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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.
Reviewed April 21, 2008

It was nice to see an American mansion furnished with predominately American furniture and antiques. It felt more like a home than a museum and wasn't overblown like many of the more heralded American "castles." The setting is gorgeous--I recommend taking the garden tram to the house. The galleries are definitely worth a look. My only objection is that the guided house tours were timed too close together. Our guide seemed to rush us through so we wouldn't collide with another tour group.
She seemed irritated if anyone asked too many questions as it might hold up the group. There was a feeling of "get 'em in, get
'em out."

2  Thank sb_osobailiando
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Reviewed October 21, 2007

We came here on October 14th, 2007. We had reservations for Sunday Brunch. We were disappointed at the Brunch. The small area was too cramped. The food was average and the service was poor. We had reservations for the house that we had made from home and we picked up our tickets at the Visitor Center. We then took a tram through the Gardens. The Gardens and Mansion are huge. This time of year there just was not much that was blooming. When we got off the tram we walked around some of the garden. It is nice but not spectacular. The house tour lasted 1 1/2 hours. The tour we took was Elegant Living Tour which only gives you a sample of the house. The gift shops were lacking in basic souvenirs such as postcards, charms, prints of house, etc. They mainly carried expensive items. We were here from 11:45am till 4:00pm. All in all the experience was just so so. There is nothing much to do in Delaware of the tourist nature so this is better than nothing at all.

3  Thank LisaWayne
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Reviewed August 27, 2007

We picked the hottest day of the year to visit, but our three kids (ages 8, 5, and 1) still had a blast. We spent the morning exploring Azalea Woods (our kids named it Adventure Wood) and Enchanted Wood (the children's garden). After a break in the cafeteria (expensive but good), we spent the afternoon in the touch-it room. All three kids loved the costumes and period pieces they could actually play with.

We've been to Winterthur at different times of the year, and we all always enjoy ourselves. We enjoy bringing a picnic lunch and eating in or near Enchanted Wood.

12  Thank slingsong
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Reviewed September 28, 2006

My husband and I loved Winterthur!

Put your body on the garden tram and sit to see the entire garden! You can't get a better American-style museum experience than that! Inside the museum is pretty too, with all sorts of American antiques and historical artifacts. My husband did not want to go, (see pretty things??!!) but he ended up loving it. The guide really knew her stuff.

Best of all, nobody seems to know about Winterthur so there are no long lines or crowds. It is a great secret destination, a hidden gem.

Don't miss it!

14  Thank Bonnie330
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Reviewed September 26, 2006

Sixty-six acres to walk and ride through amidst the 900 acres of exquisite fields and woodland; a lovely home turned museum full of Am. made furniture and exquisite decorative arts from Asia and Europe 1630-1860 to see: What is there NOT to like about Winterthur? At most times, all 175 spaces can be seen, if one were to spend time and money for that availabilty!

On our basic, one-hour house tour, we saw 10+ rooms and additional collection spaces. Our knowledgeable and personable guide encouraged questions about the DuPont years as well as about the history of the collection.

This is a first class museum. As such, visitors should take notice: babies, bored teens and those uninterested in the best Am. furniture artfully arranged should look elsewhere. Others will love it! We can't wait to see more.

I suppose that a lower price would be nice. And perhaps those who don't read the requiements should receive sympathy. As with all travel, a little homework helps one get the most for their experience and dollar.

14  Thank Calimamie
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