Dollhouse at Winterthur

Experience even more holiday magic with the dollhouse mansion at Winterthur. The dollhouse was created and decorated by Nancy B. McDaniel, an interior decorator and collector who had visited Winterthur many times. Inspired to create her own doll mansion after viewing Queen Mary’s dolls' house at Windsor Castle in England, Nancy ultimately created her “dream house” in much the same way that Henry Francis du Pont did, albeit on a smaller scale. Her keen eye for meticulous detail and design inspired a collection of nearly 1,000 intricate miniature objects that now fill this prized possession. In recognition of the sympathetic vision that Nancy and H. F. du Pont shared, Nancy’s custom-crafted dollhouse was gifted to Winterthur in 2015.

In 2016, the house was readied for display by two University of Delaware art conservation students, who spent the summer cleaning, repairing, inventorying, and reinstalling the incredibly detailed contents of the three-story, 18-room dollhouse. The sparkling display on view today reflects miniatures arranged in a manner true to Nancy’s vision.

Watch the University of Delaware video about the student restoration of the dollhouse.

On view to the public in the first floor of the Galleries. Included with admission to Yuletide at Winterthur. Members free.

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