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Research & Scholarship

Scholarship at Winterthur takes many forms. Our community of national and international leaders in cultural heritage, visiting researchers, students in two graduate programs, and our visitors all bring new insights to the collections at Winterthur.

We encourage new and critical approaches to a broad range of scholarly topics, including: material culture studies, social and cultural history, social justice, museum practice, art history, literary studies, American studies, design history, the decorative arts, landscape architecture and design, consumer culture, and conservation studies covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries. We also support fellowships designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works for general, non-academic audiences. 

Explore more about ongoing activities in the Library, Conservation, and Academic Programs including, object studies, scientific and analytical research, Research Fellowship Program, the Winterthur Portfolio, Publications, graduate classes, and more!


Be inspired and learn more about America’s heritage through Winterthur’s Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory, one of only a few state-of-the-art museum labs in the United States.

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Research & Treatment Highlights

View an up to date list of preservation and conservation events taking place at Winterthur.

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Graduate Programs

Winterthur offers two graduate programs: the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture  and the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation that train leaders in the fields of material culture and conservation, in partnership with the University of Delaware. 

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Digital Research Tools

Winterthur collaborates with partner institutions to develop tools for the study of decorative and fine arts. These resources feature objects from Winterthur’s museum and library collections as well as pieces from a number of public and private collections.

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Winterthur Portfolio

The Winterthur Portfolio is an interdisciplinary journal committed to fostering the knowledge of the American past through the study of art history, geography, ethnology, archaeology, anthropology, folk-life, and literary journals.

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Research Fellowships

Winterthur Research Fellowships are designed to support residential fellowships at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and remote fellowships for junior and senior scholars and creative professionals whose projects make use of Winterthur’s collections.

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