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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807

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 85,000 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.

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.

In his later years, du Pont wrote: 
I sincerely hope that the Museum will be a continuing source of inspiration and education for all time, and that the gardens and grounds will of themselves be a country place museum where visitors may enjoy as I have, not only the flowers, trees and shrubs, but also the sunlit meadows, shady wood paths, and the peace and great calm of a country place which has been loved and taken care of for three generations.

We invite you to visit and explore this exceptional place of beauty, history, and learning.

Library Hours:
Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Closed holidays

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Nearby Locations

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Nearby Parking

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Beautifully preserved estate with extensive grounds and wonderful interior. It is set up as if the owners just walked out or you expect someone from the... read more

Upcoming Events

Yuletide at Winterthur

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

December 17, 2017 12:00 AM
Occurs 22 more times through Jan 7
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Small Wonders Tour

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

December 17, 2017 9:00 AM
Occurs 21 more times through Jan 6

Treasures on Trial Guided Gallery Walks

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December 17, 2017 11:30 AM
Occurs 7 more times through Jan 7

Gentle Yoga, Year-Round at Winterthur

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December 21, 2017 9:00 AM
Occurs 54 more times through Dec 27

Director's Garden Walks

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

January 13, 2018 1:00 PM
Occurs 7 more times through Jul 14