Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House

In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy appointed Henry Francis du Pont to lead her project…
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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Saturday, May 7

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Saturday, May 7

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52),
Wilmington, DE 19807

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In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy appointed Henry Francis du Pont to lead her project to restore the White House interiors. The redesign became a history lesson for the country and awakened an interest in preservation and interior design that is still felt today. For the first time, the story of this historic partnership will be told at Winterthur, the inspiration for Mrs. Kennedy’s project.

Get the most of your visit to Winterthur with these activities, included with your General Admission ticket, which is good for two consecutive days!

Please note: Reservations are required for the guided and self-paced house tours. Guided exhibition tours take place in the exhibition in the galleries.

Take a guided exhibition tour and learn about the friendship between the First Lady and Henry Francis du Pont and their work to restore the White House. Available daily from 1:30-2:00 pm. Drop-in tour, reservations not required.

Take the house tour Walking in Jackie’s Footsteps. Follow the path Jacqueline Kennedy when she was touring the house at Winterthur in 1961. See the rooms and collections that inspired her to restore the White House. Guided and self-paced tours are available. Reservations required. Please call 800.448.3883 or email [email protected] for information. All visitors must wear a mask on guided house tours.

Enjoy Jackie-themed dining and shopping. Our exhibition pop-up store features items inspired by the White House restoration project and Jackie’s iconic sense of style. For even more unique home décor, gifts, jewelry, and more, visit the Museum Store in the Cottage. When you’re ready for lunch or a snack, get a taste of new items influenced by Jackie’s favorites in our Visitor Center Café.

Explore the galleries and garden. Take a stroll in the world-renowned 60-acre garden or explore one of our walking trails throughout the 1,000-acre estate. And, no visit is complete without our garden tram tour. Our guides share highlights of the garden and the history of Winterthur on this 30-minute narrated tour. Then, head inside to be inspired by the galleries, featuring two floors of the finest examples of American decorative arts. 

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