Access expanded at Winterthur

September 13, 1992|By New York Times News Service

Winterthur, the museum of American decorative arts near Wilmington, Del., is taking a step toward greater accessibility this fall with the opening of a gallery in a new 22,000-square-foot exhibition building. The museum stands on the former 980-acre estate of the late Henry Francis du Pont. Previously its holdings of 89,000 objects could be seen only on a guided tour.

The gallery, scheduled to open Oct. 10, is the first of three being built adjacent to the museum.

The building is intended to offer a more flexible tour structure, to reach a larger public, and to improve access by visitors using wheelchairs and those who do not speak English.

The second gallery, which will display furniture, is scheduled to open in April; the third, for changing exhibits, is tentatively set for 1994.

Winterthur is six miles northwest of Wilmington on state Route 52; call (800) 448-3883 or (302) 888-4600.

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