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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Winterthur_6058aWinterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is Henry Frances du Pont’s gift to the state of Delaware and to American history lovers from around the world. It’s the “Museum of the Day” today!

One of my all-time favorites, the museum features furniture and decorative arts from early American history.

Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.

Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of color. Graduate programs and a preeminent research library make Winterthur an important center for the study of American art and culture.

I encourage anyone who lives in or visits Delaware to explore the amazingly beautiful collections at this outstanding institution.