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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807
800.448.3883

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

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Maria A.
Beautiful grand Estate!! Convinced my husband To make a stop here from a PA trip on our way heading back home to NJ. $20.00 per person for a one hour... read more