Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Photo by Jeannette Lindvig
Just over Pennsylvania's border sits Winterthur and its 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life's work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature's beauty.

Director’s Garden Walks

Azalea Gardens in May

Formerly known as second Saturday Garden Walks, Winterthur’s Director’s Garden Walks are on the second Saturday of each month, year-round at 1:00 pm (unless otherwise noted). All walks begin and end at the Visitor Center and are free for Members and included with admission.

Join Winterthur’s Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand on a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape! Walks last about 90 minutes. 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 3 hours before the walk.

Celebrating Spring!

This spring, we invite you to join us in the garden for select special garden days to celebrate some of our most eye-catching blooms, while also enjoying our first-ever outdoor exhibition—Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. Take a stroll through the vibrant colors of the garden, marvel at the architectural wonders of garden follies, or join us for special garden events. There is so much to see and do in the garden this spring. We hope you'll join us!

Ceramics Up Close: Hands-On Study Days
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Join Winterthur staff, visiting scholars, and fellow collectors for this intimate and limited-registration opportunity to get an up-close look at ceramics. Registration opens January 22. For more information, call 800.448.3883.

Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden
Tuesday, March 12, 2019,
10am – 5pm

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill-these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden! The exhibition showcases whimsical and classic garden structures located throughout the Winterthur estate. Members free. Included with admission.

A Winterthur Conference
April  25–26, 2019

Join Winterthur staff, visiting scholars, and fellow collectors for this intimate and limited-registration opportunity to get an up-close look at 17th- and 18th-century American furniture, materials, tools, and techniques. Registration will open in January. Registration opens January 29. For more information, call 800.448.3883.

41st Annual Point-to-Point
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Enjoy a day of elite horse racing and celebrate the 41st Annual Point-to-Point. Join us for kids' activities, festive tailgating, and beautiful hospitality tents with elegant luncheons. Tailgate spots and wristband sales start March 1, 2019.

2019 Antiques Roadshow
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

PBS series Antiques Roadshow will visit Delaware for the first time as part of an upcoming five-city production tour this summer.
Antiques Roadshow will set up show at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, Delaware on June 18, 2019 for a day's worth of appraisals, PBS announced via a release. As with other stops on the production tour, three episodes of Antiques Roadshow will be produced from the Delaware event.
"Filming at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will allow our cameras to blanket the property, capturing appraisals with the action of the event as a backdrop, and, when possible, taking our audience 'backstage' to places the public isn't allowed or may miss seeing," Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko said of the stop.
Attendance is free, but organizers require that tickets be obtained for the event in advance. Fans may apply for one pair of free tickets per household via the official PBS website. More information is available at 888-762-3749. Applications close Feb. 11.