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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: A Christmas Carol, Live!
Event start date
Dec.
08
Event time 1:00 pm-
3:00 pm

Audience: Adult, Family, Member

See Scrooge as you’ve never seen him before in this captivating, lively…

Event: Sensory Wine Tasting
Event start date
Dec.
08
Event time 5:00 pm-
6:30 pm

Audience: Adult, Member

Join us for a unique and fascinating wine seminar hosted by Riedel,…

Event: Wonderful Wednesdays
Event start date
Dec.
08
Event time 5:00 pm-
9:00 pm

Audience: Adult, Member

Spend an evening enjoying the holidays at Winterthur and linger longer, as…

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Museum Tours

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Yuletide House Tours
Featuring two distinctly designed and equally breathtaking trees showcasing exquisitely dried flowers, this…

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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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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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Beyond Transformations: Nottene
The Winterthur landscape inspires Nottene’s redesign of the galleries lounge. Kimberly Hall…

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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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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