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Winterthur Museum is filled with historic and decorative objects collected and arranged according to the aesthetic principles of its visionary, Henry Francis du Pont. A passionate collector throughout his life, he transformed his family home into a showplace for objects made and used for centuries, then opened it as a museum to share America’s diverse stories with the public. The collection of more than 90,000 objects includes items ranging from the streamlined, functional furniture produced by the Shakers to opulent masterworks of 18th-century craftsmanship. Fine art such as works by America’s greatest early painters fill the rooms, as well as objects newly discovered and understood to be the work of enslaved individuals. Du Pont created spaces where his visitors would be immersed in beauty as well as history. We honor that tradition today, preserving the aesthetics of the museum while also telling the lesser known stories of people and events that shaped our nation.  

Museum Events

Event: Artist in Residence: Sarah Bourne Rafferty
Event start date
Jun.
13
Event time 10:00 am-
4:00 pm

Audience: Child, Family, Member

Wonders of Nature through Art Meet Artist in Residence Sarah Bourne Rafferty…

Event: Objects Up Close: Gendering Pockets and Purses
Event start date
Jul.
10
Event time 10:30 am-
11:30 am

Audience: Adult, Member

Explore the fascinating history of women’s and men’s pockets in this virtual…

Event: Artisan Market
Event start date
Jul.
19
Event time 12:00 pm-
6:00 pm

Audience: Adult, Family, Group, Member

Celebrate American Artistry! Spend a summer day—or the whole weekend—exploring Winterthur while…

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Museum Tours

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Introductory House Tour: Contemporary Artists at Winterthur
Explore how historic and contemporary art inform our understanding of the past…

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Guided Gallery Walk
Join us for a guided gallery walk of Transformations: Contemporary Artists at…

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More to Explore
Visit the multiple rooms and floors of the house on this 75-minute…

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Museum Collection

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Ceramics
Winterthur’s ceramics collection includes about 19,000 objects of types made in or…

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Furniture
Winterthur’s American furniture collection is the largest and arguably the finest in…

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Paintings & Prints
From the outset of his collecting in the 1920s, Henry Francis du…

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Glass
Henry Francis du Pont began collecting American glass early in his career,…

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Metalwork
Metalsmiths who settled in colonial America and trained successive generations of craftsmen…

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Textiles & Needlework
Henry Francis du Pont loved textiles for their colors, patterns, and textures.…

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Digital Collections

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Digital Museum Collection
Search records, many with images, for most of the 90,000 collection objects.

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Boston Furniture Archive (1630-1930)
Explore the Archive’s growing database of objects from collections in Massachusetts and…

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Exhibitions in the Galleries

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Conversations with the Collections
Explore the work that curators, conservators, and students do to understand, care…

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Outside In: Nature-inspired Design at Winterthur
Beginning in childhood, Henry Francis du Pont was a collector, gathering birds’…

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Bearing Witness
This new installation invites visitors, community members, artists, scholars, and advisors to…

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Contact Us

For inquires regarding our Museum Collections you may find us at:

Curatorial Intern
Museum Collection Division
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735

Telephone:
(302) 888-4775

Fax:
(302) 888-4700