Bearing Witness

Objects in these galleries bear witness to people, encounters, and entanglements in American communities. They document makers and consumers, and they illustrate a global story that crosses gender, racial, cultural, social, and geographic boundaries.


STORIES OF PEOPLE, IDEAS, AND CULTURE fill these galleries. As we consider Winterthur's collection through new lenses, we travel beyond the borders of narratives previously told, exploring American communities that have gone unacknowledged and mapping a new direction for inquiry and conversation. Join us on that journey. 


Look for objects represented with the green diamonds and use the QR codes to share your ideas, reactions, and questions with us. 

Proceed by clicking "Begin the Tour," or select an object from the list

Bearing Witness Objects