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Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America since 1640. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the family of founder Henry Francis du Pont called it home.

Winterthur is also 1,000 acres of protected meadows, woodlands, ponds, and waterways. The 60-acre garden, designed by du Pont, is among America’s best, with magnificent plantings and massive displays of color throughout the year. The graduate degree programs and extensive research library make Winterthur an important center for the study of American art and culture.

In his later years, du Pont wrote:

“I sincerely hope that the Museum will be a continuing source of inspiration and education for all time, and that the gardens and grounds will of themselves be a country place museum where visitors may enjoy as I have, not only the flowers, trees and shrubs, but also the sunlit meadows, shady wood paths, and the peace and great calm of a country place which has been loved and taken care of for three generations.”

H. F. du Pont

We invite you to visit and explore this exceptional place of learning, history, and beauty.

The Vision

Winterthur inspires exploration of American culture and landscapes through compelling stories and experiences.

Our Mission

Winterthur builds upon the vision of Henry Francis du Pont to inspire and educate through its collection, estate, and academic programs by engaging diverse audiences in the study, preservation, and interpretation of American material culture, art, design, and history.

Our Values

Our Values

  • Agility
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Inclusion
  • Transparency

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at Winterthur

Winterthur commits to nurturing a culture where everyone feels welcome and safe, and where diverse viewpoints are valued and respected. Housing collections of documents, plants, and objects made, used, owned, cultivated, and traded by people around the world, we feel a special obligation to share broadly inclusive stories, learnings, and experiences.

We strive to identify barriers to being equitable and inclusive so that we can acknowledge and remove them. We would like to hear about your experience here. Please share your thoughts at deai@winterthur.org.  

Land Acknowledgement

Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Library acknowledges and honors the Lenape who inhabited the lands of Winterthur and what is today northern Delaware and Pennsylvania prior to European contact. Lenape lifeways in Delaware once included activities along large drainage ways of the Delaware River and the Brandywine; smaller bodies of water, such as Clenny Run on the Winterthur property, were likely to have been grounds for hunting, fishing and gathering activities. May we remember the meaning and sacredness of this land for the Lenape who once made it their home and for the value it holds for all of us today.

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About H. F. du Pont
Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) was born at Winterthur and, in his…

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The Evolution of Winterthur
On this Instagram #TBT, we’re going all the way back to 1841.

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