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 Year’s Day Calling
Friday, January 1, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Celebrate New Year’s Day in the tradition of the du Pont family’s annual New Year’s Calling. The du Ponts offered hospitality to those who would come to visit on New Year’s Day to exchange season’s greetings. We extend the same sentiment to all of you by inviting you to join us for a Yuletide tour with refreshments of hot chocolate and cookies and a gift of a paperwhite bulb to brighten up your home. Usher in 2021 with us! Included with admission. Members free. Reservations required. Capacity is limited.

 

Yuletide House Tours Final Weekend 

Saturday and Sunday, January 2 and 3, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

H. F. du Pont owned several houses, but only Winterthur was “home,” where family and friends gathered each year to celebrate the holidays. Visit exquisitely decorated spaces that recall the warmth and beauty of the season. In a year when so much has proved uncertain, Winterthur still delights in welcoming all of our visitors “Home for the Holidays!” Yuletide Early Access Hour for Members and their guests on Saturday, 10:00–11:00 am. $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and students (ages 12–18), and $6 for children, ages 2–11. Members free. Reservations recommended.

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S’mores Around the Fire 

Saturday and Sunday, January 2 and 3, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

S’mores kits available for purchase in the Pavilion Café on Saturdays and Sundays. No reservations required.


Kids’ Tram to Enchanted Wood
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Sunday, January 3, 1:00–3:00 pm

Bundle up and hop on board for a brisk winter ride to Enchanted Woods where kids of all ages will have fun following a seasonal Storybook Trail, discovering a fairy village, embarking on a scavenger hunt, and peeking at decorations inside the Faerie Cottage. Included with admission. Members free.


Kids Create! 


Sunday, January 3, 1:00–3:00 pm

Calling all kid crafters! Join us throughout the estate to design a special holiday memento. These holiday keepsakes are sure to spruce up any tree or to make the perfect gift for someone you love. No reservations required, just stop in! Included with admission. Members free. While supplies last.

 

Curator’s Gallery Walks
First Tuesday of each month, January through April, 2:00–2:45 pm

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 lkoontz@winterthur.org

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Garden Walk: Trees, The Treasure of Winterthur
Saturdays, January and February, 2:00–3:00 pm

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.

 

Sledding Sundays
Sundays, January and February, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

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. Included with admission. Members free.

 

History Heroes Story Time
Sundays, January and February, 2:00–3:00 pm

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.

Take a Hike
Sundays, January and February, 2:00–3:00 pm

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.

 

Family as Teacher (Virtual Program)
Mondays, January 4 and February 1, 12:00–12:30 pm

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!

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Crafternoon: Fondant Finesse! (Virtual Program)
Friday, January 8, 1:00–2:15 pm

Master the art of marshmallow fondant with your microwave and a few tips and tricks. Create edible sculptures to adorn sweets and treats. Materials list will be provided. Registration required. $8; $5 per Member.

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Crafternoon: Valentines and Volvelles (Virtual Program)
Friday, February 12, 1:00–2:15 pm

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.

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Teacher Appreciation Morning B.Y.O.C 

Saturday, January 9, 10:00–10:45 am
Virtual Program

Bring your own coffee and join us for a free teacher appreciation morning. Together we will look at sustainable approaches for teaching and explore some of the resources that Winterthur has to offer both teachers and students. To register, call 800.448.3883.

 

Weekend House Tours
Friday–Sunday, January 9–February 28, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

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, January 9, 1:00–2:30 pm
and 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 scubawiz2020@gmail.com. Visit Delaware Mineralogical Society website for more information.

 

Tailgate Tour
Saturdays, January 16 and February 20, 2:30–4:00 pm

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 am–12:00 pm

Join a horticulture staff for a lively introduction to plants that thrive in the cold. Registration required. $30; $25 per Member.

 

Objects Up Close: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (Virtual Program)
Tuesday, February, 16, 10:00–11:30 am

See items from the Winterthur Library that document the American presidency, from Washington to the Kennedys. These include everything from commemoration ribbons to coloring books. Registration required. $15; $10 per Member.Registration required. $15; $10 per Member.


Floral Design Workshop: Winter Wonder (Virtual Program)

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.

 

Floral Design Workshop: Wake up Spring! 
(Virtual Program)
Wednesday, February 17, 5:30–7:30 pm

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.

 

Needle Felted Winter Snowman (Virtual Program)
Saturday, January 23, 1:00–3:00 pm

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 December 15 to receive materials in time for Christmas; otherwise, registration required by January 14. $65; $60 per Member.

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For the Birds: Winter Birding Walk
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)
Saturdays, January 30, and February 6, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Sharon Verbos of The Purple Thread guides you in making a paper–pieced pouch featuring needlework that is 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”. $65 for kit; $80 for kit and class. 10% discount for Members. Kit and course available for purchase online at Winterthur Store.

 

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. 

 

Teacher Workshop: Intersectional Approaches (Virtual Program)
Saturday, February 13, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

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 are facilitating learning affecting 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 lkoont@winterthur.org. 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. 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 Visit Delaware Museum of Natural History’s website. Free for the members of the Teen Science Café.


Summer Camp Fair

Saturday, February 27, 11:30 am–2:00 pm

It’s never too early to gear up for summer camp! At this socially distanced event, you’ll discover something different for your children to do this summer by connecting with many of the premier summer camp organizations in the area. Admission is FREE. During the fair, Delaware Museum of Natural History Summer Camp registration will be open to the general public. Pre-registration required. Free for guests. Pre-registration required for attending camp organizations. $75 per camp organization through February 12 or $100 per camp organization after February 12. Visit Delaware Museum of Natural History’s website to register.

 

Halfway to Terrific Tuesdays
Saturday, February 27, 11:30 am–2:00 pm

The month of January means that we’ve started a new year but also that we’re halfway to every family’s favorite summertime activity, Terrific Tuesdays! Get a sneak peek at the fun and learning that this summer’s Terrific Tuesdays will bring! You’ll craft and play the afternoon away as you learn all about Winterthur, inside and out! $5 per child; Members free.

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