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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735
800-448-3883
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Winterthur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, History Museums, Libraries, Specialty Museums
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
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Hertford, North Carolina, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I had heard of Winterthur before but had never visited. We went especially to see the Downton Abbey Costume exhibit, which was outstanding. We also took the tram tour of the gardens. Not much was in bloom in this season, but it was still enjoyable to see all of the old-growth trees that have been maintained on this estate. Unfortunately,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Hello! We arrived at opening and walked the paved, downhill path from the parking lot to the visitor center. There is a handrail for those unsteady on their feet. (Handicap parking is available at the visitor center.) I recommend wearing comfy shoes because you will be on your feet a lot (but there are plenty of opportunities to sit down).... More

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Camp Hill
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The exhibit is a very small part of a large estate and garden property. It is one of the most well run attractions I have been to lately. The mini-buses and electric trams leave promptly with very short wait times. The 300 staff and 300 volunteers keep the tours of the house, garden and galleries moving like clockwork. The cafe... More

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Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

But the tour through the palatial estate was a bit too programmed and brief and the tour guide rather condescending, as if she was a DuPont, not a docent. It is a paradigm of conspicuous consumption.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Wow. The estate is immaculate. The Downton Abbey exhibit is what brought me to Winterthur; the luscious gardens and wonderous estate following were absolutely gorgeous. Definitely worth the trip. Such intricate detailing in both the costume exhibit and the du Pont estate. There are many historical pieces dating back to George Washington, such as the dishes from the White House.

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Columbia, MD
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This temporary exhibit was very professionally done. It was well paced and employed multi-media, including clips from the popular PBS show, often showing the actors in thee costumes exhibited. An interesting aspect was the comparison of service in the British home with staff at the DuPont mansion, where the exhibit was held. In fact, this collocation added significantly to the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Even if you didn't like the series (and who couldn't?)you would be amazed at the several guided tours available. We did the Estate tour as well and our guide had worked there for eighteen years. A fund of history and personal and anecdotes. Must visit.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We love Winterthur in its own right. The one-hour introductory tour is always interesting and the garden tram is also a delight. Each docent or driver shares something a little different. The special event for us this time was the Downton Abbey exhibit. You have a time slot for entry into the exhibit and can stay as long as you... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Spent a relaxing day trip to visit Winterthur, beautiful estate of the duPont family in Delaware. Of course, the Downton Abbey exhibit was the draw but the entire visit was delightful.The home is beautifully furnished, however, the gardens are where the family lovingly left their mark. The blooms were gorgeous but the guide told us it is even more spectacular... More

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Pekin, Illinois
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190 reviews 190 reviews
79 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The museum has fantastic rooms of furniture, china, paintings, panelling, etc. The landscape is mostly trees and shrubs which are beautiful. There is a short guided ride around the property. While we were at the museum, they were featuring the costumes from Downton Abbey - fascinating. We had lunch in the restaurant which was good - salads, soup, hot items,... More

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