Monday, April 23, 2012

Museum Monday - Winterthur

Museum Monday is here! We all know and love the big name museums such as, the Metropolitian Museum of Art (the Met) and the Louvre, yet I created this series to introduce you to some of my favorite cultural "gems" with a little less name recognition. Winterthur is hands down one of my favorite museums. The museum, gardens, events, yuletide experience and educational courses are amazing!
Used with permission, photo courtesy, Winterthur
Winterthur is located on 1,000 beautiful acres in Delaware and houses the world's largest collection of early American furnishings and decorative arts. The former 175 room childhood home to Henry Francis du Pont contains more than 90,000 objects dating from 1640 to 1860. What a treat to visit of one of the former homes of the prominent du Pont family.
Used with permission, Winterthur.  Photo courtesty, J. Lindvig
Used with permission, Winterthur. Photo courtesty, J. Lindvig
The interior spaces are not only stunning, but truly a study of America's finest interior offerings. Each room is a treat beyond words.    
Gorgeous space. I'm smitten with the settee, and its bolster pillows. Such a timeless space.   
Used with permission, Winterthur.   
Used with permission, Winterthur. Photo courtesy, Gavin Ashworth.  
Winterthur's Point-to-Point steeplechase is a day of horse racing and exquisite tailgate picnics. I've attended many and can share with you that family and friends dressed in sundresses, hats and ties feasting on food makes for wonderful memories. Get your tickets for Saturday, May 6th! 
Used with permission, Winterthur. Photo courtesty, Pat Crowe.
Used with permission, Winterthur. Photo courtesty, Bob Hickok.
This year's Point-to-Point will feature food demonstrations by Dana Herbert a previous winner of TLC's Cake Boss and Fox's MasterChef season two winner Jennifer Behm, both from Delaware. Sounds like this year's event is going to be superb, as always!

Have you been to Winterthur? Thinking of planning a trip now? What are some of your favorite museums? Happy Monday!


Francine Gardner said...

This is one of my very favorite museum.
While living in DC, I would take my children there on a monthly basis. The grounds are spectacular, and it is so fascinated to learn about american history through furniture. My first house was built in 1668, and I made many trips from Bsston to Winterthur while restoring the house

Cara said...

looks lovely!

Karena said...

Lisa I would love to visit this museum, it looks amazing!! I love the grounds!

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Cheryl said...

Oh my gosh, so beautiful. I wish I lived near by!!! It will be on my list of places to see. Thank you for telling us about this magnificent place.

Cheryl said...

Oh my gosh, so beautiful. I wish I lived near by!!! It will be on my list of places to see. Thank you for telling us about this magnificent place.

Splendid Sass said...

All the beautiful!
Happy Monday.

The Buzz Blog said...

We did a licensing program with Winterthur two years ago and spent many a beautiful day there. The textile achives are a sight to be seen and the flowering bushes in May are amazing. Diane spoke at the Point-to-Point two years ago and had such fun at the races. My favorite museum is the Rodin in Paris!

Splenderosa said...

Just beautiful, Lisa. We should be so proud of our heritage and never allow anything significant to be changed or destroyed. Thank you for taking us to Winterthur. xx's

pretty pink tulips said...

This looks amazing! My garden club has talked about making a field trip, so I hope to see it one day.

I love Frick in NYC and the Rodin in Paris. Museum gems!!!

I look forward to more of your Museum Mondays!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Lili said...

beautiful! how are you lisa?

Mary Anne said...

So happy to have discoverd your blog this morning. Loved your post on Winterthur and your great photos. I also read a few of your posts and decided I can't lose you! I will be back to enjoy more!
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quintessence said...

LOVE Winterthur!! I have only been there once but it is truly a national treasure!! Point to Point sounds like a fabulous event!

STYLE'N said...

What a great series Lisa! And nice to see you posting :) Love the pictures esp the bright and colorful flowers. I have not been to Winterthur but would love to go.

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Eddie Ross said...

We just put this on our list for summer trips. Looks like a great place for a weekend getaway!
Gorgeous post as always!
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Stevie said...

When I was a teen I used to lifeguard at a swimming pool in an apartment complex in NoVA called Winterthur. This looks way more interesting. So much space! That staircase took my breath away. I bet the du Pont's had a very large staff.

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