Holiday House Tour

Planning for the Museum Council’s 2016 Holiday House Tour: Houses with History is underway! This unique tour features homes that will not be opened for a public tour again for a generation–if ever. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to tour Wilmington’s most spectacular historic homes decorated for the holidays. The Tour will coincide with the Museum’s Annual Winter Arts Festival, which will feature 20 regional artisans and live holiday music.

Proceeds support the Museum’s educational programs.

What will you see on the 2016 Holiday House Tour?

Have you noticed the mansion on Kennett Pike, which has undergone a remarkable renovation? After years of benign neglect and hiding behind a thicket of trees and underbrush, this home is being restored to its original glory. For privacy and noise control, the owners have planted a well-planned screen of greenery. Just wait until you see inside!

OberodOberod, the family home Harry and Jane duPont Lunger built in the 1930s, has undergone major renovations and updating of systems to preserve this building without damage to its original design. Oberod may well have been the inspiration for the nickname “Chateau Country,” by which the Centreville, Delaware area is known. You’ll be able to drive up the sweeping driveway to the gorgeous ironwork gate at the entrance to the cobblestone courtyard. You’ll walk on the bricked sidewalk through that courtyard to the front entrance to the home. You’ll want to wear your walking shoes!

Three other homes have had duPont family connections. Two of these places were in dreadful condition, and might have been lost, but for the thoughtful, well-planned, and extensive restorations they received from new owners.

Each of the homes has a compelling history. You will have a glimpse into how modern families live in historic sites.

A special luncheon location

In addition to these five houses, we’ve reserved the Greenville Country Club, a former duPont family home named Owl’s Nest, for luncheon which will be opened only for those who purchase an additional luncheon ticket. A limited number of luncheon tickets will be available so please order yours early so you won’t be disappointed. No need to worry about parking; you’ll be able to drive right up to that canopy at the front door for valet parking–without an additional charge.

Winter Arts Festival

On Holiday House Tour day, your wristband/tour ticket will grant you admission to the Museum on Kentmere Parkway where, in addition to marvelous art collections, a well-stocked Museum Store, an excellent café, and delightful holiday music, you will find Winter Arts Festival with 20 first-rate artisans offering holiday gifts and artistic treasures. This festival will continue on Sunday as well.

Where can you buy tickets?

Tour and luncheon tickets will be for sale on the Museum’s website and at the front desk in the Museum on or before November 1, 2016. We’ll put a link to the ticket-sales site on this page as soon as tickets are available.

Tickets may be purchased using your credit card online and at the Museum. Use cash or checks at these retail locations:  Everything But The Kitchen Sink, Janssen’s Market, Minster’s Jeweler’s in Newark, Old Country Gardens, Purple Sage Herbs & Gifts in Middletown & Studio 882 Furniture + Design in Glen Mills.

If you decide you want luncheon tickets, please order them online or call or visit the Museum because they will not be available at these stores.

All Delaware Art Museum members will receive a mailed invitation, which will contain a mail-in order form for both tour and luncheon tickets.

Tour ticket are $35 with advance purchase and $40 on the day of the tour.

Please save the date and join us on this special day, Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will be supporting the programs of the Delaware Art Museum. We hope to see you there!

About the Museum Council

The Delaware Art Museum Council, founded in 1967, is a long-standing organization who takes pride in generating and sustaining creativity in our community. Our Members consist of an array of women and men with varying professional and personal interests.

The Council’s mission is to be ambassadors for the Museum in cultivating projects and promoting interest and support of the Museum within the region.

The Council achieves its vocation by helping the Museum attain its mission. Specifically, the Council participates in a host of volunteer opportunities, directs fund-raising projects, and promotes art appreciation during monthly meetings.

The Council supports the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of the unique resources at the Delaware Art Museum and welcomes you to join our commitment and passion. I encourage you contact Harriet Mueller at hbdmueller@hotmail.com or 302-429-6201 to ask how you can get involved.

Click here for more information about the Museum Council.