Discover the treasures in your own backyard on this admission-free day at Winterthur!  Get outside and explore the summer garden, take a hayride over the hills, or learn something new in our galleries. Enjoy live music and activities around the estate such as beekeeping, crafting, garden hikes, and story time. Together with our community partners, Winterthur offers summer fun in the sun and shade! Join us free of charge all day. 

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Introductory House Tours*

10:00 am–3:30 pm

Be sure to try the scavenger hunt in the house!

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Winterthur’s Conservation Lab*

10:00 am–3:30 pm

Go behind the scenes in painting conservation to see paintings underneath other paintings, revealed by infrared photography and x-rays. 

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.

Best & Beautiful Garden Walk

11:00 am

Visit garden areas not seen from the tram route and discover the blooms and areas of peak interest on this guided garden walk to see what is best and beautiful today in our changing naturalistic garden. Meet at the Visitor Center Patio.

Clenny Run Lawn Activities

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

Galleries Reception Atrium Activities

See basket weaving by PartnerShip Crafts.

Learn the basics of origami folding—how to fold paper to create anything from a fearsome dragon to a simple crane, from elephants to pigs and birds to boxes. All skill levels welcome.

What’s beneath the surface of a painting? What does a priceless work of art look like under the microscope? Come and find out how Winterthur’s conservators and scientists use technology to learn how art is made and how we can preserve it for future generations.


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. 

Enchanted Woods

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

Enjoy live music by Bill at We Kids Rock, 10:30 am–12:30 pm.

Watch Monet Le’Mon, a Wilmington-based artist and a Winterthur staff member, paint live and see her  impressionist paintings based on Winterthur.

Food & Beverages

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

Visitor Center | Grilling

Museum Store | Sandwiches and Bites

Enchanted Woods | Sweet Treats


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

Brandywine Hundred Library

Delaware State University

Food Bank of Delaware

Head Start, The University of Delaware

Wilmington Ballet


*All tours (House Tour, Conservation Lab Tour, and Tram Tours)  are first come, first served, 10:00 am–3:30 pm, with possible wait times of 20 minutes. The Best & Beautiful Garden Walk and hayrides are also first come, first served.