Winterthur reopens for the spring season on February 29. The tours listed below are available February 29–June 30. Reserved Tours are not included in general admission and require a separate ticket. Tickets for the spring season are available for purchase online, by calling 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600 (TTY 302.888.4907), or onsite at Winterthur by visiting the Visitor Services desk in the Visitor Center. Please note: The Women of Winterthur Tour doesn't begin until July 1.
The Introductory Tour takes you into the premier entertaining rooms enjoyed by H. F. du Pont’s friends in the 1930s and ’40s. At that time, guests arriving at Winterthur for a country house weekend were ushered first to the Marlboro Room for afternoon tea and later were escorted to the magnificent dining room for a meal consisting almost entirely of foods grown on the Winterthur estate. After dinner, guests might repair to the Chinese Parlor to enjoy a game of cards while listening to Ruth du Pont play show tunes on her Steinway, or they might relax in the Conservatory amid H. F. du Pont’s ever-changing display of blooming plants, before ascending the elegant curving Montmorenci Staircase to their bedrooms. Walk in their footsteps among the exquisite objects that make up H. F. du Pont’s premier collection of American decorative arts and elegant rooms accented with abundant flowers taken fresh from the Winterthur cutting garden and greenhouses. Fifth Floor; (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email email@example.com.) for more information.
The Time Traveler’s Tour is specifically designed for families with children ages 4–11. Learn about the lifestyle of the du Pont family while completing a sticker activity book and receive a Time Traveler’s Badge! (Families with children ages 4–11); 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.) for more information
Designing with Flowers
This one-hour interactive tour examines how floral design has changed over time in arrangements and as a decorative motif. Includes a visit to Winterthur’s Flower Room. Floors 4,5 & 6. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email email@example.com.) for more information.
When the du Ponts resided at Winterthur, their family bedrooms were located on the 7th floor, now included on the American Interiors Tour. Here you will visit Ruth du Pont’s private retreat filled with her delicate Federal-style furnishings and H. F. du Pont’s bedroom and office suite, the nerve center of the Winterthur estate, with the sturdy New England Queen Anne and Chippendale style furniture he favored. Featured collections include delightful miniature furnishings, children’s tea sets, and sample pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries in the Miniature Stair Hall, while the Billiard Room displays the only known American billiard table made before 1825. Collections of needlework, silver, painted tin, drafting and surveying instruments, and jewelry are highlighted, along with magnificent mid-18th-century furniture crafted in Newport, Rhode Island and outstanding examples of painted furniture from Baltimore made in the early years of the new nation. Floors 1& 7. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.) for more information.
My Favorite Things
This one-hour tour is beyond description. Where will you go? What will you see? It’s all up to the guide. Go exploring with our most experienced interpreters to discover the places, objects, and stories they find most beautiful, most revealing, most compelling—all their own favorites. All we know is that it will be a different experience every time. Maybe you will discover your favorite things! (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email email@example.com.) for more information.
Winterthur Then & Now
This tour features the magnificent garden as well as several floors of the house. It focuses on the life of the du Pont family in the first half of the 20th century, the development of the collection of American decorative arts, and the evolution of a private estate into a public resource. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 2 hrs. Please call 800.448.3883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.) for more information.
Go into any major museum in America and odds are good that the conservators who care for the collections trained at Winterthur. Tour the world-famous conservation laboratories where works of art and antiquity are examined, studied, and cared for by expert conservators. Adult (age 8); 2 hr.; 1:00–3:00 pm; first Wednesday of every month; 10 person limit. Call 800.448.3883 or e-mail email@example.com.
One Crafty Tour
Bring a few friends for a short tour of select items in the museum, intended to inspire your own creations. Choose from either of two projects: bright, colorful Shrinky Dink pendants or earrings that are inspired by ceramic dishes; or bold pendants made from Sculpey that riff on a type of 18th-century embroidery. All materials are provided. Available Tuesday–Sunday, 2:00–4:00 pm; up to 5 people; 2 hours (45-minutes tour, 75 minutes for crafting); must book at least 1 week in advance; $125 per group. Members discounted.
Ask about our Private Tours and have a custom tour of the house or study a particular aspect of Henry Francis du Pont’s magnificent collection. Reservations required two weeks in advance. Adult; 2 hr.; 5 person limit. **Reservation 2 weeks in advance preferred. Call 800.448.3883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special House Tour: The Women of Winterthur
Daily, July 1 through November 20; 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Included with admission. Members free.