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!