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“A must if you love American history”

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.
Hollis, New Hampshire
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A must if you love American history”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We had the introductory tour, the Distinctive Collectibles tour and saw the Downton Abbey costumes in one afternoon. Definitely worth the extra price to see the incredible collections of the du Pont family. Only 4 people were on the tour and we enjoyed the collectible tour the most. All of the staff were very helpful and courteous.

Visited July 2014
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Thank you for providing your feedback on your recent visit to Winterthur. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope you will find time to come visit again! Thank you.
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New Providence, Pennsylvania
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“Incredible mansion with fabulous gardens”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Private museum with wonderful items to view, special display of downton abbey costumes. Gardens are beautiful with even a small fairy garden for children. Trolley to mansion from car park and tours of the gardens. Food good and reasonable.

Visited June 2014
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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Winterthur. Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We hope you can visit again sometime soon!
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Gorgeous Grounds”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

I came here to Winterthur primarily for the Downton Abbey exhibit, which is here until January 2015, and I wasn't disappointed. The costumes in the exhibit were exquisite, and it was also fascinating to learn how Downton Abbey life compared to life at Winterthur. The gardens are beautiful, and I highly recommend the 25 minute tram tour that delivers you right at the exhibits.

Visited July 2014
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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
We appreciate you providing your feedback on your experience at Winterthur, and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here. Thank you again for your feedback.
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Vermont
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“A "must-visit" place if you're in the area”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

I visited on my own last week while my husband was in a business meeting. I arrived just as the place opened and was so glad I went early. There were numerous bus tours that arrived throughout the day, so it was good to be in the house and exhibits early before things got really crowded.

Upon arriving, you are directed to the trams which take you for a tour (about 20 minutes or so) throughout the gardens. The tram drivers stop in various places along the way and point out particular trees, flower beds, etc. The drivers have many interesting tidbits to share about Mr. DuPont and his planning and design of the gardens. Walking through the various areas of the garden is time well-spent. There are countless benches that have been thoughtfully placed all around so that you can sit and rest or just spend a few minutes appreciating the beautiful surroundings.

The Enchanted Woods, complete with fairy houses, tiny bridges, fairy mist, and so forth, is a lovely place for children to wander about and play (and, I must say from personal experience, adults find it enchanting as well!).

The garden tram deposits you at the historic home where you can join a tour throughout the rooms. These tours are small (about 10 people in each tour group) and narrated quite well by the guides. A note: your ticket does not include a tour through all rooms of the house -- that requires an additional fee. The basic tour gives you a sense of the house, however, and was good. A bit disappointingly, Mr. DuPont had rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms removed and turned into display spaces, so you can't see what would have originally been those more utilitarian spaces.

As many have mentioned in their reviews, the house is currently hosting an exhibit of about 40 original costumes from "Downton Abbey." This exhibit was absolutely fantastic. The costumes themselves are wonderful, and the accompanying exhibits (about the differences between English country houses and American country houses, about the roles of the different staff [i.e. housemaid, valet, butler, etc.], and the scenes from "Downton Abbey" projected onto the walls) are so intriguing.

The rest of the museum features American furniture and decorative arts spanning a 200-year period and is well worth strolling though and spending time in.

I had lunch on the terrace at the main visitor center. There are some hot entrees and also a "make your own" salad bar with much more interesting choices than a typical salad bar. I had poached salmon in dill sauce, asparagus and roasted red peppers in a vinaigrette, a beet and feta cheese salad, and mixed greens. I also had mushroom soup which was tasty. Do beware, however, that the salad is priced at 75 cents per OUNCE which adds up quite quickly. The lady behind me didn't read that sign that listed the price; she loaded up her plate and was very taken aback when her salad was over $15.

I spent about 5 hours at Winterthur and enjoyed every minute (including having a take-away cup of tea and reading under the trees by the reflecting pool -- lovely!).

Visited June 2014
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Thank you for sharing your experience at Winterthur. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope you can make a return trip. Thank you for your feedback!
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Southwick, MA
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48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Grounds”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Another beautiful American estate that is open for public tours. The Downton Abbey exhibit has been drawing a large number of visitors, but timed reservations help to spread out the exhibit viewing and house tour. Plenty of trams and vans to move people around the property. If it is going to be a warm day, go early to view the outdoor exhibits and spend the afternoon inside the air conditioned buildings.

Visited June 2014
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Allison D, Marketing Department at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear your visit was excellent. We hope you can visit again!
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