The following tours will be offered March 1–June 30, 2019. Reserved Tours are not included in general admission and require a separate ticket. Tickets for the spring season are available for purchase online , by calling 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600 (TTY 302.888.4907), or onsite at Winterthur by visiting the Visitor Services desk in the Visitor Center.
The Introductory Tour takes you into the premier entertaining rooms enjoyed by H. F. du Pont’s friends in the 1930s and ’40s decorated for spring with fresh flowers. At that time, guests arriving at Winterthur for a country house weekend were ushered first to the Marlboro Room for afternoon tea and later were escorted to the magnificent dining room for a meal consisting almost entirely of foods grown on the Winterthur estate. After dinner, guests might repair to the Chinese Parlor to enjoy a game of cards while listening to Ruth du Pont play show tunes on her Steinway, or they might relax in the Conservatory amid H. F. du Pont’s ever-changing display of blooming plants, before ascending the elegant curving Montmorenci Staircase to their bedrooms. Walk in their footsteps among the exquisite objects that make up H. F. du Pont’s premier collection of American decorative arts and elegant rooms accented with abundant flowers taken fresh from the Winterthur cutting garden and greenhouses. Fifth and sixth floors; 1 hour; 10:30 am–3:30 pm, every half-hour. Please call 800.448.3883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Time Traveler's Tour
Learn about the lifestyle of the du Pont family while exploring the spaces where they played, worked, and entertained decorated for spring with fresh flowers. Designed especially for families with children ages 4–11. Includes take-home sticker album and activity book. Fifth and sixth floors and garden; 1 hour; 10:30 am–3:30 pm, every half-hour. Please call 800.448.3883 or email email@example.com for more information.
Designing with Flowers
Examine how floral design and arrangements have changed over time. This tour includes a visit to Winterthur's Flower Room. Fourth, fifth, and sixth floors; 1:00 and 3:00 pm. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.) for more information.
On this tour, you will visit Ruth du Pont’s private retreat, filled with her delicate Federal-style furnishings, and H. F. du Pont’s bedroom and office suite, the nerve center of the Winterthur estate, filled with the sturdy New England Queen Anne and Chippendale style furniture he favored. Featured collections on this tour include delightful miniature furnishings, children’s tea sets, and sample pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries in the Miniature Stair Hall. The Billiard Room, also on the tour, displays the only known American billiard table made before 1825. Collections of needlework, silver, painted tin, drafting and surveying instruments, and jewelry are highlighted, along with magnificent mid-18th-century furniture crafted in Newport, Rhode Island and outstanding examples of painted furniture from Baltimore made in the early years of the new nation. First and seventh floors; 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hr. Please call 800.448.3883 or email email@example.com.) for more information.
My Favorite Things
Visitors often ask guides, “You know the collection so well, what do you like best?” Here’s your chance to find out! Every tour will be unique as each guide delights in sharing his or her personal favorites with you. Various floors; 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 1 hour. Please call 800.448.3883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.) for more information.
Winterthur Then & Now
This tour features the magnificent garden as well as several floors of the house. It focuses on the life of the du Pont family in the first half of the 20th century, the development of the collection of American decorative arts, and the evolution of a private estate into a public resource. 10:30 and 1:00 pm; (Adult [age 8 and above ]; 2 hrs. Please call 800.448.3883 or email email@example.com.) for more information.
Go into any major museum in America and odds are good that the conservators who care for the collections trained at Winterthur. Tour the world-famous conservation laboratories where works of art and antiquity are examined, studied, and cared for by expert conservators. Adult (age 8); 2 hr.; 1:00–3:00 pm; first Wednesday of every month; 10 person limit. Call 800.448.3883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Crafty Tour
Bring a few friends for a short tour of select items in the museum, intended to inspire your own creations. Choose from either of two projects: bright, colorful Shrinky Dink pendants or earrings that are inspired by ceramic dishes; or bold pendants made from Sculpey that riff on a type of 18th-century embroidery. All materials are provided. Available Tuesday–Sunday, 2:00–4:00 pm; up to 5 people; 2 hours (45-minutes tour, 75 minutes for crafting); must book at least 1 week in advance; $125 per group. Members discounted.
Ask about our Private Tours and have a custom tour of the house or study a particular aspect of Henry Francis du Pont’s magnificent collection. Reservations required two weeks in advance. Adult; 2 hr.; 5 person limit. **Reservation 2 weeks in advance preferred. Call 800.448.3883 or e-mail email@example.com.