Discover Winterthur for free!

Discover the treasures in your own backyard! Explore the Winterthur Garden, take a hayride over the hills, and learn something new in our exhibitions. Enjoy live music and activities for all ages throughout the estate, from hiking and beekeeping to making crafts and story time. 

A sensory-friendly hour for those who wish to explore independently at their own pace is available 9:00–10:00 am. Guests can expect reduced crowds and noise, quiet spaces for respite, and on-hand support from skilled and friendly volunteers. 

Together with our community partners, Winterthur offers free fun—for everyone! Registration is recommended but not required.

Register now.

Vengan descubrir Winterthur sin pagar

Descubran lo que hay escondido muy cerca de Wilmington! Vengan explorar el inmenso jardín maravilloso de Winterthur, lleno de actividades para toda la familia como montar el carro lleno de paja, o aprendan algo nuevo en las galerías del museo de los artes decorativos americanos. Disfrutan de la música viva, y de varias actividades para toda la familia,  como caminar en el bosque,  observar las abejas y aprender sobre su vida, escuchar las historias para niños,  etc.

Si quieren una visita más tranquila,  vengan temprano.  La hora de las 9 hasta las 10 está reservada para los que quieren evitar mucho ruido y mucha gente. Por favor, compruebe de nuevo pronto para la inscripción y los detalles del evento.


Introductory House Tours* 

10:00 am–3:30 pm

Be sure to try the scavenger hunt in the house! 

Garden Tram Tour*

10:00 am–3:30 pm

See highlights of the garden and learn the history of Winterthur on this 30-minute narrated tour.

Guided Garden Walk 

11:00 am

Visit garden areas not seen from the tram route and discover what is best and beautiful today in our changing naturalistic garden. Meet at the Visitor Center Patio.


Visitor Center Café and Patio

Learn about all the colors in nature with New Directions Early Head Start. Explore Winterthur on a colorful photo scavenger hunt and receive crayons, books, bubbles, and more participating.

Come play with your child and learn how games and activities stimulate their development with Books, Balls and Blocks. Skill-building activities focus on communication and language, cognition and problem solving, fine and gross motor skills, and literacy.

Stop by Read Aloud Delaware, who will give away new and gently used books for children up to age 18. Pick up information about their Volunteer Reading Program and LENA Start—an exclusive free program designed to engage families and help them learn how to increase conversation with the children during the first few years of life to boost kindergarten readiness.  

A las 11 toman un Paseo con guía por el jardín, observando flores y partes del jardín que no se pueden ver normalmente.

New directions Early Head Start tiene muchas actividades para niños acerca de los colores en la naturaleza. Reciben regalitos aquí.

Read Aloud Delaware les ofrece libros nuevos y usados para jóvenes hasta la edad de 18. Tienen también información sobre sus programas de aprender leer.

Books, Balls & Blocks es un programa de juegos para los más jóvenes.

Greenhouses and Brown Horticulture Learning Center

 Learn which vegetables can be seeded for the cool-weather fall season and see demonstrations of seeding and transplanting vegetables into containers from the Food Bank of Delaware. Take home free seeding supplies to use your new skills at home. A donation box for canned goods will be in the Visitor Center Lobby; please donate if you are able.

Get all the buzz from Winterthur’s beekeeper, George Datto. Learn about the beekeeping process and get an up-close look at one of the observation hives.

Decorate your own terra cotta pots with garden-inspired designs. Plant a geranium seed in your custom terra cotta pots and learn how to care for it, and label your soon-to-be flower or vegetable by making your own wooden garden marker.

Explore inside the Head House and glimpse one of the areas of the estate that evokes Henry Francis du Pont’s passion for gardening and flowers. The greenhouses at Winterthur have been an integral part of the landscape since 1840 when the Bidermann family lived here.

Grow Your Own Microgreen Garden!  Learn about The Radish Project at Winterthur, part of a experimental study and public art project that’s using root vegetables to fracture and turn unused areas of asphalt green. Take home a microgreen garden based on radish patterns growing at Winterthur.  

Forgotten Cats will have many adorable cats and kittens for you to choose from. Maybe you’ll meet your new best friend! Get pre-approved at 

En el aparcamiento, aprendan como plantear rábanos en áreas poco utilizados. Se puede plantear aquí su propio jardinito para llevar a casa.

El grupo “Forgotten Cats” tiene muchos gatos adorables listos para ser adoptados. Vea

Food Bank of Delaware les avisa cuales de los vegetales se pueden crecer durante el otoño. Hay plantas gratis para llevar a casa.

Aprendan sobre la vida de las abejas! Señor George Datto les va a mostrar como viven estos animalitos, y como ellos nos ayudan en la vida diaria.

Head House —Vengan explorar el más antiguo de los invernaderos que habían en el campo de la familia du Pont.

Clenny Run Lawn

Concord High School’s Golden Raider Marching Band will present their 2023 field show, Cryptomundial: The Hidden World, as well as some other tunes you may recognize. Watch their performance at 1:30 pm.

A las 1:30 la banda de Concord High School va a presentar su espectáculo musical de 2023.

Galleries Reception Area

Ann Lowe: American Couturier Gallery Walks 

Explore the life and work of the remarkable and groundbreaking American designer in our new exhibition. See the nearly 40 gowns and dresses by Lowe—as well as the works of six contemporary designers. The largest exhibition of the work of Ann Lowe to date!

Meet Guiding Paws of Delaware, who raise puppies for Seeing Eye graduates who are blind or visually impaired. The Seeing Eye is an organization whose mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye® dogs.

The Tower Hill String Quartet from the Tower Hill School will perform, 11:00am–12:00pm.

Visiten el grupo Guiding Paws of Delaware para aprender sobre sus programas incorporando perros para ayudar a los ciegos.

Exposición de Anne Lowe, diseñadora americana de vestidos de lujo. Un guía les va a dar un paseo por la exposición cada 30 minutos de las 9 hasta las 4.

Hagan un paseo en carro lleno de paja, cada 30 minutos de las 10 hasta las 3.

Les gusta el ballet? Vengan a las 12:30 para ver un baile original por LaChelle Dickenson.

La Biblioteca de J. Lewis Crozer en Chester, Pennsylvania les ofrece varias actividades para explorar la herencia hispana.

Hay mas actividades aquí, ofertas del Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, del joven artista moderna Delaina Jolley, y del Hagley Museum y Library.


Jump on the hay wagon for a ride across the rolling hills and meadows. Hayrides will depart from the east side of the Galleries every 30 minutes, 10:00 am–3:00 pm. 

Join The Wilmington Ballet and I AM Art N Motion and discover dance at Discover Winterthur! They will perform an original modern work by choreographer LaChelle Dickenson.

Stop by the J. Lewis Crozer Library table and spark your curiosity and cultivate your creativity with story sharing and a crafts and hands-on activities celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Register for your Delaware County library card in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month. The Crozer Library supports the needs and interests of the Chester city community and beyond by providing opportunities and enriching experiences for people of all ages to explore, create, connect, and empower.

Visit with the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science for a sneak peek at a few of the amazing discoveries awaiting you when you visit the museum.

Create tissue paper daffodils, peonies, or flowers of your own design.

Meet local artist Delaine Jolley and see her artwork. Delaina is a multifaceted illustrator who incorporates bright color palettes, whimsical shapes, and portraits to invoke waves of emotion through her artwork.

Aim for a hole-in-one as you play six holes of miniature golf on a course inspired by Henry Francis du Pont’s personal course.

Visit the Rotunda for a moment of quiet in a sensory-friendly space with woven mats, noise-cancelling headphones, textured fabric samples, and wooden fidgets and toys.


Explore toys and games from the past, read a storybook, and make a colorful bookmark in the Winterthur Library, 10:00–3:00 pm.

Vengan de las 10 hasta las 3 para explorar juegos y juguetes del pasado, leer una historia para niños, y hacer tu propio marcador gratis para llevar a casa.

Enchanted Woods

Follow a story book trail as you read Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes.

Join The Wilmington Ballet and I AM Art N Motion and discover dance at Discover Winterthur. They will perform a fun and highly engaging demonstration of jazz and funk movement at 1:00 pm.

Combine paper, glue, and sticks to make a miniature tree house. Press and preserve a leaf to make a memento of the day.

Vengan seguir el libro “Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek” por Marianne Berkes, al pasear por el bosque.

A la 1 se van a presentar varios bailes modernos por los grupos Wilmington Ballet y I AM ART N Motion.

*House Tour and Tram Tours are first come, first served, 10:00 am–3:30 pm, with possible wait times of 20 minutes. The Guided Garden Walk and hayrides are also first come, first served. 

Food & Beverages

Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the garden, or purchase food onsite.

Visitor Center | Grilled Foods

Museum Store | Sandwiches and Bites

Thank You to Our Partners

Winterthur thanks our partner organizations that join us in celebrating community. Please consider donating or supporting one of these incredible local organizations.

Books, Balls and Blocks

Delaware Museum of Nature and Science

Concord High School’s Golden Raider Marching Band

Delaina Jolley

Food Bank of Delaware

Forgotten Cats

Guiding Paws of Delaware

Hagley Museum & Library

I AM Art N Motion

J. Lewis Crozer Library

Newark Ukesters

New Directions Early Head Start

Read Aloud Delaware

Tower Hill String Quartet

Wilmington Ballet

Winterthur’s Beekeeper, George Datto


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