The Guide

Rich History and Cultural Heritage

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Keywords: history, gardens, du Pont, Dupont, museum, antiques, library, horticulture, literature, art

Nestled in the picturesque town of Winterthur, Delaware, the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library stands as a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of the United States. Founded in 1951 by Henry Francis du Pont, a scion of the prominent du Pont family, Winterthur has evolved into a world-renowned institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the finest examples of American decorative arts, horticulture, and literature.

The museum's collection, meticulously assembled by Henry du Pont over several decades, comprises more than 85,000 objects that span the colonial period to the early 20th century. Visitors can marvel at exquisite furniture crafted by renowned artisans, admire the intricate designs of silver and ceramics, and delight in the charm of antique toys and textiles. The museum's galleries are thoughtfully curated to provide a glimpse into the lifestyles and tastes of Americans throughout the centuries, offering a fascinating journey through history.

Surrounding the museum are the sprawling gardens of Winterthur, an oasis of natural beauty and horticultural excellence. Spanning over 60 acres, the gardens feature a diverse array of landscapes, each with its own distinct character. The formal gardens, with their manicured lawns, symmetrical flower beds, and elegant fountains, evoke a sense of grandeur and order. In contrast, the naturalistic gardens mimic the untamed beauty of nature, with winding paths leading through woodland glades and wildflower meadows. The gardens are home to a wide variety of plant species, including stately trees, colorful shrubs, delicate flowers, and fragrant herbs. Visitors can stroll through the gardens at their leisure, enjoying the tranquility and the ever-changing vistas.

The Winterthur Library, housed in a stately Georgian-style building, is a treasure trove of knowledge and scholarship. Its vast collection of over 900,000 books, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials encompasses a wide range of subjects, with a particular focus on American history, art, and literature. The library is a haven for scholars and researchers from around the world, providing access to rare and valuable resources that contribute to the advancement of knowledge.



Cafe, gift shop, free parking 
5105 Kenneth Pike
Winterthur DE 19735
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Tues.-Sun, 10am-5pm
During Yuletide
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