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5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)

Winterthur, Delaware 19735


*Prior to visiting, please check our website page regarding COVID-19 for up-to-date information on availability and access. 

House Tour Hours
Self-guided tours of the fifth floor of the house are available Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 am–2:00 pm.

Garden and Estate Grounds Hours
Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm.
Members have dawn to dusk access to the garden and grounds.

Guided Tram Tour Hours
March–May, Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. Space and weather permitting.

Guided Garden Walks Hours
Best and Beautiful Garden Walks are offered Saturdays at 2:00 pm.  Take a Hike walking tours are offered Sundays at 2:00 pm. Reservations required. Limited 10 people per walk. 

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Curator’s Gallery Walks

First Tuesday of each month, through April, 2:00–2:45 pm

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Join a curator for an informal discussion of the Lady of the House exhibit, which tells the story of Ruth Wales du Pont and features a fabulous reproduction of her wedding dress, along with objects and images from the Winterthur archives. Included with admission. Members free.

Best & Beautiful Garden Walk

Saturdays, 2:00–3:00 pm

Discover areas of peak bloom and interest. One-hour walk; Begins at the Brown Horticulture Center, near the Greenhouse complex. Reservation required, limited to 15 people.  Masks required for guide and participants.

Take a Hike

Sundays, 2:00–3:00 pm

Enjoy the health benefits of hiking, while exploring Winterthur’s trails with confidence. With over 10 miles of roads and 1,000 acres of scenery, Winterthur’s guides will help you discover the perfect trail. Hike begins at the Visitor Center Patio. Reservation required, limited to 15 people.  Masks required for guide and participants. Included with admission. Members free. Cancellations due to weather or low attendance may occur.

Garden Director’s Walk

Saturday, March 13, 1:00–2:30 pm

Join Director of Garden and Estate Chris Strand on a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape! Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 approximately three hours before the walk. Members free. Included with admission.

Link to all of these programs and more!

Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of color. Graduate programs and a preeminent research library make Winterthur an important center for the study of American art and culture.

Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.

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