Benefactor ($500) Level-and-Above Members are exclusively invited to these upcoming programs

Membership support helps to ensure that Winterthur’s beautiful naturalistic garden, premier collection of American decorative arts, renowned conservation labs, and outstanding research library continue to inspire, enlighten and delight visitors of all ages! To thank our most generous Members for their annual support, we offer a complimentary series of exclusive workshops, tours, and receptions with our staff in the fall and spring seasons, highlighting Winterthur’s varied collections.

For more information on these programs or to RSVP for any of them, e-mail Jody Cross in the Membership Office at

Not a Benefactor Member?  Upgrade today to attend exclusive events such as these throughout the year.  (To upgrade, please call 302.888.4726 or 302.888.4712.)

SRAL before renovations

SRAL after renovations


Scientific Research and Analysis Lab

Friday, March 8, 3:00 – 5:00 pm   All spots filled!

Thursday, June 13, 3:00 - 5:00 pm   5 spots left - rsvp today!

The Winterthur Scientific Research and Analysis Lab re-opened October 1, after a $450,000 improvement. The lab is one of only 18 museum laboratories in the United States and also one of the most well equipped. The lab houses 11 high-tech instruments and several microscopes that museum scientists employ to identify the materials used in objects of art in nondestructive and minimally invasive ways. During this workshop, you will learn from Winterthur scientists about ongoing projects and learn about how they use science to uncover the material secrets of the Winterthur collection. Participants will also be able to test their new knowledge in an activity to determine a genuine from a fake object, and help scientists determine where in the world objects in the Winterthur collection are from.

Free to Benefactor-level-and-above Members. The lab space is limited to a maximum of 12, so make sure to reserve your spot by calling 302.888.4726 or e-mail Jody at 




The Art of the Stone: The Process of Chromolithography

Wednesday, April 17, 3:00–4:30 pm

Join Jeanne Solensky, Andrew W. Mellon Librarian for the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, to learn how chromolithography transformed the commercial printing process in the late 1800s.  The session includes a short talk showing photographs from a Detroit lithography firm that explains this labor-intensive process.  Lithographic stones, keyline drawings, proof books, and many stunning pieces of ephemera from the 1870s-1930s in the John and Carolyn Grossman Collection will also be on view.

Free to Benefactor-level-and-above Members. Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot by calling 302.888.4726 or e-mail Jody at

Lithographic stone, one of a five stone set for 10 colors, and final “Social Smoke” cigar label.

Gallery Tour-Unity by Design: Midcentury Modernism at Winterthur

Thursday, May 9, 3:30–5:00 pm

Enjoy an exclusive tour of Winterthur's first gallery exhibition on midcentury modernism, Unity by Design: Midcentury Modernism at Winterthur. Led by 2nd year WPAMC fellow, Carrie Greif, this program will offer extensive object handling as we observe and discuss the material composition of midcentury modern objects. This exhibition expands the way we understand midcentury modernism as a style, Winterthur as an institution and Americana as a category. You don't want to miss out on this special opportunity for Benefactor-and-above-level Members!

Free to Benefactor-level-and-above Members. Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot by calling 302.888.4726 or e-mail Jody at

Cocktails with the Curators

Thursday, May 16, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

We have thousands of objects at Winterthur, but have you ever wondered which ones are our favorites?  Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Winterthur Galleries, where each of our curators will interpret and answer questions about their favorite gallery object(s). Explore the exuberance of rural furniture with Furniture Curator, Josh Lane, tackle Villains and the Virtue:  Story-telling through Ceramic Figures with Senior Curator of Ceramics & Glass, Leslie Grigsby, tie a knot on the evening by appreciating the long life of our new historic loom with Linda Eaton, and so much more.

Then, continue the discussion with the curators in the Galleries Reception Atrium for light fare and specialty cocktails served during H. F. du Pont’s time.  Also on view this evening will be our newest exhibition, Costuming THE CROWN.

Free to Benefactor-level-and-above Members.  An invitation and reply card for this tour and reception will be mailed to Benefactor-and-above Members in April.          






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