Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Facilities: Auditorium (350 seats): Botanical Gardens; Food Services Restaurant; Library (70.000 volumes); Shops! (2).

Activities: Education Programs; Films; Guided Tours; Lectures.

Publications: collection catalogue; magazine (quarterly); newsletter; research publications.

The Winterthur Museum houses a permanent collection of more than 80,000 objects made or used in America between 1640 and 1860, including furniture, textiles, paintings, prints, silver, pewter, ceramics, glass, needlework, and brass. The Museum consists of two buildings, one with 175 period rooms, and the other with three exhibition galleries. Known primarily for its great collection of American decorative arts, the Museum does contain important works of fine art, including paintings by Stuart, Copley, and Peale. Exterior view of Winterthur Museum. Photograph by Robert Lautman, courtesy of Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware.

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In high summer the green world of trees is almost overwhelming, the banks crowded with sweet reed grass, meadow sweet, willowherbs, vetches and many spreads of yellow waterlily, a real Wind in the Willows world. In autumn there are brambles to be eaten; in spring the returning wildlife spree, with swans nesting and swallows swooping. The travel destinations are ‘a good thing’ at any season. One thing which often surprises those discovering the Lowland travel destinations, whether on water or towpath, is just how overwhelmingly rural the experience is, even within city bounds. The travel destinations are a scenic treat and will repay many visits or provide a dedicated holiday challenge. The travel destinations are described with some detail but there are also what could be called side trips which deserve exploring (there aren’t all that many pubs or cafes on the towpath!). One might forsake the travel destinations’ forever flatness to take a day over the Antonine Wall on Croy Hill or Bar Hill, or to some of the country parks or explore places like Linlithgow, Falkirk, Kilsyth or Kirkintilloch, often by circular walks. All this is described. The travel destination is for leisurely, timeless exploring, and certainly will lead to future returns by car, bus or train to show others what was discovered and to extend experiences. The Falkirk Wheel or the Kelpies will be far more treasured if the first serendipitous experience of them came by or on the travel destinations.

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