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Winterthur Emerging from Short Shutdown


Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, famous for its regular schedule of garden tours and antiques exhibitions, has switched its focus to a seasonal calendar that better targets the museum’s programming and services. The popular Brandywine Valley attraction went into hibernation on February 1 and remains closed to the public until March 9.

The museum, which sits amid a glorious 60-acre garden and surrounding woodlands, waterways and rolling meadow landscapes, is undergoing renovations during this downtime. All the work, which happens to have coincided with a particularly rough patch of winter weather, is in preparation for the upcoming spring season.

“February is traditionally a very slow month for visitation,” said David Roselle, Winterthur’s director. “The break will allow us to better align our calendar to reflect seasonal offerings and to achieve important cost-savings.”

While workers concentrate on numerous maintenance and repair projects, members are still welcome to walk the premises dawn to dusk, Tuesday-Sunday. The library remains open to researchers.

After the museum reopens, visitors can witness Winterthur’s famed spring bloom cycle, starting with the March Bank. This features more than a million bulbs creating an abundant blanket of color on the wooded hillsides.

The opening of a new exhibition, Lost Gardens of the Brandywine, premieres on March 27.

To find out what else Winterthur has in store for this spring, visit www.winterthur.org or call 302.888.4600.