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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
(H. F. Du Pont)

Rt 52
Winterthur, Delaware

Phone: 302-888-4600 --

Statement of Purpose:

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is the former country estate of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969).

The museum houses his collection of decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in two buildings.

The 175 Period Rooms (opened 1951) are seen on guided tours. The self-guided Galleries opened in 1992 and feature"Perspectives on the Decorative Arts in Early America," an introductory exhibition, in the Walter J. Laird, Jr. Gallery; furniture and traditions of craftsmanship in the Henry S. McNeil Gallery; and changing exhibitions in the Thomas A. Graves, Jr., Gallery. The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Research Building houses conservation facilities and a research library.

Highlights & Collections:


The collection of more than 89,000 objects includes furniture, textiles, pewter, paintings, prints, silver, ceramics, glass, needlework and brass. Highlights include Chippendale furniture by Newport cabinetmakers John Townsend and John Goddard; a set of six silver tankards by Paul Revere; paintings by Gilbert Stuart, John Copley and Charles Willson Peale; pewter by William Will; a pair of sofas owned by John Dickinson, "penman of the American Revolution;" Pennsylvania-German earthenware; and Chinese export porcelain, including a 66-piece dinner service made for George Washington.

The library has 72,580 volumes of books, along with approximately 500,000 manuscripts, microfilm, periodicals, and photographs relating to the American arts to 1920; their European antecedents; and American history and culture.

The garden contains a vast collection of exotic and native plants. Naturally landscaped meadows and woodlands surround the museum. Rare rhododendron and azaleas are massed in spectacular displays. The five-acre Pinetum contains an extensive collection of some of the rarest conifers in the eastern United States. Ponds and streams dot the rolling landscape. Miles of surfaced paths and woodland trails crisscross the estate.

Winterthur also owns and operates Historic Houses of Odessa, four restored 18th- and 19th-century homes in the town of Odessa, DE. Call 302.378.4069.


M-Sa: 9-5; Su: 12-5.

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Key Personnel:

Leslie G. Bowman, Director

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