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Winterthur Museum - The Experience

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Experience the Winterthur Museum - including a guided tour.

A visit to Winterthur will immerse you in another time and place.

Winterthur is a great American country estate nestled in the heart of Delaware's beautiful Brandywine Valley, halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C.

It offers a variety of tours, exhibitions and programs for all ages to enjoy.

Discover the museum's magnificent collection of American antiques celebrating the best in style and craftsmanship.

Delight your senses with a stroll through the glorious 60-acre garden and surrounding landscape of woodlands, waterways and rolling meadows.

See Enchanted WoodsTM, the fairy-tale garden for children of all ages.

Explore the nationally renowned research library that is a center for the study of American art and material culture.

You'll be inspired to return again and again!

Winterthur Museum - The Experience Details

Length: 2 to 4 hours including 1 hour guided tour


Museum & Garden: Open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry at 3:15), Tuesday through Sunday

Library: Open 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday

Early January through Late November


Hotel pickup is not included for this tour. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Winterthur Museum - The Experience Description

The Estate

Winterthur, an American country estate, is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), an avid antiques collector and horticulturist. In the early 20th century, H. F. du Pont and his father, Henry Algernon du Pont, designed Winterthur in the spirit of 18th- and 19th-century European country houses.

From the littlest one in her stroller to her grandparents, there's something for every family member at Winterthur, an American country estate! Enjoy the beauty of the Winterthur Garden while riding a garden tram, strolling on our gentle walking paths, or experiencing the magic of our very special children's garden, Enchanted WoodsTM.

Have you always thought that museums were hands-off territory? Not in our Touch-It Room, where history fits into the palm of your hand. Special "touchables" in the Galleries also provide hands-on contact for all ages.

The Elegant Entertaining, Once Upon a Family, and annual Yuletide tours invite families into the former home of our founder, Henry Francis du Pont to see fabulous period rooms, fascinating historic objects, and, during the holiday season, a taste of celebrations of yesteryear. Winterthur also accommodates families on an everyday basis by providing child-friendly food in our restaurants, changing tables in restrooms, and stroller loans to ease tired little feet.

While Winterthur welcomes families throughout the year, we also invite our family visitors to special events on a monthly basis. From Breakfast with Santa to African American history presentations to the very special summer Terrific Tuesdays for the littlest ones, there's lots to do at Winterthur.

MORE ABOUT Enchanted WooodsTM:

Discover the magic of a fairy-tale garden with a visit to Enchanted WoodsTM, a unique children's garden at Winterthur. In a three-acre plot of the Winterthur Garden, the fairy folk created a magical landscape for children of all ages! Canopied by majestic oak trees, Enchanted WoodsTM has been taken over by the woodland fairies who live here and is transformed into a place of enchantment, mystery, and discovery. From the Tulip Tree House to the Faerie Cottage, children will find a new world to explore.

Costumes of Downton Abbey

Available March 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 40 historically inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. This exhibit is approximately 2 hours. You will be asked to select your requested tour time for Downton Abbey on the Order Form.

Hotel pickup is not included for this tour. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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