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Winterthur Things to Do

  • For Downton Abbey Devotees Only

    "This exhibition celebrates the costumes of Downton Abbey and invites you to compare the British lifestyle of the fictional Downton Abbey with that of the real-life American Winterthur estate."~ Winterthur MuseumThe fascination audiences have for the PBS series "Downton Abbey" may never be articulated well enough to explain it to those who don't...

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  • An Unselfish Act: The Winterthur Museum

    In 1837, Jacques Antoine Bidermann, and his wife, Evelina, a daughter of E. I. du Pont, began the construction of a 12-room house they would name "Winterthur" after Mr. Bidermann's ancestral home in Switzerland. Although quite large for its day in 1837, Winterthur would grow even larger and eventually be expanded to include 175 rooms! Today...

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  • A Library to Love

    The Winterthur Library is most probably overlooked by everyday visitors. My daughter and I did not have time to see it either which is a shame because I love libraries --- that is to say I love good libraries that also have loads of physical charm.Established in 1952 by Mr. Henry Francis du Pont , the Winterthur Library's mission is to provide...

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  • Henry Francis du Pont's Gardens

    Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) might be considered a 20th century "Renaissance man." He was born at Winterthur and, by his own admission, "always loved everything connected with it." Winterthur was his life's work. Again I find myself relating Winterthur and Mr. du Pont's personal sentiments about it to the fictional character of Lord Grantham,...

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  • Winterthur's Visitor's Center

    Your visit to Winterthur begins with the Visitor's Center. A short walk from the parking lots, this building is where you will find the Visitor Services desk, information & maps, Garden Café, a gift shop, and clean restrooms. From here you will take a shuttle for a tour of the gardens or a shuttle to the house museum and exhibitions, but you may...

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  • visit the Winterthur Mansion

    This house is architectually magnificent with gables and arches and collonades and super-high vaulted ceilings and tapestried walls. The furniture is esquisite and covers several 19th-early-20th century fashions. The silverware and china are sparkling and diverse from room to room. There is ornately carved molding and balconies with great views...

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  • Gardens at Winterthur

    Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) was quite a gardener, and he might have still been alive when I visited Winterthur in the spring and summer of 1969. As a young man, he had taken classes at the Arnold Arboretum and he planted his first narcissus bulbs at Winterthur in 1902. He worked with MIT-trained landscape architect Marian Coffin on nearly 70...

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  • Museum at Winterthur

    In 1969 when we were living in Philadelphia, my family (including at least 2 children under 8) visited Winterthur and did the family accessible section of the museum. I remember that we saw four or five rooms similar to the ones that I saw later in the main museum. I think this would have been something similar to# Gracious Living: View American...

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  • Campbell Soup Tureen collection

    This tureen Was made in France or Italy between 1720 & 1750, said to have been made for Prince Marc de Beauvan-Craon. This one is very large. early eighteenth-century Europe. Omula-Brass Tureen.

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  • Many great fountains!

    Al the gardens are full of beautiful European fountains and statues. Take a walk through the many gardens and enjoy the wonderful flowers and nature. Just off to the left of the Reflecting Pool is the Enchanted Woods for the kids, many things to keep them busy while you rest!

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  • The Reflecting Pool

    The Reflecting Pool is a wonderful garden area designed in 1929 by architect/ landscaper Marian Coffin, with many places to sit, and lot of large marble outcoves with benches if it starts raining. There are water fountains every where!

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  • The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens

    These are some beautiful Antique Soup Tureens in many diferent shapes and sizes. The coleection started in 1966 through the inspiration of the late John T. Dorrance Jr. The first purchase was an American silver tureen with the coat of arms of George Washington. During the next few years the number grew to include ceramic and precious metals from...

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Winterthur Restaurants

  • A Bit of Refinement ~ Afternoon Tea

    Following our visit to the House Museum and the "Costumes of Downton Abbey " special exhibit, we had reservations for afternoon tea at the Garden Cafe in the Visitor Center Pavilion. Our timed reservation was for 3pm. Our shuttle bus from the House Museum took only minutes and we arrived at the Cafe slightly early. However, we were admitted to the...

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  • Time for a Break? Try This Airy Cafe

    Whether before or after visiting the House Museum, Special Exhibits and Galleries, the "Cottage Cafe" is a very pleasant place to take a coffee break, have a light lunch, snack or even have a glass of wine. Recently redesigned, the Cottage Cafe is located in H. F. du Pont's Cottage (now the Museum Store) which the family occupied and used for...

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  • Picnic or Snack

    I don't remember the Cappuccino Cafe (but then again, I don't drink coffee, so I might not have paid attention to it) It is located near the museum entrance, the café features snacks, soup, sandwiches, and specialty drinks.Hours:Tuesday-Friday, 8 am-4 pmSaturday, 9 am-5 pmSunday 10 am-5 pmAs an alternative, ticketed visitors are welcome to picnic...

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Winterthur Transportation

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    Air conditioned Shuttles

    by tpangelinan Updated Sep 24, 2003

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    This shuttle takes you around the Estate, stops at the visitors center,the museum store,and the museum entrance. the bus is also equipped with a hydraulic lift and 1 wheelchair securement device. High chair, strollers,and wheelchairs are available just ask at the resception area.

    Shuttle at the entrance to the museum
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Winterthur Shopping

  • Fine Collectibles and Gifts

    One of three shops we saw while visiting this museum was Winterthur Museum Store which is not only the building adjacent to the house museum and exhibition galleries, but the building which served as the home of the du Pont family when the original house became a permanent museum opened to the public in 1951. Just down a shady little path, entry to...

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  • On-Line and In Person

    I have gotten a Winterthur catalog for many years. Apparently there is not only a Museum Store, and a Book Store, but there is also an outlet in Alexandria (address below), and an on-line store.You do not have to purchase an admission ticket to shop at any of the Museum Stores, where you'll find a wide selection of unique items, including: * home...

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  • The Museum Store

    Wonderful shop, rather large. This place has everything from plant to candles and keychains! Beautiful prints of the paintings inside the museum, just everything! The plants are grown in their greenhouses on the grounds. Everything!! Prices are pretty good.

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Winterthur What to Pack

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    Alot of walking

    by tpangelinan Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring very confortable shoes!! Depending on what you do there can be a lot of walking, there are wheel chairs and strollers available. If you need a rest set up to go on the tram for a tour through the many gardens.

    Photo Equipment: Of course, do not forget your camera and batteries! You will be taking photos at every corner, the museum os full of over 85,000 antiques!

    Shuttle is a good thing!
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Winterthur Off The Beaten Path

  • Water Lilies

    Pretty water lillies, little frogs and fish! The pond is full of all kinds of critters including turtles. It is very peaceful to just sit and gaze into the reflecting pool.

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  • Loved the window and marble stairs

    Try looking around corners and in little back alleys for some great old architecture. You can see how the early 1800 European look is carried throughout the estate. Marble and slate are every where!

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  • Another photo op!

    A diferent angle of the Reflecting Pool from atop of the East Terrace with a great gated iron Arbor with light for enjoying at night. The stone work is incredible!

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Winterthur Favorites

  • Succession of Bloom

    I can't tell for sure, but I think this might be part of the Sundial Garden which used to be the croquet lawn and tennis courts. It was designed as an April garden by landscape architect Marian Coffin. In this garden the flowers cluster around a central armillary sundial.The pictures that I have seem to indicate that I was there in the middle of...

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  • An American Country Estate

    Winterthur was named after what is now the second largest city in Kanton Zürich, Switzerland. I know they told me what the reason for the name was, but I don't remember whether it was because that's where the du Ponts were from, or for some other reason. In 1839, it was a 12 room Greek Revival house. Five generations had lived there before Henry...

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  • The tram starts back here.

    The view is of the rear entrance to the museum, good handicap parking back here. There is also a tram which pulls about 6 cars total and can seat about 12 people per car. The tram takes you on a tour through all the gardens, the Sundial, Peony , and Quarry gardens.

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