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Winterthur Program in American Material Culture

The Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, established in 1952 by the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware, provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of American material life with special emphasis on decorative arts and household furnishings. The program approaches the study of material

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Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation

Winterthur and the University of Delaware jointly sponsor this three year masters level program in art conservation. It is one of only five graduate conservation programs in North America. The faculty is composed of twelve Winterthur conservators in the Conservation Department and five faculty members from the University of Delaware

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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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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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Virtual School Programs

Announcing Virtual Field Trips! Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library When you can’t come to the museum, we’ll Zoom the museum to you! 

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Re-Presenting Black Womanhood

Explore representations created by and featuring Black women in objects from Winterthur's collections. This virtual exhibit with an on-site component invites visitors to engage with stories that celebrate Black women and confront racial and gender stereotypes.

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Holiday Party

Enjoy the holidays with a magical outdoor light show unlike any other! The Winterthur house serves as the backdrop for a du Pont family Christmas story, told using 3D images, video, lights, and sounds, for an immersive holiday experience.

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