Like most Mid-Atlantic and Northern states, here in Pennsylvania our outdoor sites often close over the winter months.   But a sure sign of spring is the re-opening of historic Winterthur (pronounced Winter-tour), when they bring tourists and residents alike, a host of new and exciting programs, collections, exhibits and tours to explore.

The estate presides over 979 acres near Brandywine Creek, with 60 acres of naturalistic gardens.

Initially a collector of European art and decorative arts in the late 1920s, Henry Francis du Pont became became a prominent collector of American decorative arts, building onto his Winterthur estate to house his collection, conservation laboratories, and administrative offices.

The museum has 175 period-room displays and approximately 85,000 objects. Most rooms are open to the public on small, guided tours. The collection spans more than two centuries of American decorative arts, notably from 1640 to 1860, and contains some of the most important pieces of American furniture and fine art.

Stroll through the Garden on your own or enjoy a narrated Garden tram tour. Be sure to take the children to the award-winning Enchanted Woods, perfect for kids of all ages. 

There are dozens of tours throughout the year but here are a few of the new 2017 Tours and Exhibits:

Time Traveler's Tour -- March 1–July 2
Learn about the lifestyle of the du Pont family while exploring rooms and spaces where they played, worked, and entertained. This fun, interactive tour is designed especially for families with children ages 4–11 and includes a take-home sticker album and activity book.

Reserved Tours (requiring separate tickets)

Antiques & Architecture Tour -- March 1–October 29
When H. F. and Ruth Wales du Pont lived here, they called the fourth floor the entrance floor since it is where they welcomed their guests in rooms designed to create fabulous first impressions. Today visitors on the Antiques & Architecture Tour will see those reception rooms and surrounding spaces filled with outstanding collections of furniture and accessories dating primarily from the 18th century, with particular emphasis on high-style Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture from the mid-1700s.

American Interiors Tour -- March 1–July 2
When the du Ponts resided at Winterthur, their family bedrooms were located on the 7th floor and those rooms are now included on the American Interiors Tour. 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 estate, filled with the sturdy New England Queen Anne and Chippendale-style furniture he favored. Featured collections 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 displays the only known American billiard table made before 1825. 

5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19735
Snacks and lunch are served at both the Garden Cafe and Cottage Cafe.
Different tours feature different areas on the estate, and may have specific requirements.
Click below to email Winterthur for more information. 
Winterthur Website