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Top 10 Museums of Delaware

The stories told in the museums of Delaware are in many ways the stories of us all, and of the entire nation. Whether the topic is America’s Colonial legacy, its military and industrial might, or its evolving cultural ideals, Delaware museums offer a unique viewpoint and some rare treasures – whether it’s the amazing collection of soup tureens at Winterthur, or some of the earliest recording devices on display at the Johnson Victrola Museum.

Start your exploration of the museums of Delaware with a few of the best:

  • Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (North Wilmington): This 175-room DuPont mansion set amid 60 acres of gardens is a must-see of any Delaware trip. Known for its antiques and lavishly decorated rooms, Winterthur also amazes with its acres of blossoms.
  • Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington): An essential stop for its in-depth look at the DuPont Co.’s early days as a gunpowder giant, Hagley also boasts a picturesque setting along the Brandywine River.
  • Nemours Mansion and Gardens (Wilmington): The lofty aesthetics of the French aristocracy inspired this ornate DuPont mansion and its formal gardens.
  • Delaware Museum of Natural History (North Wilmington): Known for its collections of seashells, birds and bird eggs. Also keep watch for life-sized dinosaurs, and take a peek beneath the seas.
  • Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington): Enjoy a pleasing perspective on American art and illustration from the 19th to the 21st century, and on the English Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century.
  • Delaware Children’s Museum (Wilmington Riverfront): A great hands-on experience for families with small children.
  • Johnson Victrola Museum (Dover): A fascinating collection of phonographs, recording and memorabilia related to Eldridge Reeves Johnson, who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company.
  • Air Mobility Command Museum (Dover): Aviation buffs and military history fans will lose themselves amid the old military aircraft.
  • Biggs Museum of American Art (Dover): Set in picturesque downtown Dover, the Biggs focuses on the fine and decorative arts of Delaware, the Mid-Atlantic and the nation from 1700 onward.
  • Zwaanendael Museum (Lewes): Dutch-inspired architecture holds a close-up look at Southern Delaware’s settlers.