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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: Objects Up Close
Event start date
Apr.
20
Event time 10:00 am-
11:30 am

Audience: Adult, Member

Exploring Pigments, April 20 A broad spectrum of materials brings color to…

Event: Inspiring Design Virtual Lecture Series
Event start date
Apr.
20
Event time 6:00 pm-
7:00 pm

Audience: Adult, Member

Tuesdays in April, 6:00–7:00 pm. Virtual program Registration required. $15 per lecture;…

Event: Family Fun Fridays
Event start date
Apr.
30
Event time 6:30 pm-
8:00 pm

Audience: Child, Family

Join us for a night of socially distanced family fun presented by Winterthur and…

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Museum Tours

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Introductory Tour
Enjoy a self-guided tour into the premier entertaining rooms enjoyed by Henry…

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Group Tours
Be our guest! Explore this place of beauty, history, and learning! Winterthur…

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

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

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Object of the Month: Pier Table
“This pier table greets visitors with its lanky legs, hairy-paw feet, and a powerful stance that seems to say, ‘Look at me!’ How…

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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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Lady of the House: Ruth Wales du Pont
Was there a Mrs. du Pont? This exhibit answers that often-asked question.…

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Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens
Artfully crafted in fascinating forms, the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens features…

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With Hammer in Hand: The Story of American Craft
The Dominy collections of tools, furniture, clocks, watches, documents, and other objects open…

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Galleries
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Contact Us

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

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

Telephone:
(302) 888-4775

Fax:
(302) 888-4700