, leaves are starting to unfurl and buds are beginning to swell. Celebrate the awakening of spring with an arrangement of all the shades of green. Green was the favorite color of Winterthur founder H. F. du Pont, and inspiration for this design will come from a presentation about how he used this color throughout his magnificent home. All supplies will be provided for pickup at Winterthur. Registration required by February 14. $70; $60 per Member.
Join Marsha Minutella to learn how to make a needle felted winter snowman. You will learn beginner needle felting techniques and how to create a hollow base to allow your snowmen to stand upright easier, so they can decorate your home. The Class Materials Kit will include two single needles, needle felting surface, bamboo skewer, cardboard tube, enough wool roving to make two snowmen, Border Leicester sheep curls, and written instructions. Registration required by January 14. $65; $60 per Member.
For the Birds: Winter Birding Walk SOLD OUT
Wednesday, January 27, and February 24, 8:00–10:00 am
Join a birder and explore some of the hotspots for birds at Winterthur. Visit natural areas including wetlands, meadows, and the woodlands along Clenny Run. These areas provide great habitat for a wide variety of birds year-round. Observe resident birds as well as migrating raptors, warblers, and sparrows. If time permits, we will also have a chance to look for birds in outlying areas, such as Chandler Woods and Brown’s Woods. These sessions are for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. A limited number of binoculars will be available to share. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. $20; $10 per Member. Free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members.
Needlework Workshop: English Paper Piece Pouch (Virtual Program) SOLD OUT
Saturdays, January 30, and February 6, 11:00 am–12:00 pm or 1:00–2:00 pm
Sharon Verbos of The Purple Thread returns to guide your assembly of a paper-pieced pouch featuring needlework inspired by designs in the Winterthur collection. Kit includes all fabrics, linen, floss, charts, ribbons, buttons, and the charm needed to complete both the pouch and assorted accessories, including a pin keep, scissor fob, and floss holder. Finished size approximately 7” x 9”. Registration required by January 15. $80 includes kit and class. $Members, $72.
New Perspectives Talks
Sundays, February 7 and 21, 1:00 pm
Explore diversity represented in the Winterthur collection, focusing on the fascinating objects related to the exhibit Re-Presenting Black Womanhood. Included with admission. Members free.
Much of our work as teachers lives in the intersections, the place where ideas inform each other and join together. Our teaching practices do not exist in a vacuum. Context, identity, and subject merge when we facilitate learning that affects the impact and quality of the experience. As we clarify the intersections surrounding us, our work becomes more informed. To inquire about professional development credit, please email Leah Koontz at email@example.com. To register call 800.448.3883. $15; Members free.
Murder Mystery: ‘Til Death Do Us Art
Saturday, February 13, 6:00–9:00 pm
Congratulations! It’s the 1920s, and you’ve been invited as a special guest to a wedding in the famous Winterthur galleries. However, the festivities have been interrupted by murder! As the night progresses, clues will be found, motives will be revealed, and a culprit will be discovered. Dress in your best 1920s attire and use your sleuthing skills to catch this matrimonial murderer. Admission includes small bites, a cash bar, and frightening fun! 21+ only. Pre-registration required. $45; $40 for Delaware Museum of Natural History and Winterthur members. Reservations required as capacity is limited. Visit Delaware Museum of Natural History’s website to register.
School Day-Off Camp
Monday, February 15, 9:00 am–4:00 pm Before Care 8:00–9:00 am; After Care 4:00–5:30 pm
When the kids have a day off, but the parents don’t! We’ll spend the day exploring and making incredible discoveries. From hikes to crafts to science experiments, this day will have it all! Extended care is available for an additional fee. Pre-registration required. $55; $45 per Member. Extended care: $10 for morning (8:00–9:00 am) or afternoon (4:00–5:30 pm); $15 for both. Visit Delaware Museum of Natural History’s website to register.
Teen Science Café (Virtual Program)
Friday, February 19, 6:00–7:30 pm
This event is made for teens by teens! High school student leaders bring teens together to engage in STEAM-related topics delivered by local experts in the field. Join virtually for an engaging presentation, an activity that you can do at home, and a question-and-answer opportunity. Grades 7-12. Pre-registration is encouraged. Free event. For more information and to register, visit Delaware Museum of Natural History’s website. Free for the members of DMNH’s Teen Science Café.