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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike Winterthur, DE 19735
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    Upcoming events
      Striking Beauties: American Shelf Clocks & Timepieces
    • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    • This exhibition features 16 examples of American bracket, shelf and table clocks designed for use in the home and made between 1775 and 1850. Satisfying --and stimulating --consumers' demand for inexpensive, accurate timekeeping devices, clockmakers experimented with scaled-down, weight-driven movements housed in decorative cases. Clock-making tools from the Dominy family workshop of East Hampton, New York, including a mechanical wheel-cutting engine, illustrate historic hand skills and equipment. Innovative patented clocks and timepieces produced by members of the Simon Willard family and Eli Terry family as well as a this unusual diamond shaped wall clock by Jabez Baldwin showcase the range and refinement of forms produced during the young nation's early decades. Winterthur curators Joshua Lane and Ann Wagner co-curated the exhibition on view from in the museum's first floor galleries.
      Squeaky Wheels
    • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    • Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join Winterthur for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend time with your child and make friends with new families while you learn a little about the amazing collections that make the Museum special.
      Wellness at Winterthur: Gentle Yoga
    • Thursday, May 4, 2017
    • Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature. The tone and pace of the class will activate your internal energy and guide you to connect to your deepest essence, so you leave feeling peaceful yet revitalized. Led by Beth Sheehy. Bring a yoga mat, small towel, and water bottle. Wear layers appropriate to the season. Classes are rain or shine and will meet at the Brown Learning Center at 9:00 am and move outdoors as weather permits. Drop-in rate of $10 for both members and non-members. No advance registration necessary. Capacity: 30 people.
      Winterthur Girl Scout Programs
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017
    • Winterthur offers an exciting array of programs just for Girl Scouts! Come earn your "Social Butterfly", "Textile Artist" or "Flowers" badges, proceed on your "Flower Garden Journey" or just take a tour with your troop. The cost for each program varies. Admission for parents who would like to visit the museum while their daughter is participating in a program is usually $15.Please register for all programs through the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council by calling 800.341.4007. To organize a house tour for your troop, call Winterthur Information and Tours at 800.448.3883 or 888.4600.
      Lecture: "A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley"
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017
    • Harvard historian Jane Kamensky looks through the eyes of painter John Singleton Copley to reveal an unknown American Revolution. Drawn from Kamensky's riveting new book A Revolution in Color, the talk brings Copley's world and art to life, while exploring the fraught relationships between liberty and slavery, duty and ambition, legacy and posterity: tensions that shaped Copley's America, and beset us still.
      39th Annual Point-to-Point
    • Sunday, May 7, 2017
    • Join Winterthur for the 39th annual Point-to-Point, the Brandywine Valley's signature spring event. Enjoy a festive day of professional horse racing, elegant tailgating, and fun family activities. Kids of all ages will delight in the ever-popular pony rides, stick horse races, Winterthur Hunt, face painting, and canine-friendly activities for the family pup. Or, perhaps you'd like to dine trackside with an elegant brunch at the Winterthur Hunt Brunch Hospitality Tent. Point-to-Point has something for everyone. See you at the races.
      Historical Journeys
    • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    • Individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are invted to participate in this interactive program.
      Treasures on Trial Lecture Series: "The Hermès Birkin Bag in a Counterfeit World"
    • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    • For more than 20 years, the Hermès Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. Best-selling author Michael Tonello chronicles the unusual ventures that took him to nearly every continent--and from eBay to Paris auction houses and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs alike--on the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur and Robin Hood to thousands of desperate rich women. Along the ride, we'll learn the secrets to authenticating designer handbags.
      Conservation Clinic
    • Thursday, May 11, 2017
    • Learn more about the condition, care, and recommended treatment for your antique. By appointment only (call 302.888.4786). Free admission. Note: no more than three objects per appointment. Monetary appraisals will not be given. Held one Thursday per month (1:00 pm-4:00 pm) at Winterthur's Brown Horticulture Center.
      Director's Garden Walks
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • Formerly known as the Second Saturdays Garden Walk, these walks are on the second Saturday of each month, year-round at 1:00 pm (unless otherwise noted). All walks begin and end at the Visitor Center and are free for Members and included with admission. Join Winterthur's Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand on a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape! Walks last about 90 minutes. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 approximately 3 hours before the walk. March 11, 2017 - Snowdrops and Other Minor Bulbs; April 8, 2017 - Winterhazels and Early Rhododendrons; May 13, 2017 - Azaleas and Spring Wildflowers; June 10, 2017 - Meadows, Streams, and Ponds, 8 p.m. (bring a flashlight); July 8, 2017 - Chimney Swifts on Farm Hill, 8 p.m. (bring a flashlight); August 12, 2017 - Sunset from the Train Station, 7 p.m. (bring a flashlight and prepare for a long walk); September 9, 2017 - Garden Architecture and Water Features; October 14, 2017 - Autumn Color, Flowers, and Fruits; November 11, 2017 - Late Fall Color in the Garden; December 9, 2017 - Conifers and the Winter Garden.
      Winterthur After Hours
    • Friday, May 26, 2017
    • Winterthur After Hours on select Friday evenings presents families and adults with an evening opportunity to explore the Galleries and grounds. Enjoy a variety of offerings that enhance this local treasure, including music and a beer garden (programs subject to change)). Admission is Pay What You Wish; proceeds help fund a variety of museum, garden, and library operations. Call 800.448.3883 for more information or to reserve your spot. For other evening music programs, visit the Museum's performances and entertainment page.