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“Best change you’ll have to learn about American furniture 101”

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Best change you’ll have to learn about American furniture 101”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

I never thought I'd be interested in the fine points of American furniture making, but my visits to Winterthur have exposed me to the basics in a delightful way. Even a quick walk through the museum set an impression that sticks with you for life. For example, did you know the why the "feet" of American furniture look different? I didn't either until I saw the simple explanation and illustration in the permanent exhibition. My suggestion is to take the house tour once (unless you get hooked), and return for the Christmas displays, which are beautiful and unique. Warning: you easily can get tired of the endless docent tales of du Pont family traditions: they have all been drinking the KoolAid.

Note: Although I have visited Winterthur many times simply to walk the grounds without taking the house tour, or visiting the museum, I have been told by a member that you absolutely must have a ticket, or membership to enjoy this amenity. The docents and staff are a tad frosty at the idea that someone might just park and stroll in.

Frankly, I’m not sure Winterthur’s managers have come to grips with the fact that people come to the property for various reasons, including lectures, and visits to the gift shop, who do not pay a grounds fee to stroll around afterwards. Is this wrong? Is it the visitor’s fault that Winterthur doesn’t manage its inbound visitor traffic more effectively or smartly offer, at the front gate, an easy low-cost informal drop-in rate for recreational visitors? Duh.

Visited November 2011
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Wilmington, Delaware
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“One of Delaware's treaures!”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

Winterthur is a wondferul location to visit, with several outstanding features. I especially enjoy flowering plants and beautiful, majestic trees in a natural setting. I get a membership nearly every year as it is a place I want to return to again and again.

Visited June 2011
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews
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“Brandywine Countryside”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Absolutely fabulous. A glimpse into another age. Beautiful gardens.

Visited April 2012
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George Town, Grand Cayman
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“A way of life, few can experience, but you can look back in time.”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

One of the many fine homes of the Dupont Family in this the Brandywine valley. I have seen many of the homes both those open as meuseums and those still owned by the family. This one is a tribute to furnishings and decorations from various periods.

Visited August 2011
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North Plainfield, New Jersey
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed April 6, 2012

Amazing what we learned about the Duponts but the grounds were incredible. You can walk to your hearts content and feel all by yourself. The flowering trees and enchanted forest were just amazing!

Visited April 2012
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