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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Winterthur, DE 19735
(302) 888-4600

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.

Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of color. Graduate programs and a preeminent research library make Winterthur an important center for the study of American art and culture.

Among the extraordinary holdings of the museum is one of the country’s finest collections of Massachusetts furniture outside of the Bay State.  More than 300 pieces of Boston furniture fill the collection and include stylish examples by such noted craftsmen as Benjamin Frothingham, John Cogswell, and John and Thomas Seymour.  Also on display are other Massachusetts masterpieces by the skilled Salem carver Samuel McIntire and the rural cabinetmaker Nathan Lombard.  Winterthur serves as a center for research on Massachusetts furniture.  The institution hosted a groundbreaking conference on Boston furniture in March 2013 and presently oversees the development of an on-line database of Boston furniture made between 1630 and 1930.