Winterthur Museum and Garden
Route 52
Winterthur, DE 19735
(800) 448-3883 • (302) 888-4600

Places Nearby:
Historic Houses of Odessa
Brandywine Zoo
Delaware Art Museum
Delaware Center for Contemporary Art
Hagley Museum
Nemours Mansion and Garden
Delaware Children's Museum
Wilmington & Western RR
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Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the nation, Winterhur, the legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, offers families and groups a chance to get away for a quiet afternoon or day of culture and art.

Winterhur features outstanding changing exhibitions of American decorative arts in the Thomas A. Graves, Jr. Gallery, and tours of the mansion's Period Rooms. The Touch-it Room is an exciting experience for the entire family. A Jacob's ladder, a bean bag, and other toys and objects like those used in the 18th and 19th centuries can be handled here. Visitors can explore an 1830-style country store to get the feeling of what life was like a long time ago.

One of America's premier naturalistic gardens, Winterhur brightens each season with different blooms in a kaleidoscope of color and form.

Individuals and families can tour most areas of Winterhur on their own, or join a one of the Guided Tours: Introduction to Winterhur: a one-hour adventure for all ages through selected period rooms; Decorative Arts Tour: a one- or two-hour tour for ages 12 and older; or a Garden Walk: a seasonal guided walk through the garden.

Similar tours are available for Groups, including School Groups.

Preceding or following a tour, the Visitor Pavilion is the perfect place for a continental breakfast or lunch.

Family events are a specialty here throughout the year, with something happening almost every weekend, from special exhibitions to seminars to first-rate performances. Call for the current calendar.

An outstanding Library for research of history and art is also available.

Winterhur also administers the Historic Houses of Odessa.

Hours: .Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Last tour ticket sold at 3:15pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays and during Yuletide), Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Library is open weekdays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Closed on Monday holidays. Call to confirm hours. Winterthur closes annually for a period during the winter season. Call for details or visit the official website linked above.

Admission: (The Winterthur Experience Tour): includes the Galleries & Special Exhibitions, the Garden, and a one-hour House Tour.



Children 8 - 11








Admission: includes the Galleries & Special Exhibitions, the Garden. Does not include a House Tour.



Children (2-11)




Seniors (62+)


Students w/ID


A variety of other tours is available. Call for details or visit Winterthur's official site.

Groups: A variety of tours and special rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Call for details.

Reservations: 2 weeks for groups. Individuals wanting a guided tour should call several days ahead.

Lunch: Pavilion Cafeteria.

Handicapped Access: Accessible.

Directions: I-95 South to Wilmington Exit 7, Delaware/Pennsylvania Ave. From ramp turn right at light, stay in left lane to stay on Pennsylvania Ave. (Rt. 52). Proceed about 6 miles to Winterhur. Abouot 30 - 60 minutes from Philadelphia.

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