Exhibitions

In addition to frequently changing Galleries that showcase the permanent collection, Winterthur presents extraordinary exhibitions that highlight the very best in craftsmanship and scholarship, from both our own collection and distinguished institutions around the world.

The Winterthur Library also features special displays of library collection items. All exhibitions are included with admission and are free to Winterthur Members.

Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden

April 1, 2018–January 5, 2020 * Winterthur Garden

Step into the imaginative and entertaining world of garden follies! Explore a fantastic display of contemporary and historic architectural features—from a Gothic-inspired tower to American summerhouses to a faerie cottage and more—all set within the majestic beauty of Henry Francis du Pont’s 60-acre garden. This irresistible garden exhibition, featuring thirteen follies, offers a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience with a twist of fun!

Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table

April 1, 2018–January 6, 2019

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Explore a visual feast of flora and fauna adorning hundreds of dazzling tableware.

Truths of the Trade: Slavery and the Winterthur Collection

May 5, 2018 – August 5, 2018

A newly acquired cabinet at Winterthur and additional collections emerge as tools in the lucrative business of transatlantic trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Curated by graduate students at Winterthur, this exhibit will be on view in the Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery.

 

Thomas Chippendale at 300: Treasures from the Winterthur Collection

July 20, 2018–May 27, 2019

This year marks the 300th anniversary of Thomas Chippendale’s birth. To celebrate the 18th-century cabinetmaker and his influential publication The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, objects from the Winterthur collection will be on view in this exhibit in the Center Gallery.

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