Winterthur Travel Guide

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    House with conservatory
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  • Ducks on the dam in 1969
    Ducks on the dam in 1969
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    Stairs to the East Terrace
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Winterthur Things to Do

  • 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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  • So many Tureens, soo little time!

    Soo many more beautiful Tureens. As you walk into the Libray you are greeted by hundreds of antique soup tureens, some dating back to early 17th century.

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  • Wonderful Suprise

    At the top you are rewarded with a great view of the reflecting pool! In 1929 Henry Francis DuPont planned a major enlargement of the house and gardens. He commisioned his lifelong friend, Landscape Architect Marian Coffin, to design the garden. Coffin was inspired symmetry, proportions & architectural features of Italian Renaissance gardens.

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Winterthur Restaurants

  • 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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  • Rose Garden

    Because Winterthur has such extensive grounds, it is particularly good that there is some provision for eating lunch. Otherwise in the space between tours, there wouldn't be time to drive offsite to get something to eat.Located in the Visitor Center, the Garden Cafeteria offers lunch, snacks, and Sunday Brunch.Hours:10 am-4 pm (hot food 11 am-3...

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Winterthur Transportation

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    Shuttle at the entrance to the museum

    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.

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Winterthur Shopping

  • 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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    Shuttle is a good thing!

    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!

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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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