Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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  • ktbeenthere2015
    New York City, New York258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natural and manmade beauty in harmony
    The gardens were stunning. The house interior was gorgeous. The narrated tram rides and the shuttle services were a boon. We took the self-guided/paced house tour, which I am not sure how I feel about because it seemed we learned everything out of sequence or piecemeal versus in a flow, but the docents were all VERY informative and helpful. Other visitors commented that the guided tours were well worth registering for. I was delightfully surprised by the cafe which served an excellent hot sandwich. Depending on your interest level, you can easily while away the entire day here.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Bernard
    London, United Kingdom237 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day out
    This is an amazing place with lots to see inside the house and museum as well as in the gardens/park. There is a visitor centre where you buy your tickets with an overpriced cafe (tip- take your own picnic lunch with you) after. Then there are two bus/trolley options, one which just ferries you from point to point (it's a big estate) and the other which takes you around the gardens and park. This is the best way to see everything in the wider area. The museum has displays of art, furniture and porcelain. The house is full of treasures but it's rather gloomy and everything is behind ropes. The staff are helpful and fairly well informed but we kept getting contradictory bits of information which left us puzzled by the end.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Anna P
    Syracuse, New York57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The grounds are amazing and the house is very special.
    This is a truly special place, and I will be back to visit the gardens at different seasons. Do not miss the tram tour of the grounds and if you are lucky enough to get Mike, you will have a very special experence. Although, I have to say the docents in the house were also excellent.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 2, 2023
  • conny sw soebagio
    New York City, New York15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing garden in Delaware
    Such a gorgeous, relaxing garden and museum ! Am from Bali and trying to see another museum in USA 🇺🇸 and yeayy this museum and garden so amazing 🤩 The people are very friendly and the place is beautifully kept. First day, walk around and enjoy everything, next day I suggest a picnic!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Jonathan M
    Tuxedo Park, New York552 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must for Fans of the Decorative Arts
    We were planning our next visit to this excellent museum even before we finished our first. The grounds are magnificent for a leisurely stroll (lush and green in July) and the Enchanted Forest was more enjoyable than expected. The house itself is a revelation, built into the landscape so masterfully that it is impossible to capture its gargantuan size from any angle. Within are artfully presented rooms of every kind of decorative art. The talented guides located in each room will rise to the occasion so ask them lots of questions. We liked to ask each one what their favorite items were and this would without fail lead to several fascinating stories. Allow a full day for the grounds, house, and adjacent permanent displays.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Karen O
    Staunton, Virginia17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A garden jewel and outstanding museum
    This has been on my "go-to" list for many years. The inclusion of a special exhibit with Ann Low couture dresses made it a must see. The exhibit is wonderful [would have loved an audio provided as there was so much to read]. The garden tram tour was informative and helped to appreciate the massive size of the property.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • nj088762018
    Somerville, New Jersey21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A private tour with a great guide...
    Friends and I picked the wrong week to visit Winterthur as the regualar house tour was unavailable as the estate decorated for Christmas. No worries, though. As an alternative we were offered private tour with Tyler. He was excellent, knowledgeable, and entertaining, guiding us through "off the beaten track" floors. Be sure to tour the Ann Loud exhibit on display until January.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Nancy A
    240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Magnificent
    I was fortunate enough to get to Winterthur to see the Ann Lowe exhibit in addition to the home being decorated for the holidays. I'm not sure which one I enjoyed more, they are both fantastic. If you're anywhere near here, please try to go. You won't be sorry.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 9, 2023
  • Gina C
    Mullica Hill, New Jersey22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Experience!!
    We went yesterday (12/27) [our first time] & purchased a 'Senior Rate' General Admission ticket along with the additional Yuletide ticket that allowed entrance to all the exhibits, including the Anne Lowe, American Couturier stunning clothing designs. What an incredible exhibit. Don't forget to head to the 2nd floor @the Museum & Galleries building for her full display. There's also a display at the Library, all within walking distance of each other. From the Visitors entrance when you first arrive, ask where the walkway is located to get you to the Brown center to see the amazing Train display. (their map wasn't very clear as to how to find the walkway) - There's also a free shuttle that can take you from building to building. The museum store was really nice! and all their Christmas items are 50% off with some amazing decorations. They DO have an open air shuttle that takes you for a full half hour ride around the grounds. But we'll save that opportunity for the Spring when the weather is nice :) --
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written December 28, 2023
  • BlondeOnaBike
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania263 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insanely Crowded
    I happened to be in the area and decided to stop and see their winter lights display. I have gone numerous times in the past and was looking forward to it. Not thinking about timing, I was there between Christmas and New Years when many people are off work and school. To say it was crowded is an understatement. It was mobbed even with timed entry tickets. The number of screaming children, running in every direction, with inattentive parents essentially ruined the experience. Trying to go through the conservatory and other buildings was like being on a conga line. I ended up leaving within an hour of my arrival and now know not to go at that time again. The first 2 weeks in December, mid-week, is the better time.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 1, 2024
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AggieJoe79
Haymarket, VA1,003 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We have had many friends that suggested we should visit Winterthur (especially friends in the garden club). We are just two hours away from our home in Virgina/DC area, so it is not too far a drive for a day trip. The Dupont family created a wonderful museum/garden/library nestled in beautiful area in which their family lived. This is a great place to walk and see the garden sites (they have buses too). The museum has a wide range of things to see, largely from the items the Dupont's collected. This is worth seeing, especially in various times of the seasons.
Written January 2, 2024
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BlondeOnaBike
Bethlehem, PA263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I happened to be in the area and decided to stop and see their winter lights display. I have gone numerous times in the past and was looking forward to it. Not thinking about timing, I was there between Christmas and New Years when many people are off work and school.

To say it was crowded is an understatement. It was mobbed even with timed entry tickets. The number of screaming children, running in every direction, with inattentive parents essentially ruined the experience. Trying to go through the conservatory and other buildings was like being on a conga line.

I ended up leaving within an hour of my arrival and now know not to go at that time again. The first 2 weeks in December, mid-week, is the better time.
Written January 1, 2024
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Richard H
UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited 4 years ago, the last time we were in the area for Christmas and had a great tour of the house and decorations from a guide. This time, despite a 35% price increase since then, it was a self-guided tour that covered very little of the house and had no information about the history of the house or family. That's not to take away from the very interesting exhibition themed around Anne Lowe. It was also horribly disorganised on a busy, wet day, with no information provided when purchasing tickets that you need to wait outside in the rain for 40 minutes to get into the house. And for those sensible enough to purchase tickets in advance, there are no benefits - same price and you still need to wait in line at the visitor centre. All in all, a rather disappointing experience and not somewhere we are likely to return to until they up their service and provide more value for money.
Written December 29, 2023
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Gina C
Mullica Hill, NJ22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We went yesterday (12/27) [our first time] & purchased a 'Senior Rate' General Admission ticket along with the additional Yuletide ticket that allowed entrance to all the exhibits, including the Anne Lowe, American Couturier stunning clothing designs. What an incredible exhibit. Don't forget to head to the 2nd floor @the Museum & Galleries building for her full display. There's also a display at the Library, all within walking distance of each other. From the Visitors entrance when you first arrive, ask where the walkway is located to get you to the Brown center to see the amazing Train display. (their map wasn't very clear as to how to find the walkway) - There's also a free shuttle that can take you from building to building. The museum store was really nice! and all their Christmas items are 50% off with some amazing decorations. They DO have an open air shuttle that takes you for a full half hour ride around the grounds. But we'll save that opportunity for the Spring when the weather is nice :) --
Written December 28, 2023
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Nancy A
240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I was fortunate enough to get to Winterthur to see the Ann Lowe exhibit in addition to the home being decorated for the holidays. I'm not sure which one I enjoyed more, they are both fantastic. If you're anywhere near here, please try to go. You won't be sorry.
Written December 9, 2023
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nj088762018
Somerville, NJ21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Friends and I picked the wrong week to visit Winterthur as the regualar house tour was unavailable as the estate decorated for Christmas. No worries, though. As an alternative we were offered private tour with Tyler. He was excellent, knowledgeable, and entertaining, guiding us through "off the beaten track" floors. Be sure to tour the Ann Loud exhibit on display until January.
Written November 17, 2023
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Karen O
Staunton, VA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This has been on my "go-to" list for many years. The inclusion of a special exhibit with Ann Low couture dresses made it a must see. The exhibit is wonderful [would have loved an audio provided as there was so much to read]. The garden tram tour was informative and helped to appreciate the massive size of the property.
Written October 17, 2023
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,564 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited for the museum and found the exhibition space with several interesting paintings (a beautiful Duncanson) and were impressed with the evident interest in expanding the exhibited works to be more inclusive... quite large exhibit of the work of Ann Lowe, an African-American couturier. Signage to actually find the museum was inadequate.
Written October 9, 2023
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Melissa H
York, PA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Fantastic day. Went for the Ann Lowe exhibit but enjoyed the gardens and house. Need to go back in the spring.
Written October 1, 2023
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We were planning our next visit to this excellent museum even before we finished our first. The grounds are magnificent for a leisurely stroll (lush and green in July) and the Enchanted Forest was more enjoyable than expected. The house itself is a revelation, built into the landscape so masterfully that it is impossible to capture its gargantuan size from any angle. Within are artfully presented rooms of every kind of decorative art. The talented guides located in each room will rise to the occasion so ask them lots of questions. We liked to ask each one what their favorite items were and this would without fail lead to several fascinating stories. Allow a full day for the grounds, house, and adjacent permanent displays.
Written October 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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WINTERTHUR MUSEUM, GARDEN & LIBRARY - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.