Washington DC Ghost Tours

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1520 H Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC, United States

In 2003, Frankie and Kim Harris opened Nashville Ghost Tours leading guests to some of the most haunted and historic sites in Music City. Due to the acclaim of the original tour and demand by the public for more stories, the popular Haunted Tavern Tour was created and, more recently, a Haunted Carriage Ride, and Haunted Cemetery tour. Fans of the graveyard tour’s authenticity and performance standards have often requested the Harris’ bring the same quality tours to haunted towns across the nation. In 2008, Louisville Ghost Tours was launched guiding groups to some of Derby City’s most magnificent buildings and haunted sites. The founders are excited about the new Washington DC Ghost Tours, giving them the opportunity to explore the paranormal mysteries behind one of the world’s most haunted cities.

Southern Haunts, a book about haunted places in the SouthBecause of their knowledge in the field of paranormal history, they have often been featured guests on television, in publications, and on radio. The Harris’ have appeared on NBCCBSFOXABCTLCPBSHBO Films, and the documentary Southern Haunts.  2009 has also seen the publication of their first book, Haunted Nashville, giving the authors a new medium to delve deeper in the haunted history of Nashville in a way that they previously could not.

The priority of all of the ghost tours is historical accuracy, engaging entertaining guides, and that all ghost stories related on the tour have a minimum of three independent sources.


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Family Trips

Looking for a fun, exciting and memorable activity for your next family outing?

We offer unique, entertaining, and educational tours. Our tours offer a great way to learn the history and lore of the city. Some refer to our tours as a “sneaky history lesson. We offer a perfect way to cool down in the Summer with a ghost walk in Washington DC.

Group accommodations vary depending on the time of year, please contact our office with any questions at (888) 844-3999.

With years of  tour experience, your family is our top priority. Through the years we have successfully hosted companies such as Microsoft, Dell, and Saturn, as well as hundreds of school and church groups. We have also proudly entertained high profile audiences from many traveling shows including the entire Broadway cast of “Peter Pan.”

 RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

STEP ON GUIDE SERVICE AVAILABLE!

Washington D.C. has a storied and glorious past. The Capital is rich in history and monumental democratic achievements, but behind its gates and within its corridors a darker past is hidden. Conspiracies, crimes of passion, duels, and assassinations are some of the reasons that Washington’s Lafayette Park is known to some as “Tragedy Square.” On the Washington D.C. Ghost Tour your professional tour guide will lead you by lantern light to discover the true hauntings of the six apparitions witnessed at St. John’s Church, the poltergeist of the Hay-Adams Hotel, and the legendary accounts of Lincoln’s ghost within the White House. See for yourself why Washington D.C. is regarded as the nation’s most haunted city.

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Destination Trip Planning Information

Hop on a Washington D.C. Ghost Tour by Graveline Ghost Tours

Duration: 90 Minutes

Distance: 1/4 Mile

Capitol Hill Haunts

One of the most haunted sites in Washington, D.C. is also one of the most iconic places in the world. On the new Capitol Hill Ghost Tour, you’ll hear the stories of the feuding ghosts of past lawmakers in the House, haunted souls surrounding the Lincoln Conspiracy trials, the specters of Presidents and the curse that surrounds everything on the Hill. Uncover tales of the famous statues that dance at night in the Statuary, the disturbances at the Folger Library and the Demon Cat that torments the guards of Capitol Hill to this day. Learn the haunted history of the Supreme Court Building, the Library of Congress, and the US Capitol that the day time tours are afraid to tell!

Meet the Tour Guides of Washington DC Ghost Tours

Frank

Leading Tours Since 2003

Frank is a professional stand-up comedian and actor. He has been featured on many television networks including NBC, CBS, FOX, & TLC. Frank has been featured in commericals for ESPN was featured on the PBS series Southern Haunts. Frank holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Tennessee and has been guiding ghost tours since 2003.

Lexi

Leading Tours Since 2009

Political vagabond by day, ghost tour guide by night, Lexie is a consummate storyteller and Abraham Lincoln enthusiast. She aspires to be an Adventure Historian. In the meantime, Lexie is content to be a ghost-story-telling historian who collects facts like other people collect stamps. She was not raised by a time-traveling Teddy Roosevelt and his band of Rough Riders, no matter what she tells you.

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Tickets and Admission

Tour Information 

Ghosts of LaFayette Park – Tour Information

Tour Time 8:00 PM Nightly
Admission $15 Adults (Ages 12+)
$8 Children (Ages 7-11)
FREE Children (Ages 6 & under)
Starting Point In front of the Dolley Madison House
1520 H Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005-1003
Tour Dates March-November (Mid)
Closed: Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving
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100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest, Washington, D.C., DC, United States 0.94 mi

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

In addition to its leadership training programs, the Museum sponsors on-site and traveling exhibitions, educational outreach, Web site, campus outreach and Holocaust commemorations, including the nation’s annual observance in the U.S. Capitol.

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ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!

GROUPS OF FEWER THAN 40

From September through February, you do not need passes to enter the Permanent Exhibition. From March through August—the Museum’s busy season—passes are required. You may obtain them online in advance for a small service charge or for free in person at the Museum on the day of your visit. The supply of advance and same-day passes is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

FOR FAMILIES

The Museum has many activities appropriate for families with young children. Pick up a Family Guide (PDF) at the Information Desk to learn more about Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story, an exhibition for children age eight and up, and activities like exploring the Children’s Tile Wall.

The Museum recommends the Permanent Exhibition for visitors age 11 and up.

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2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC, United States 1.11 mi

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.

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Free Guided Tours given by Friends of the Kennedy Center Tour Guides

A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the nation’s performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Tours of the Kennedy Center are offered daily, free of charge, and given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers.

Discover Our Programs

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s busiest performing arts center, hosting approximately 3,000 events each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million. Since 1971, we have been bringing the world to Washington with magnificent performances of music, dance, theater, and more. See what’s on stage and buy your tickets now!

  • Theater

    Tony Award–winning triumphs. American musical classics. Powerful, daring dramas. Thrilling new productions. They’re all here, from Broadway’s biggest blockbusters to spectacular revivals produced exclusively by the Kennedy Center.

  • National Symphony Orchestra

    Each season, the nation’s orchestra welcomes the world’s greatest guest artists to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, and offers many other exciting events and educational programs throughout D.C., the nation, and the world.

  • Millennium Stage

    Every day of the year at 6 p.m., the Kennedy Center hosts a free performance as part of its “Performing Arts for Everyone” initiative. No tickets are required, though seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Featuring local, national, and international talents, the Millennium Stage has been hailed as “a cultural institution within a cultural institution” by the Washington Post.

  • Ballet

    As the curtain of the Opera House rises, stories unfold, emotions are laid bare, and elegance is revealed through the grace and beauty of ballet. Every season, the Kennedy Center presents legendary companies from around the globe, including its very own acclaimed ensemble, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

  • Jazz

    From seasoned jazz veterans to the hottest up-and-comers, come to where jazz is just the way you like it—in venues ranging from the intimate Terrace Theater to the cabaret setting of the KC Jazz Club.

  • Contemporary Dance

    Welcome to the nexus of dance… where physical and mystical forces collide, power and poise come to a point, profound connections are made, bodies make impact, and gravity meets grace. The world’s most innovative dance companies and visionaries take you to the core of modern movement, with works of amazing athleticism and beauty.

  • Performances for Young Audiences

    The Kennedy Center is home to heartwarming and fun-filled performances for every age group and their families, from wide-eyed toddlers to young adults. Most events take place in the Family Theater, from Kennedy Center original world-premiere productions based on favorite children’s books, to music, dance, theater, storytelling, puppetry, and much more.

  • Fortas Chamber Music

    Get closer to your favorite artists in the Terrace Theater, Washington’s most intimate and acoustically ideal space for chamber music.

  • Festivals

    Our world-class festivals continue to explore exciting themes, from multicultural journeys to various genres of music. Annual events include the pre-season Prelude Festival and free daylong Open House Arts Festival, as well as the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and our winter holiday celebration. Past festivals have celebrated the arts of China, Japan, France, and Latin America; country music and the 1940s; international ballet and masters of African American choreography; Tchaikovsky and Beethoven; Tennessee Williams and Stephen Sondheim; and much more.

  • Etcetera

    Explore beyond the ordinary with music, dance, theater, and performance art with a cutting edge and international flair—spanning from the distant corners of the globe to the furthest reaches of the artist’s mind.

  • Banquets, Galas, and Awards

    Prestigious annual events such as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball, and many others are all held here at the Kennedy Center.

  • Explore the Arts™

    Want to go backstage? Learn to salsa? Speak with your favorite actor, ballerina, or conductor? Find out the difference between Beethoven and Bach? With Explore the Arts™, you can do all that and more with the Kennedy Center’s adult education series.

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4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States 7.13 mi

Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland is a children’s theater company offering year-round productions of modern and classic plays. The organization also offers classes in drama, acting, dance musical theatre, and filmmaking for children of all ages. Summer theatre camps give campers the opportunity to take part in a full production of a musical or play.

Imagination Stage is the largest and most respected multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region. We offer a year-round season of professional shows (adult actors performing for families and classes), after-school programs and summer camps for ages 1-18, and arts-integration professional development training for teachers, students, schools, and families. All of our programs are informed by our core belief in making the arts inclusive and accessible to all children, regardless of their physical, cognitive, or financial status.

‘Rapunzel’ at Imagination Stage

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Groups & Parties

Groups

Whether a group of friends or family, a birthday, a social occasion or a fundraiser–a trip to Imagination Stage is guaranteed to delight everyone!

Group Reservations 

Imagination Stage makes bringing a group easy and fun!

  • Split PaymentHold a seat block with a deposit and pay the balance when you have your final headcount.
  • Group Reservation CodePick a performance and we’ll give your group members a discount code to purchase their own seats at their leisure.
  • Backstage ToursAdd-on a tour after most 4 p.m. performances. Tours cover our costume shop, scene shop, lighting and sound booth, and more! 
  • Grab a bite–Groups can eat at our on-site Just Imagine Cafe, check out Hard Times Café right across the street, or try one of the numerous ‘Woodmont Triangle’ restaurants in easy walking distance of our theatre!
  • Don’t forget about Meet-the-Actors in our lobby after every 1:30 and 4:00 weekend show, and fun and creative souvenirs in our Gift Shop!

Prices for our Lerner Family Theatre

Groups of 10-49 20% off
Groups of 50-99 30% off
Groups of 100+ 40% off
Buy-Out (372 seats) $4,500 (includes rental of our gallery space)
Imagination Stage is working hard to keep your ticket price low. We have kept our facility fee at 7% of your total order for online or phone sales. (*Please note that orders of 10+ are not available online.)

Birthday Parties

Having a birthday? Celebrate with tickets to a  show or a private  workshop, then have cake in our party room! Year-round options for all ages and every budget.

 

Fundraisers

Dramatically increase your fundraising by purchasing a block of tickets (or the whole theatre!) for a weekend day or evening show as a fundraiser for your organization. We provide a volume discount (cost as low as $9 per ticket) and you sell the tickets at a premium to your event attendees. It is both wonderful family fun and highly successful.

Are you a Group that just wants tickets?

Contact the box office | 301-280-1660, daily 10 am- 5 pm | boxoffice@imaginationstage.org

Questions about Group Options, Scouts or Fundraisers? 

Contact our Group Sales office | 301-280-1664 | groupsales@imaginationstage.org

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Early Childhood

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My First Imagination Stage is our Early Childhood program that focuses on children aged 1-5, providing fun and developmentally exciting experiences through classes and live performances. Play is serious fun for the very young.

Classes

You And Me (Ages 12-36 months) Be the flower while your child becomes the butterfly! These caregiver and child classes use props and materials to stimulate the senses and promote your child’s development of social and motor skills.Register Online

My Friends And Me (Ages 3–5) Older children are ready to play on their own! Students play together, develop relationships, and enter the world of make believe. Through the use of music, movement and dramatic play, these classes ignite your child’s imagination while flexing his or her problem-solving, language, and physical skills.

Register Online

Single-Session Workshops

Sunday Fun-Day

We invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. These popular workshops are themed around beloved children’s books. Best for ages 1-3.*

Schedule Varies – $10 per personRegister Online or call the Box Office at 301-280-1660 Saturday Song Circle 

You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children’s book with your family through song and musical instruments, and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. Best for ages 1 month-3 years.* 

Schedule Varies – $6 per person, Register Online or call the Box Office at 301-280-1660. Watch a video preview!

*Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

Shows

The My First Imagination Stage theatre series offers intimate, interactive performances designed for the very young in our Reeve Theatre. Tickets are on sale online, or at our Box Office (301-280-1660).


telltale heartsFrom Here to There October 25–November 24, 2013. Two friends build bridges from cardboard boxes and use rhythm and vocal play to create a catchy tune. It’s like jumping inside the world of a child’s imagination! Performances are followed by a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some of the props! Ages 2-5.

ASL-interpreted show 11/9 at 11:15. 

Tickets  

Watch a video preview!

Try our From Here to There Activity Guide!


aquariumAquarium December 17, 2013–January 26, 2014. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. Ages 1-5.

ASL-interpreted show 1/11 at 11:15.

Tickets

Watch a video preview!


inside out 300Inside Out March 1–April 6, 2014. It’s bedtime! But, instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! In this interactive show, discover the joy of turning things inside out. Performances include a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some items used in the show. Ages 1-5.

ASL-interpreted show 3/15 at 11:15. 

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mouse_onthe_moveMouse on the Move June 28-August 10, 2014 Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, there are many opportunities for audience participation. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.  Ages 1-5

Tickets  

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10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States 36.9 mi

The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. Visit today! Admission to the collection is FREE for everyone, every day!

Collection

African

American

Ancient Americas

Antioch Mosaics

Asian

Contemporary

European

Modern

Native American

Pacific Islands

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

Sculpture Gardens

Textiles

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Baltimore Museum of Art for Parents and Families

Family Fun at the BMA!

Visit the BMA for exciting family programs throughout the year—hands-on art workshops, special gallery tours, and more! Admission and activities are free, so bring the whole family and stay for as long or as short a time as you like.

Look for Henri Matisse’s dog Raoudi (pronounced “rowdy”), the BMA’s guide for family art adventures. This perky schnauzer from the much-loved painting Interior with Dog leads the way on the Museum’s Artful Stories audio tour and many other activities. Wherever you find him, you’ll know that fun for the whole family will soon follow!

Stop by on Free Family Sundays for free hands-on art workshops and tours just for families.

Free Audio Tour for Families!

Costume Packs

Available whenever the Museum is open

FREE

The BMA features new Costume Packs inspired by works of art. Kids can twirl in a tutu inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer, don King George IV’s fanciful cape, carry a Native American bandolier, or hold court in an ornate collar, necklace, and bodice fit for a Queen.

Costume Packs are available at the Welcome Desk in the BMA lobby.

BMA Audio Tour for Families

FREE

The BMA is one of the only museum audio tours with a dog leading the way! Raoudi, Matisse’s perky schnauzer, is the voice behind the Museum’s new Family Tour, which highlights objects in the collection. Rather than headphones, the Family Tour offers a handheld audio device that allows families to pause and chat about a work.

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755 South Park Drive, Salisbury, MD, United States 86.89 mi

The Salisbury Zoological Park is committed to enhancing our quality of life by providing a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction. With its animals, staff, volunteers, and park-like setting, the zoo encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world.

Zoo Tours

Tours are available for schools and civic groups, and need to be pre-booked. Call 410-546-3440 or go to the education section in our website.

Come see the Sloth at the Salisbury Zoo

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All sessions of ZooCamp teach an appreciation for and understanding of animals and nature through live animal interactions, animal observations, environmental games, arts & crafts, and many other exciting activities. ZooCamp sessions emphasize the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. Each session focuses on a different aspect of animal life. Sessions are offered for children entering grades K-8. All sessions of ZooCamp are aligned with Maryland State Curriculum Standards for Science.

 Summer Camp

  
Zoo Camps are a wonderful way to engage your child this spring or summer in a fun filled, all about animals experience. Gift Certificates can be purchased for camp(s) by contacting the Education Department at 410.546.3440.  Click here to download ZooCamp information.

Home School Workshops

Home School Workshops provide the opportunity for teaching parents to provide their children a fun, science themed, educational workshop.  Workshops are geared for multilevel age groups and are held at the Salisbury Zoo Education Center.  Each workshop includes a discussion on the given topic, live animal presentations, when available and a hands-on activity or game.

Storytime

This free program is intended for preschool children and their parents. Four and five year old children and accompanying adults are invited to join Wildlife Interpreters for an animal story, fun and sometimes silly songs and games and related craft project. This program is not intended for large groups or daycare centers.
Feel free to join us every Tuesdays at 10:00 am, March through November.

Wild Parties

Whether you are turning two years old or seventy-four years old, a Wild Party at the Zoo is a great way to celebrate. You can schedule a party to celebrate any occasion, not only your birthday!
For only $85, Friends of the Salisbury Zoo members ($100 non-members) can celebrate with the animals. Party-goers will enjoy making animal buttons and having Zoo animals join the party.  The birthday boy or girl receives a special gift from the Salisbury Zoo! We provide the craft materials and the animal presentation for the party.  You provide the decorations, food and of course, the guests. The party is scheduled for an hour and a half which allows plenty of time to eat cake and ice cream and to open gifts.  After the party, participants can enjoy exploring through the Zoo and time playing on Ben’s Red Swings playground.
Wild Parties take place in the ESBA Education Center and can be scheduled year-round. Because the party takes place inside, the program is not weather-dependent.

 

Party Rules and Regulations

Wild Party Flyer

To find out more information on family programs, contact the Education Department.

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800-899 N Madison St, Wilmington, DE, United States 98.34 mi

As part of the celebration of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Delaware’s American Bicentennial Commission formed the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame with University of Delaware football coach ”Tubby” Raymond at the helm and Al Cartwright, chair of the hall of fame subcommittee

For periods of time, inductee’s plaques were placed on display at the Grand Opera House, Bank of Delaware, the Wilmington Senior Center and the Balick Store. In later years a search for a permanent home began in earnest.

Horse racing exhibitThe quest finally paid off when in 1993 the Delaware Sports Authority allocated what would become 5000 square feet for a permanent home for the Hall and Museum at the new Daniel Frawley Stadium built for the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Click on the museum page for special exhibits and other happenings on the Wilmington Riverfront.


 

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Family Trips at the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame

Located at Frawley Stadium – on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware -the museum offers visitors the opportunity to see and hear Delaware sports figures describe their experiences.

Visitors will witness Hall of Famer “Judy” Johnson tell his story to a young fan. Relive athletes winning Olympic Gold Medals, the University of Delaware’s NCAA Football titles, exhibits honoring Delaware’s Special Olympians, pro baseball, football, basketball and soccer teams.

The Museum has computers and touch screens which allow visitors to learn about all inductees, Special Olympics and individual sports halls of fame.

Delaware sports history from Civil War days to the present comes alive through photos, audio & video presentations, artifacts, and memorabilia. Decade by decade exhibits tell the story of the accomplishments of the First State’s athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, sportswriters and broadcasters. Over two hundred and twenty people have been inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. Visitors can access special computers with biographies and photos.

THE “HALLWAY OF THE DECADES”

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5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, United States 98.45 mi

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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Family Trips at the Winterthur 

Especially for Families

Winterthur welcomes families! Spend special time together as you explore the museum and the garden at your own pace. Discover the delights that await you around every corner, and return again and again as your children grow.

View the Calendar of Events to see a schedule of special family programs.


Outside Fun

Stretch your legs and your imaginations! Explore the 60 acres of delightful naturalistic garden created and envisioned by the museum’s founder Henry Francis du Pont. You’ll be sure to find special spots that delight each member of your family in any season. Take a stroll along the garden and woodland paths or take a narrated tram ride. While you munch on your picnic, spy chipmunks, birds, and other wildlife.

Garden trams and the museum shuttle bus are wheelchair and stroller accessible.


Inside Fun

We have several different types of spaces for you and your family to experience indoors.

 

Self-Guided Activities

  • Have a pretend tea party or play in the general store in the Touch-It Room.
  • Pick up a Preschool Pack on your way to visit the Galleries.
  • On Saturdays a Hands On History Cart is available to help visitors of all ages explore themes related to special exhibitions.

Guided Tours

All tours of the house require reservations and are presented by guides who are happy to engage visitors of all ages.  In many cases, babies and strollers are welcome! Children age eight and older will also enjoy a broad range of in-depth tours.

  • The Introductory Tour unveils H. F. du Pont’s home and collection.
  • Experience the Once Upon a Family Tour, designed especially for children ages 4–11 and their families (March through October; 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.).
  • Enjoy a Yuletide or other seasonal tour.

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The Museum

Tour the house to see exquisite spaces in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight.

In the Galleries, explore unique displays crafted by Winterthur curators with selections from the collection of nearly 90,000 objects. These spaces are devoted to themes such as the history of style and specific media, including furniture, ceramics and glass, metals, textiles, and paintings and prints.  Return often, as the displays in these spaces often are changed.

Be sure to visit the Galleries’ special exhibitions featuring Winterthur objects or loans from other collections.  In the Dorrance Gallery, don’t miss the world-renowned Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens.

The Library

The Winterthur Library was established in 1952 to furnish staff, students, and the general public with research materials about American decorative arts. Since then it has become a recognized research center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America’s artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century.

The library, located in the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Research Building, is open to all interested readers without appointment or charge, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; it is closed on legal holidays. Staff welcomes inquiries and will respond in as timely a manner as possible.

The holdings of the library are cataloged in WinterCat, an online catalog available at Winterthur as well as through Winterthur’s web site. Bibliographic records of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and photographs are added daily to WinterCat, offering researchers an opportunity to inquire about the full range of the library’s holdings. The library’s bibliographic records are contributed to WorldCat, a comprehensive online resource maintained by OCLC.

Garden

Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life’s work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature’s beauty.

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2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, United States 98.74 mi

It might seem that an institution like a museum is carved in stone, but since its founding in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum has actually changed a great deal. Our Centennial Timeline, installed in the Museum’s Orientation Hallway, is a look at how things were and how they have changed, both here at the Museum and in the community that we serve. To put the Museum’s historical achievements in context, the Timeline mirrors notable Museum milestones with important local and world events.

A century ago, the Museum started life with an original purchase of approximately 100 Howard Pyle paintings. That collection has grown to include 12,000 works of art by great American masters such as Winslow Homer, artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and well-known American illustrators. The Museum’s name and physical space have also changed considerably. Originally called the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and then the Delaware Art Center, the Museum officially became the Delaware Art Museum in the early 1970s. And although we spent decades traveling around—with no permanent gallery space—the Museum now encompasses 80,000 square feet of exhibition and administrative space, four studio art classrooms, and a sprawling 9-acre sculpture park—the first of its kind in the region.

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KIDS’ CORNER

Kids’ Corner is a unique area within the Museum where children finally have the freedom to touch the art on the walls and even design their own artwork.The first part of Kids’ Corner that children usually visit asks the question, “What Can You Create?”  A gigantic white wall is covered in pegs for hanging colored pieces of foam.  Young artists are encouraged to think of the wall as a blank canvas and the foam pieces as paint.  They can use as many pieces as they like and leave their masterpiece up for others to see.

Next, in the Artist’s Studio, curious children will have fun using large magnetic puzzle pieces to create works of art represented in the Museum’s collection. Remember, this is their chance to touch actual painted works. The Story Station provides couches, chairs, and a small library of children’s books.  Adults can relax and share one of the many stories available with their kids.  All of the stories are related to art in some way.

Finally, the Elements of Art allows for direct interaction with three reproductions of the Museum’s priceless works.  By feeling a painting’s texture and changing its colors and line patterns, these elements become easy to understand in the world of art.

PUBLIC TOURS

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m. and a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays

Highlights Tour at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour at 2:00 p.m.

Tours are free with admission

THE ART OF STORYTELLING

The Art of Storytelling is an interactive program for children produced through a collaboration between the Delaware Art Museum and Night Kitchen Interactive, a multimedia design firm specializing in online learning and interactive exhibitions.

The Art of Storytelling website was created to allow online visitors to engage with our collections in a unique and creative way. Beyond experiencing our rich variety of art works in the traditional museum setting, this online project allows visitors to create their own pictures and stories inspired by works in the Museum. These visitor creations can then be shared, both as an email to a friend and published to this site as an entry for all to experience.For more information on Night Kitchen Interactive, please visithttp://www.whatscookin.com or contact the Education Department at the Museum by calling 302-571-9590 ext. 509.Click here to visit http://www.artofstorytelling.org.

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1124 E 7th St, Wilmington, DE, United States 98.79 mi

The Original Kalmar Nyckel

The original Kalmar Nyckel was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships. Its historical significance rivals that of the Mayflower, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told.

Did you know…

The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638 leaving its passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, the Colony of New Sweden in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She made a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic—more than any other ship of the era. Her first voyage to the New World left 24 settlers of Swedish, Finnish, German and Dutch descent in the Delaware Valley. Joining them was a black freedman who sailed from the Caribbean aboard her companion ship the Fogel Grip.

The Present Day Kalmar Nyckel

The present day Kalmar Nyckel serves as Delaware’s seagoing goodwill ambassador. She was built by a group of committed citizens to be a continuing witness to the courage and spirit of those individuals who undertook the mid-winter North Atlantic crossing in 1637-1638.

Since 1998, the ship has served as an outreach platform for the State of Delaware and a catalyst for social and economic development. The ship provides a unique platform for the Foundation’s educational programming as well as a venue for diplomatic, recreational, governmental and commemorative functions. The ship is owned and operated by the Kalmar NyckelFoundation, a non-profit organization that offers people of all ages a variety of sea and land based learning and recreational experiences.

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Public Sails and Tours

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Enjoy a Timeless Adventure!

Sail on Kalmar Nyckel:

The Kalmar Nyckel offers a wide array of sailing opportunities — from April through October.   Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel  — or become a “pirate” with the crew on special pirate sails.

To choose your sail, please click on the Sail/Tour Schedule on your left and browse by date or location. While tickets may also be purchased at the dock prior to a scheduled sail, it is best to make reservations.  That way you can be sure there is room and so we have your contact information in case a sail is cancelled due to weather concerns. To reserve your tickets, please call the Kalmar Nyckel office at (302) 429-7447.

In Chestertown, Kalmar Nyckel will be participating in the Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend November 1st through 4th.  Join the tall ship fleet for a sail down the Chester River, lined with gorgeous fall colors.  For information about the festival and tickets to sail please visithttp://www.sultanaprojects.com/downrigging/index.htm

Pirate Sails

Ahoy Mateys! Come Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers — come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th-Century Dutch Pinnace.  Our crew don pirate and sailor garb, and guests are encouraged to dress up as well!  The kids will enjoy a pirate story or help raise the Jolly Roger, and the adults will enjoy a history talk.  Both kids and adults can try their hand at a scavenger hunt with a treasure at the end!  See the ship’s cannons and imagine being at the helm of this magnificent vessel.  Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

Tour Kalmar Nyckel

In select locations, join the crew for a memorable deck tour of Kalmar Nyckel.  Our crew will talk with guests about the ship, its special place in history and what made it unique in 1638 and today.  Kids can ring our ship’s bell, march around the capstan, and steer the ship using the whipstaff (1630’s helm technology predating the wheel).  Check out her carvings from the dock before you step aboard.  The stern carvings are all newly-painted with period-correct hues, and our gilded figurehead, “Leo the Lion,” shows his fierce teeth!  These 10-15 minute tours are offered for a nominal charge.  Please visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

For more information, please contact us at: 

Email: info@kalmarnyckel.org

Phone: 302-429-7447

Please note that due to the nature of the weather and conditions beyond our control, the Ship’s schedule is subject to change without notice. 

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