Winterthur Institute

Escape into the world of decorative arts from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. This intensive course offers an in-depth, two-week study of domestic furnishings made or used in America. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in American decorative arts, content for the course centers on the Winterthur collection,

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Transportation to Winterthur

Details on how to get to Winterthur.

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History of Winterthur

A timeline history of Winterthur.

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Historic image of azaleas and bulbs

The Big Ideas behind the Winterthur Garden

Winterthur is one of the last of the original Wild Gardens. William Robinson’s book The Wild Garden stimulated a new type of garden design at the turn of the twentieth century in Great Britain, Ireland and America. An idea with tremendous appeal to large landowners, The Wild Garden concept is

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H. F. and Ruth du Pont with daughters Pauline Louise and Ruth Ellen, 1922

About Winterthur

Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860.

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At Home Education

At-Home Activities Since you can't bring your family to Winterthur, we thought we would bring Winterthur to you with some fun and educational activities that will keep kids' minds active while schools are closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below are links to activities that you can print and complete at

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Assistant/Associate Curator of Textiles – Full time, benefits eligible

Job Title: Assistant/Associate Curator of Textiles Winterthur Museum seeks an experienced museum professional to serve as the Assistant Curator/Associate Curator of Textiles.  A key member of the curatorial team, the successful applicant will be a dynamic and innovative textile historian with a deep knowledge of textiles and textile history.  Reporting

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Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches

Opening Fall 2020 Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches delves into the life and work of Erica Wilson, the “Julia Child of needlework.” Wilson’s successful 1970s television program teaching needlework was one component of business ventures that included embroidery kits, books, newspaper and magazine columns, public appearances, and a store

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Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman’s Lens

Open through January 3, 2021 In celebration of the 100th anniversary year of the 19th amendment, Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman’s Lens looks at objects in the Winterthur galleries through the lens of women’s stories, recognizing the everyday women who forged a better path for themselves, and ultimately for future

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The Inspired Needle: Embroidery Past and Present

Save the Date The Inspired Needle: Embroidery Past & Present October 2–3, 2020 Both long-standing tradition and contemporary craft, embroidery reflects the intellectual endeavors, enlivens the political debates, and empowers the entrepreneurial pursuits of those who dare to pick up a needle. Inspiration abounds during this two-day celebration of needlework—and

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