Giving Opportunities in Support of Educational Programs & Activities


Supporters of Family Programs at Winterthur can champion several different initiatives, ranging from capital projects to special events. You can designate your support of educational programming to the area of greatest need, or donate to a specific program such as the ones listed below.

touch it room tea timeTouch-It Room

One of the nation’s earliest spaces dedicated to hands-on learning, the Touch-it Room at Winterthur provides an historically accurate setting for children to engage in imaginative exploration of the past. Initially opened in 1960, the room was relocated and enhanced in the early 1990s. The room is one of the prime attractions at Winterthur for families and would benefit from increased accessibility, new lighting, and a greater variety of interactive components.


Wee Ones at Winterthur

Wee Ones at Winterthur, a literacy-based program for children ages 3 to 6, is offered twice a month from March through October. During this hour-long program, children listen to a story, explore related objects from the Winterthur demonstration collection, and participate in activities that strengthen both fine and gross motor skills. The program is a wonderful opportunity for parents or grandparents to introduce their children to the exciting world of museums and has been very successful. Support for this program would help us add to our collection of quality children’s books and allow us to purchase additional items for our demonstration collection.

brock jobe fireplace travel group cookingGraduate Program Field Studies

Each year, students in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture take part in field-based learning opportunities which introduce them to prominent figures in the field, expose them to new scholarship, and broaden thier understanding of musuems, antique dealers, and collectors. Current trips include:

  • A two-week trip to London, immersing students in English Design History (The students are pictured, right, at Hampton Court in London, England.)
  • A week-long trip to the South, often including landmark destiantions like Charleston, Winston-Salem, and Savannah
  • A week-long trip to New England, featuring museums and collections in Newport, Plymouth, Boston, New Haven, Deerfield, or Salem
  • Attending Americana Week in New York City, to visit major auction houses and antique shows
  • A variety of day trips, including the State Department and White House in Washington, D.C.

These trips are a critical part of each student's education. Currently, the program's ability to plan these trips is almost completely dependent on year-to-year funding. Together, Winterthur and the University of Delaware are fundraising to endow these field studies.

For more information, please contact the Winterthur Development Office at 302.888.4673 or

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