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Holidays at Winterthur and Longwood Gardens: Featuring Jacqueline Kennedy and H. F. du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House

In-Person Program

Weekend Tour

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1CD005
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$195 - Member
$245 - Non-Member

Materials for this program

  1. COVID Guidance for In-Person Tours

The Dried Flower Tree at Winterthur (Photo: Courtesy of Winterthur)

Please Note: Current CDC and Smithsonian COVID-19 guidelines (at the time of the tour) will be followed, including but not limited to masks on the bus and indoors.

Kick off your holidays in grand style with a day spent visiting two special destinations. Begin at Winterthur to view the traditional holiday décor. It’s enhanced by a tour of a special exhibition that tells the story of an unusual yet historic partnership between Jacqueline Kennedy and collector Henry Francis du Pont who was appointed in 1961 to lead the first lady’s project to restore the White House interiors. Jacqueline Kennedy and H. F. du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House includes artifacts, archives, and images that chronicle the behind-the-scenes collaboration that transformed the White House from a mere public residence into a museum—with help from some of the most celebrated interior designers of the 20th century.

Winterthur’s traditional Yuletide tour shows off the opulent holiday décor of Du Pont’s former home, including the unique dried-flower tree that features some 60 varieties of greenery and blooms.

An evening visit to nearby Longwood Gardens offers time on your own to relax, wander the grounds, and take in the spectacular seasonal decorations. The famed holiday garden light display features hundreds of sparkling snowflakes, twinkling tree forms, and illuminated fountains.

Decorative arts historian Elizabeth Lay leads the tour. Lunch is included at Winterthur; free time is allotted at Longwood Gardens to pick up a bite on your own.

General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, December 9, 2022.
  • The tour meets at and leaves by bus from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C St., S.W. (corner of 6th and C Sts.), with a pickup stop at the I-495 Exit 27 commuter parking lot at about 8:25 a.m.
  • For additional tour information:
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
Fringe: I-495, Exit 27 carpool parking lot