Winterthur - Museum, Garden and Library

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5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, United States

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. We offer programs for School as part of a School Field trip, Family programs as well offer Teacher Workshops and College Student programs. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.

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School Field Trips at the Winterthur (pre-K to Elementary)

Winterthur School Field Trip Programs

Programs that meet an array of curriculum standards are offered on and off site for students from preschool through high school, including homeschoolers. Special tours for college groups are also available.

School Field Trips Pre-School & Elementary Programs

Adopt an Object

Grades Pre-K to 2 (School Field Trips Program)

Students investigate daily life in the past through the study of household objects. Learn about shapes, materials, and basic economics while role-playing, making comparisons, and participating in a story.

Program length: 1½ hours

Reinforces Delaware standards: Math 2, 8; Science 2, 3; Civics 4; Economics 1, 2, 3; History 2, 4; English 2; Visual Arts 1, 2, 3


Wonder & Wander in Enchanted Woods

Grades Pre-K to 2 (School Field Trips Program)

Wander garden paths on a wondrous walk to Enchanted Woods and discover a new appreciation of nature. Check out the new Upside-Down tree house that just opened in June. Includes storytelling and free time for imaginative play.

Program length:1½ hours

Available April–October


Bugs in the Museum

Grades Pre-K to 5 (School Field Trips Program)

Winterthur’s collection includes objects decorated with bugs, products made by (or from) bugs, and even a few things that bugs have destroyed. Investigate the important roles played by bugs in the past (and today!), and explore ways to keep your own prized possessions from falling prey to vicious vermin.

Program length:  1½ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 1, 2, 6, 8; History 3; Geography 3; English/Language Arts 4; Visual Arts 1, 3, 4, 6


Plain and Fancy

Grades 2–4 (School Field Trips Program)

How and why do people decorate their possessions? Learn about the practice of decorating textiles with weaving, embroidery, and dyeing in the 1700s and 1800s.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Math 8; Science 2, 8; Economics 1, 2; Geography 3; History 2, 3; English/Language Arts 1, 2; Visual Arts 4

 


Discover the “Secret” Garden of Winterthur

Grades 2–(School Field Trips Program)

Find shapes in the Reflecting Pool, spot frogs in the pond, wander along the paths, and enjoy the magnificent trees. Learn about the plants blooming in the garden and gaze at the clouds and birds.

Program length:1½ hours

Max. 60 students.

Available April–October

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 2 (Geography); Math 8; Science 8


Museum Mystery

Grades 4–6 (School Field Trips Program)

Using scientific evidence and finely-honed problem-solving skills, discover whether George Washington actually sat in a chair that is on display in the Galleries. Students familiar with The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, will appreciate the similarities between mysteries, but it is not necessary to be familiar with that book for this program.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Social Science & Geography 1; Social Science, History 2, 3; Visual Arts 4, 5, 6

 


Maker and Marketplace

Grades 4–6 (School Field Trips Program)

Local and global economies, geography, and history come together as students study the roles of craftsmen and shopkeepers in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Math 1, 5, 8, 10; Science 1, 2; Geography 1, 2, 3; Economics 1, 2, 3, 4; History 2, 4; English/Language Arts 1; Visual Arts 3


Work and Play the Winterthur Way

Grades K–6  (School Field Trips Program)

Through games, puzzles, and hands-on projects, explore the various activities that engaged people who lived and worked at Winterthur. A kid-friendly tour of the Winterthur house and outdoor activities illustrate life on a country estate from many different perspectives.

Program length: 2 hours

Maximum 60 students.

Available June–August


Outreach Pre-School & Elementary Programs

Nursery Rhymes

Ages 3½–5½ (Outreach School Field Trips)

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick! This program teaches children about life long ago through hands-on activities related to nursery rhymes.

Program length: 1 hour

Builds language, social, math, and gross and fine motor skills


Soup’s On!

Age 4 to 1st grade  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Winterthur’s unique assortment of soup tureens and the centuries-old folktale Stone Soup provide the foundation for this program, which engages children in imaginative role-playing while teaching them about collections and life long ago. Includes hands-on activities.

Program length: 1 hour

Builds language, social, and gross and fine motor skills


How do we Decorate Things?

Pre-K and K  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using objects from our demonstration collection, students learn how items were decorated with color, shapes, and motifs. Includes art activity.

Program length: 45 minutes

Feeds into Delaware standards for History and Visual Arts


Once Upon a Playtime

Grades Pre-K–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Children are introduced to the concepts of childhood and leisure activities from long ago through toys and games, such as Alphabet Gymnastics, Jacob’s Ladders, tops, buzz saws, and more. Includes demonstrations and time for hands-on play.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 2, 3, 4


Going to Market with “The Ox-Cart Man”

Grades 1-2  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Children help tell a favorite story about life long ago—The Ox-Cart Man by Donald

Hall—using objects from Winterthur’s demonstration collection. Includes writing activity.

1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Economics 2; Geography 1, 2, 4; History 1, 3; English/Language Arts 2


Meet George Washington’s Family

Grades 3–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

George Washington wasn’t just a general and a president. Students learn more about him and other members of his household through examining reproductions of period possessions and clothing.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Economics 3; History 1, 2, 4; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4


A Proper Day’s Work

Grades 3–5  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Students role-play, tackling the daily chores of Laura Ingalls Wilder. They’ll “wash” clothes and “bake” bread using demonstration collection objects.

Program length: 1 hour

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Science 2, 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2, 4


Working in Early America

Grades 5–8  (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using several objects and tools from our demonstration collection, students learn how skilled craftspeople—a potter, a tinsmith, and a tailor—met basic human needs in early America.

Program length: 45 minutes

Reinforces Delaware standards: Science 2; Economics 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4

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School Field Trips at the Winterthur (6 – 12 Grade)

Winterthur School Field Trip Programs

Programs that meet an array of curriculum standards are offered on and off site for students from preschool through high school, including homeschoolers. Special tours for college groups are also available.

School Field Trips for Middle & High School Programs

American Decorative Arts

Grades 6–12 (School Field Trips)

Explore the characteristics of decorative arts and furniture styles popular from 1640 to 1860. Students handle and examine objects and take a tour through period rooms to observe design history and principles. Ideal for history, visual art, art history, interior design, and home economics students.

Program length: 2 hours

Maximum 45 students

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Visual Arts 4, 5, 6; History 1, 2


Ritual and Revolution: The Importance of Tea

Grades 6–12 (School Field Trips)

Students discover how Colonial America’s ritual of tea drinking helped create the social, economic, and political forces that played a role in the Revolution. Investigate 18th-century life through tea drinking and discover tea’s social rituals, political symbolism, and economic power. Includes a primary-source activity relating to the Boston Tea Party.

Program length: 1¾ hours

Reinforces Delaware Standards: Civics 1, 4; Economics 1, 4; Geography 4; History 2, 3, 4; Visual Arts 4, 5, 6; English/Language Arts 3, 4


East Egg, West Egg

Grades 9-12 (School Field Trips)

Tour the home of Henry Francis du Pont and compare and contrast his lifestyle with that of a few of his contemporaries: the major characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. This program can also be readily adapted to a 45-minute in-class experience.

Program length: 2 hours

Available March-October

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 1-4; English/Language Arts 1-4; Visual Arts 3, 4, 6


Outreach Middle & High School Programs

Working in Early America

Grades 5–8 (Outreach School Field Trips)

Using several objects and tools from our demonstration collection, students learn how skilled craftspeople—a potter, a tinsmith, and a tailor—met basic human needs in early America.

Program length: 45 minutes

Reinforces Delaware standards: Science 2; Economics 3; History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4


There’s History in Things

Grades 6–12 (Outreach School Field Trips)

Objects can be primary sources! Students hone their analytical skills using a house inventory and artifacts from our demonstration collection to reveal evidence about people’s lives in early America.

Program length: 45 Minutes

Reinforces Delaware Standards: History 2; English/Language Arts 2; Visual Arts 4, 5

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Additional Information

School Field Trips Scholarship Application

Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, scholarships are available to qualifying groups based on diversity of student population, percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch, and the amount of state or federal aid the organization receives. Such financial aid can cover off-site program costs, student admission fees, and transportation costs of up to $250 per day.

Email the information, requested below, to pballard@winterthur.org  or send it in a letter to the School Programs Office, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware 19735. Alternatively, fax the application letter to us at 302.888.4953.

If you prefer, you can print and fill out this application form and mail or fax it to us.

Apply as soon as possible after making your reservation. We will notify you within two days of receipt to confirm the amount of your award. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Admisson and Location Hours

Hours

Museum and Garden

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Last tour tickets sold at 3:15 pm. Last tour is at 3:30 pm.

Closed Mondays (except during Yuletide), Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Library

Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Closed holiday Mondays

General Admission

General admission tickets are honored for two consecutive days and include access to the garden, a garden tram tour, the Galleries and special exhibitions, and an introductory house tour. The Introductory Tour is offered throughout the day and does not require reservations (last tickets sold at 3:15 pm).

Purchase general admission tickets here.

Member Free
Adult $18
Child (2–11) $5
Infant (under 2) Free
Senior (62) $16
Student (with valid ID) $16

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One-Hour Reserved Tour Package

Two-Hour Reserved Tour Package

School field Trips and Group Tours Please call 800.448.3883 for information and pricing

Getting Tickets

By Phone

Call 800.448.3883 or 302.888.4600 (TTY 302.888.4907) to purchase tickets or make reservations.

At Winterthur

To purchase tickets or make reservations in person, visit the Visitor Services desk in the Visitor Center. Tickets purchased by phone or online must be picked up here.

Online

General admission tickets may be purchased online. (Same-day online sales not available.)

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