Winterthur Museum has reopened! Though the gardens have been open for some time, the estate had house remained closed until October 1 due to COVID-19 precautions. Now, guests can once again tour the fifth floor of the house (the main tour area) and the galleries to view Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library’s famed collection of Americana ... one of the largest collections of its kind in the world.
Tours are self-guided, capacity is limited, and masks must be work by all visitors and staff. Call 1-800-448-3883 or click here to make a reservation. Download the Winterthur smartphone app on Google Play or the Apple Store before your visit and use it to explore the house and galleries as well as the 1,000 acres of gardens, meadows and woodland.
In the galleries, the special exhibition “Winterthur’s Lady of the House,” which starts October 8, Ruth Wales du Pont explores her life as the wife of Henry Francis du Pont, who established the museum in their former home. The exhibition examines her roles as a social figure, musician, and hostess of four homes. The exhibition also includes a magnificent re-creation of her wedding gown.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, “Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman’s Lens” features objects from the museum’s collection as viewed through the lens of women’s history. It highlights objects and manuscripts representing more than three centuries of history, revealing unexpected stories that touch upon complex issues associated with gender, race, politics, religion, celebrity, and more.
Dining is available at the Pavilion Café Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with limited seating for safety. The Winterthur store and bookstore are open, with limited capacity, Tuesday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Winterthur has taken every precaution to protect the health of its visitors. Reduced capacity, timed tickets, one-directional paths in the garden, one-way routes through the galleries and house, and signs across the estate help ensure safe social distancing. All high-use areas are cleaned and disinfected several times a day.
Winterthur is also hosting “Fall for Winterthur: Scavenger Hunt!” Tuesdays through Sundays from October 5 to 31. Using Instagram (@winterthurmuse) for weekly clues, you’ll be led along creeks, over hills, through meadows and secret coves to find the treasures that await. Different scavenger hunts will be posted each week on Instagram throughout the month of October
Admission to Winterthur is $20 for adults; $18 for students and seniors; and $6 for ages 2 to 11.
There is something for the whole family here. Fall is one of the loveliest times of year to visit the grounds, and there is plenty of space for children to romp, run and explore . . . particularly in the magical Enchanted Woods. Touring the estate home is a great time to immerse yourself many chapters of American history and design at any time of the year. Make your reservation today!