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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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The DuPont family home/collection

So you have to buy an admission ticket. And then there are a couple of different types of tours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brenda H
Beautiful Historic Home

A unique opportunity to see a home museum dedicated purely to American history. A gorgeous historic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So you have to buy an admission ticket. And then there are a couple of different types of tours which are no additional cost (a tour is the only way you can get into the house). This place is amazing, a wide and varied collection of Americana, and rooms constructed from the parts & architecture of other Philadelphia area homes that were slated to be demolished (from late 1800's to early 1900's). There is a café on site that serves both hot entrees, soups, and salads and pastries. WiFi available in the cafeteria. In addition to the house, there are two different gift shops, and wide spread surrounding garden areas, which can be enjoyed by way of the many walking paths. Alternatively, they can be enjoyed quickly & from a distance from a tram ride that goes around & through them. Parking is free. Could easily spend all day, we spent about an hour and a half on a tour, then some time in the shop & café, then the tram around the garden areas. Ran out of energy after that!

Thank Brenda H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A unique opportunity to see a home museum dedicated purely to American history. A gorgeous historic home and expansive gardens; the home has been expanded to accommodate the DuPont family collection of American History including parts of historic homes from all of the original 13 colonies. The tours are included with the price of admission and the tour guides are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Thank nylabuyer
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was shocked and appalled to witness our guide, Kelly, treat my companion with rude, elitist and indeed racist remarks during the 2 PM introductory tour on Oct 27th, 2018.

Winterthur seemed like a beautiful place, and we were looking forward to seeing it. Instead, we couldn't get out of there quickly enough... wanting no gifts or pictures to memorialize the offensive experience. Sensitivity training is desperately needed.

Our tour of Winterthur turned out to be a disappointing low point to an otherwise incredible weekend in Delaware.

Visitors beware.

Thank DirkH66
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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for alerting us to your experience at Winterthur on Oct. 27, and we wish to apologize to you. At Winterthur we believe that any action of intolerance to the backgrounds of others is not only unacceptable but runs counter to H. F. du Pont’s interest in representing a range of backgrounds in the Winterthur collection, and his statement shortly before his death that, “The story of Winterthur tells the greatest story of our time, the story of the American people.” Please know that as an American history institution, we seek to tell the stories of the wide range of cultures, traditions, and perspectives that formed our nation and to treat our visitors with respect, inclusion, and tolerance.

On behalf of the director of the museum, I can assure you that we are investigating the occurrence and will take appropriate action. Thank you again for alerting us to your experience. We extend our apologies that your experience at Winterthur did not meet your expectations.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited Winterthur on a weekend getaway to Elkton. The museum proved to be a great rainy day activity, and our tour guide was full of knowledge and historical tidbits relating to the house and the various collections within. I do wish the gardens had been in full bloom, but that’s just the nature of the time of year that we went.

We also had lunch at the visitor center. The food was pretty good; nothing spectacular but there was a good selection and everybody enjoyed what they had chosen to eat.

Thank cabo2325
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived expecting to just see a mansion, but the gardens are a must see. Not formal in the way that Longwood or Nemours are, the setting is much more informal and bucolic. Large grounds with different plantings, take the shuttle tour from the visitors center to the mansion to get some context. At the house itself, the mansion tour is interesting due to the collecting interests of the du Pont family, plus be sure to check out whatever rotating exhibit is in town. Clothing from the series 'The Crown' will be there in 2019. We had expected to stay a couple hours, but stayed three and could have used several more. The gardens are great for kids, but the mansion tour might be a bit challenging with small ones.

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For our 45 wedding anniversary celebration day, my husband and I both wanted to spend it at Winterthur. He loves Period Furniture and I love interior design. We were both blown away! We started with the tram ride through the gardens, being informed and entertained by our driver. The grounds are so well laid out with an amazing variety of plants, trees and follies. Our tram let us off at the museum doors and we were greeted by happy, pleasent folks eager to show us around. We had purchased two different tours and both were top notch. Our docents were knowledgeable and friendly, our group size was small and intimate. We will certainly visit again when we can.

Thank gogators52
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Winterthur several times in different seasons. Not many flowers blooming this time, but it is fun to walk around the grounds and find all of the architectural “follies” spread around the property. The museum is always nice, with at least one special exhibit. A variety of tours are offered of the mansion, although there is a charge and some are pricy (which is why I rated it a 4 rather than 5). There is a small cafe off the gift shop and a larger cafe at the visitor center. The food is generally good, with a more limited selection at the gift shop. You can easily spend most of the day here.

Thank Wtrav77
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

My mother and I visited Winterthur yesterday. I’ve done many, many house tours over the years and this was one of the very best. The landscaping is extraordinary and the interiors are gorgeous.

Our visit was made especially meaningful by the two docents we were lucky enough to have. Susan led our garden tour, we loved the depth of her knowledge and her dry sense of humor. Mary led our house tour, she was phenomenal. She knew so much about the house, she was gracious and charming.

Thank LadiesVoices
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

We went to the Gardens to see the Folly Exhibits. There is a large parking area adjacent with a small walk to the main office. We decided to take the Tram ride to see most of them (note: Tram dose not go by all of them - it will require walking to see them all). The Tram took us to the Museum and Giftshop. We had tickets for the Intro tour after we walked through the gallery/ We had a very nice tour that was a combination of rooms and history. We enjoyed our day and will go back.

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Reviewed October 3, 2018

We did the into tour with a very nice and knowledgable docent, but I expected much more of a slice of life instead of pointing out each piece of furniture and its period ditto the porcelain...and it was one small floor of a GIGANTIC home...I would take a specific tour if we returned. The shop was superb and I spent a ton of $ on unique gifts....the grounds were lovely but of course nothing was in bloom...Mostly with a huge huge home and large endowment, I left wanting more...best was Paul Revere made Tankard and Martha Washington's china!
Also someone I spoke to by phone said we would probably be able to take the first tram and make the 10:30 am tour, but upon arrival the staff laughed at my naiveté and said that the Tram tours were running longer now so that would not be possible...it would be nice to have one feed into the other...oh well...no Tram tour for us alas.

Thank clairann2000
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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for providing your feedback regarding your visit to Winterthur. We're so glad you had a wonderful tour guide and enjoyed the shop and garden. There are many custom tours that can provide more detail on a specific aspect of Winterthur as an alternative to the Introductory Tour. We hope you return and enjoy one of those tours. Information on those tours is available on our website or by calling 800.448.3883. We apologize for the miscommunications regarding the Tram Tour. We will share that feedback with the appropriate internal parties. Thanks again.

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