The following tours will be offered November 23, 2019—January 5, 2020. 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.
Enjoy the beauty and traditions of the season, from historic holiday decorations and celebrations to du Pont family Christmas customs. This year's tour features nearly a dozen decorated Christmas trees. 1 hour; 10:30 am–3:30 pm, every half-hour. Please call 800.448.3883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Seventh floor; 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email email@example.com.) for more information.
Antiques & Architecture
H. F. du Pont called the fourth floor of his house the entrance floor when he and Ruth Wales du Pont lived here, since this is where they welcomed their guests in rooms designed to create fabulous first impressions. Today visitors on the Antiques & Architecture Tour will see those reception rooms and surrounding spaces filled with outstanding collections of furniture and accessories dating primarily from the 18th century, with particular emphasis on high-style Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture from the mid-1700s. Contrasting with these elegant interiors are colorful Pennsylvania German fraktur and painted chests displayed against the architectural backdrop of a rustic 1750s stone farmhouse. Specialty collections include an array of mold-blown glass pocket flasks from the early 1800s, an expansive display of iron cooking implements, Philadelphia pewter from the mid-1700s, and cupboards full of diverse ceramics including colorful delftwares from England and the Netherlands, whimsical Pennsylvania German sgraffito, refined creamware by Wedgwood in a variety of patterns, and Chinese porcelains in the famille rose palette, which was H. F. du Pont’s personal favorite. First and fourth floors; 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.) for more information.
Small Wonders Tour will delight with you miniatures from the Winterthur collection. Third and eighth floors; 1:00 and 3:00 pm. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email email@example.com.) for more information.
H. F. du Pont: The Collector
This two-hour tour reveals stories of intrigue and interplay among collectors, dealers, and the antiques market in the first half of the 20th century. Multiple floors; 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. *Not available November 30 and December 1 or the week of December 30 (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hour. 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.