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“Downton Abbey Costumes and Presidential China!”

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 6 March 2014

Oh my! What an amazing collection belonging to H.E. duPont. This magnificent home is positioned on beautiful, rolling grounds with knowledgeable volunteers who cheerfully assist you. You can tour a portion of the 175 rooms filled with antique furniture acquired by Mr. DuPont along with 56 sets of china - 2 of those having belonged to Presidents Washington and Monroe. A national treasure which is a real must see! Make sure you go AND when you do take in the Campbell Soup turene collection and the reasonably priced Museum Shop which contains a lovely assortment of items. Oh, and the newly opened Downton Abbey costume collection is a treat, too!

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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We recently visited the Winterthur Museum and Garden and there was so much to see. The tour offered is full of information and interesting facts on the DuPont family and how this estate came to be a museum. My only complaint would be that at times the tour felt a bit rushed and I would've liked a bit more time spent on certain aspects of it. This is definitely a fun weekend activity for all ages.

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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Fantastic site - museum & garden tour were wonderful. We saw the exhibit titled Looks of Love - enchanting.

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

I had been a Delaware resident for 21 years, but had never been to Winterthur. This is a bit like a New Yorker never seeing the Statue of Liberty. I had to be a tourist to go and see it. It is an old duPont estate which is considered one of the best collections of American artifacts in the country. With the interest in Downton Abbey, it seems that we have a craving for the elegance of a certain class in the old days. You certainly see it at Winterthur. There are 59 (59!) china patterns there. The antiques are amazing--and I am not an "antique person". The grounds are magnificent--but one would only expect that from the duPont family. It is almost too incredible to describe. You are transported back in time to a more genteel, civilized age (that is, if you were a member of the fortunate upper classes). For an afternoon, you really can pretend that you are Lady Mary surverying the grounds.

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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We have wanted to visit Winterthur for many years & finally had the opportunity to do so for "Yuletide at Winterthur".

What a fabulous home! We took the one-hour tour of the du Pont home.......VERY informative tour guide and we appreciated all the efforts that have been taken to restore the home to its original beginnings. However, we were both more than a bit disappointed when, during our tour, we walked past many rooms that were available to view, but because of the fast pace of our tour, we weren't able to stop to see them.

One of our favorites in the house was the Christmas tree featuring all the flowers that are grown throughout the season in the endless gardens at Winterthur...........they were dried, of course, but their colors were so vibrant, we thought that we were actually seeing fresh daffodils, zinnias, etc. on the tree!

As for the exhibits in the galleries............"A Bird's Eye View" was really enjoyable! "The Look of Love" (featuring eye miniatures) was interesting, to say the least.

We also had the opportunity to view the Campbells Soup Tureens, a collection of soup tureens that were on display in the library. Who would ever think that soup tureens could be so unique and creative? An outstanding collection, so if the display is still there when you are visiting (Winterthur is closed January 5th through March 1st), be sure to add that into your day's agenda. You will be happy that you did!

We were so intrigued with the grounds & gardens of Winterthur that we are definitely planning to return to Winterthur when the plants will be growing & the flowers blooming...........can't wait!

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