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“Fabulous furniture”

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 September 25, 2013

Harry DuPont had a passion for American furniture and the financial wherewithal to make his vision a reality. Winterthur is more a museum than a home, with over 150 rooms crammed with incredible antiques. The guides are incredibly knowledgable and it will take you more than four hours (and several tours) to see it all. The gardens can be covered nicely with a 30-minute tram ride, but the main attraction here is the furniture and all that goes with it. A must-see if you are visiting the Brandywine River Valley.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

As you pass through the entrance gate, your first glimpse are rolling hills. The estate is beautiful and you feel serenity. The building housing ticket sales, restaurant, conference room, and a small gifts store is of a nondescript color that blends into the hill and looks natural. You have the option of taking a shuttle bus that arrives every 5 to 10 minutes or taking a 25 minute tram ride through the gardens with a guide explaining how the estate started. Each vehicle arrives at the front of the 9 floor mansion with 175 rooms filled with American decorative arts. There are many tours to choose from depending on your interest. The guides are very knowledgeable and love to share the history of the DuPont family. It is always interesting and I learn something new each time I experience a new tour guide. Most tours have a maximum of 12 people so you have the opportunity to ask many questions. There is something for each member of the family from Enchanted Woods for wee ones to in depth information about furniture and decorative pieces for scholars. The exhibit rooms, included with general admission, are always a pleasure to see and changes every few months. I love to explore the lovely back gardens with the serenity pool and 2 ponds filled with colorful fish. It is nice to sit awhile and take in the beauty. Many weddings take place here and you will understand why once you stroll through it. The colors in the garden changes every month so if you live within the Southern Chester County area it is a must to see. To end the day properly I visit the gift store across from the mansion. There are many, many things to see there and a small souvenir brings back memories of my visit. I also enjoy Sunday brunch. They are a little pricey so I save them for three or four occasions throughout the year. Valentines Day and Mothers Day are my favorites as they make me feel very special. I hope to try the High Tea in the late afternoon on one of my fall visits. Christmas is my all time favorite. I love how the house was decorated in the 1800's. Visit any time of the year and you will not be disappointed. New programs are added throughout the year so check the homepage often.

3  Thank Emmy-Newark
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

The home is huge. You tour one floor full of American antiques. There are also galleries with displays of American furniture. Pleasant ride through the gardens and woods.Don't miss the pool in front of the mansion which is just incredible.

2  Thank Mitchell D
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

EXCELLENT - the entry ticket is good for TWO days and you might need 2 days. Tour starts with a nice shuttle ride through some of the gardens to the mansion. There are more gardens to see which is why you need 2 days. There are also more indepth tours to see other mansion rooms not included in the introductory tour...this is a large (huge) mansion. The mansion is stunning and there is quite a history of the Du Ponts. This museum complex was quite a gift to the people. If you love antiques and porcelain, you will love the house and the soup tureen exhibit. The gardens are fabulous, so plan you trip to take advantage of the blooms whether they be trees or flowers.

1  Thank 49MD49
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Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

I wouldn't call myself a fan of American decorative arts or of extensive gardens. But I found Winterthur to be an amazing experience.

The gardens provide a little bit for every aesthetic, from beautiful flowers to relatively untouched forest to an Enchanted Woods teeming with delighted children. We found purselves wandering about outside for more than an hour, despite the beating heat.

The mansion and inside collections were such an eclectic mix that each member of our group - which have very different interests - was interested throughout our visit.

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