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...more
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...more
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...more
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!more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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!
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...more
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...more