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Antiques Roadshow opens new season at Winterthur Museum

The Emmy-nominated Antiques Roadshow returns to PBS in January.

And the new season of the show, where experienced appraisers give people an accurate appraisal and the value of their antiques, starts with a First State flavor.


The first three episodes were filmed at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Wilmington.

Antiques Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko says they often shoot at convention centers across the country for logistical reasons.


But, she says, using Winterthur was part of the show’s effort to take a different approach, “Then we decided to go to distinctive, historic locations where we could shoot both indoors and out. And also, shows that you’ve been seeing on-air for the past two years - we really like that better; our audiences are telling us they like it better. And we’re always looking for ways to make it better.

Bemko says the outdoor environment - especially at Winterthur - gave the show a lot of energy.


Winterthur’s associate director of events Jill Abbott says hosting Antiques Roadshow was a career highlight for her, “I’ve been at Winterthur 22 years - so that’s a long time doing events. This really was just something wonderful for Winterthur and wonderful for the people who came. It was a win, win.”

The first of the three Winterthur episodes airs January 6, 2020. Bemko notes the first hour of the season premiere showcases material from Winterthur - and the history of artists living and working in the area.


Other episodes filmed at Winterthur will air on January 13, 2010 and January 20, 2020.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.