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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Address: 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735
Phone Number: 800-448-3883
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Winterthur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, History Museums, Gardens, Specialty Museums, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Once a Du Pont family country retreat, this estate's spectacular gardens surround a 175-room...
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Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, History Museums, Gardens, Specialty Museums, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Once a Du Pont family country retreat, this estate's spectacular gardens surround a 175-room mansion housing the world's finest collection of American decorative arts from 1640-1860.

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We visited the house and grounds between Christmas and New Year. The tours of the house were sold out but they were letting people in for a partial look around. The tour area was off limits to those without a reservation. I would not have minded that so much but they charged full price regardless of this limited area of... More 

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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your visit to Winterthur. We are sorry that you were not able to take a house tour during your visit. Reserved Yuletide Tour tickets (house tours) were required during the Yuletide season this year. This was to ensure that those who were coming would have an opportunity to see both the house and... More 

New York City
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Winterthur is a must-see for anyone interested in American decorative arts. Francis du Pont had quite the eye for putting together furniture, textiles, china, silver, etc. Now, we get to enjoy it! Take one of the private, guided tours that Winterthur offers; it is well worth the time and fee! We took the two-hour private tour. What we saw was... More 

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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit to Winterthur. We are so glad to hear you enjoy the collection and the house. We hope you can visit again in the spring when the flowers are blooming in the garden. It is a beautiful site! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Tom was our tour guide at Winterthur; he's very well informed and personable. As a repeat visitor, it was fun to see this beautiful home at a different season of the year.

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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback on Winterthur. It is so nice to hear that you have visited us a few times. We are happy to hear you enjoy your time at Winterthur and can't wait to see you and many others during the spring season! More 

Doylestown, PA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

An hour long tour of the DuPont mansion with a wonderful docent. Although we only saw 3 floors of this 9 floor edifice, they were beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. I believe they decorate according to the seasons from the huge gardens on the grounds. Will go back in the spring to see what's new. I am told they... More 

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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback on your visit to Winterthur. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you can visit again soon! More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I love the treasures you discover within a reasonable driving distance from home. We went to see the Downton Abbey exhibit, which was fantastic. Unfortunately, that exhibit has moved on. The home is lovely and your experience will vary depending on your guide. Some are long winded and dry and my attention wonders. Others are much more entertaining, but it's... More 

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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit to Winterthur. We are pleased to hear you had such a great visit that it inspired you to join! There are many wonderful things to do throughout the year at Winterthur. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Burtonsville, Maryland, United States
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22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Unable to keep our Saturday reservations due to illness the Winterthur allowed us to come on Sunday to view the Downton Abbey costumes from the award winning show on PBS. The Downton exhibit was indeed beautiful and enlightening. Accompanied by clips from the show and comparisons to the DuPonts whose home is Winterthur. The Museum is an informative look at... More 

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Allison D, Director of Sales at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Winterthur. We hope you can visit again in the spring when the garden is blooming! More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We came to see the exhibit on Downton Abbey which was excellent. The mansion is somewhat unusual in that it is more vertical than horizontal. Those who are interested in Americana and antique furniture will find it quite interesting. The grounds are beautiful but consist mostly of trees and bushes, not much in the way of gardens. Since it was... More 

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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback regarding your visit to Winterthur. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the house tour and the exhibition Costumes of Downton Abbey. Regarding the garden, it is absolutely stunning in spring and summer, and into tall. The successive blooms showcase vivid colors and give off fragrant smells. We hope you do return.... More 

Commack, NY
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We specifically came to Winterthur to see the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit. Unfortunately it is closing January 4. This was an outstanding exhibit. The costumes were displayed beautifully, along with pictures and videos from the tv series. They also had much information comparing the lives of the DuPonts to the fictional Crawleys. It was all fascinating. As part of... More 

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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience at Winterthur. We hope you can visit us again soon! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Like so many others, we visited Winterthur for the Downton Abbey exhibit and Yuletide Tour for an exceptionally reasonable price of $23 each. The furnishings and architecture and the stories behind them are a unique piece of Americana and shouldn't be missed. I can't wait to return for a visit in the Spring as we were told that the azalea... More 

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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback on our visit to Winterthur. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience. We hope you can visit again soon! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We visited Winterthur for the Downton Abbey exhibit and the Yuletide House Tour. For the uninitiated, Winterhur is the 174 room estate of Henry Dupont that he filled with fine American antiques, furnishings and even facades of early buildings before they were lost forever. He started collecting these things long before the time when American antiques were collected and they... More 

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We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Winterthur. Thank you for sharing your experience and we hope you can visit again soon! More 

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