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History & Heritage

Explore Delaware history as you discover the places and events that helped shaped a nation and the proud heritage of The First State.

Tour the family estates of the du Ponts – Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Winterthur, and Hagley Museum and Gardens – and take in each of their distinct architecture, decorative arts and scenic gardens.

For serious history buffs or family road trip ideas, embark on the Delaware History Trail and experience up to 36 historically significant sites including The Green in Dover, where Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

From strolling the cobblestone streets of historic New Castle to setting sail on the Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware museums and historical attractions offer a glimpse into the life and culture of days gone by. 

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Delaware Museum of Natural History

  • 4840 Kennett Pike
  • Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Phone: 302-658-9111
  • Region: New Castle
Explore the wonders of the natural world with Delaware’s only dinosaurs, an African watering hole, a giant squid display, the hands-on Nature Nook, a walk-over Barrier Reef, and shells and mammals see more »

Afro-American Historical Society/Art Alliance

  • 2018 Silverside Rd.
  • Wilmington, DE 19810
  • Phone: (302) 562-4718
  • Region: New Castle

Air Mobility Command Museum

  • 1301 Heritage Rd.
  • Dover, DE 19902
  • Phone: (302) 677-5938
  • Region: Kent
Fascinating collection of rare vintage aircraft. Climb aboard planes from WW II to current four-engine jet transports. Fly our simulators. FREE guided tours, open to the public. Exit 91 off Route 1 see more »

Amstel House

  • 2 East Fourth St.
  • New Castle, DE 19720
  • Phone: (302) 322-2794
  • Region: New Castle
Among New Castle’s few surviving early colonial buildings is the elegant brick, early Georgian mansion, the Amstel House. Built in the 1730s by the town’s wealthiest landowner, Dr. John Finney, the see more »

Auburn Heights Preserve

  • 3000 Creek Rd.
  • Yorklyn, DE 19736
  • Phone: (302) 239-2385
  • Region: New Castle
Operated by the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve (F.A.H.P.), in partnership with Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, the Marshall Steam Museum features the world’s largest operating see more »

Barratt's Chapel and Museum

  • 6362 Bay Rd.
  • Frederica, DE 19946
  • Phone: (302) 335-5544
  • Region: Kent
Barratt's Chapel is an officially designated Heritage Landmark of the United Methodist Church. Today it is owned and maintained by the Commission on Archives and History of the Peninsula-Delaware see more »

Bethany Beach Museum

  • Garfield Pkwy & Rt. 1
  • Bethany Beach, DE 19930
  • Phone: (302) 539-8011
  • Region: Sussex

Biggs Museum of American Art

  • 406 Federal St.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 674-2111
  • Region: Kent
The Biggs Museum of American Art features a growing collection of nearly 1,800 fine and decorative art objects, reflecting the Delmarva Peninsula. Sixteen galleries display furniture, paintings, see more »

Breakwater/Harbor of Refuge

  • Cape May/Lewes Terminal
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 644-7046
  • Region: Sussex

Bridgeville Historical Society Museum

  • 102 William St.
  • Bridgeville, DE 19933
  • Phone: (302) 337-8595
  • Region: Sussex

Camden Friends Meeting

  • 122 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave.
  • Camden, DE 19934
  • Phone: (302) 698-3324
  • Region: Kent
Walking tours of historic homes in Camden. Call for information and special events. see more »

Cannon Ball Maritime House

  • 118 Front St.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-7670
  • Region: Sussex
The Cannonball House has come to symbolize not only the Society, but the town of Lewes as well; previous uses included a restaurant, a laundry store and, for a time, the mayor's office. Harkening back see more »

Cape Henlopen State Park

  • 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: 302-645-8983
  • Region: Sussex
Cape Henlopen's beaches offers great opportunity for scenic surf fishing! Cape Henlopen State Park is home to breathtaking beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide see more »

Cape Henlopen State Park and Campground

  • 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-8983
  • Region: Sussex
Cape Henlopen State Park is home to breathtaking beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day (schedule may see more »

Captain John Smith Monument/Phillips Landing

  • Phillips Landing Rd., Rt 496
  • Laurel, DE 19956
  • Region: Sussex
A “new” chapter in Delaware history was written in 2007 when scientific studies of charts made by Captain John Smith revealed that he had reached Delaware while exploring the Chesapeake Bay and its see more »

Cheney Clow's Rebellion

  • 659 Sudlersville Road
  • Clayton, DE 19938
  • Phone: (302) 744-5047
  • Region: Kent
During the American Revolution many Delawareans remained loyal to the British Crown. In 1778 a group of Loyalists under the leadership of local resident Cheney Clow constructed a fort near this see more »

Cooch-Dayett Mills

  • 904 Old Baltimore Pk
  • Newark, DE 19702
  • Phone: (302) 239-2334
  • Region: New Castle
With programming provided by the Delaware Nature Society, Cooch-Dayett Mills features education programs for families, school classes and the public. The historic roller mills, along with natural see more »

De Vries Monument

  • 102 Road 268
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Region: Sussex
The De Vries Monument was dedicated on September 22, 1909, and placed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1972. It commemorates the establishment of the first permanent see more »

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

  • 866 N. Dupont Hwy.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 734-1618
  • Region: Kent
For the child who believes milk comes from the grocery store instead of a cow, for the woman who remembers using a cornsheller on her grandmother's farm, the family who takes twentieth century see more »

Delaware Aviation Museum

  • 21513 Rudder Ln
  • Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Phone: (302) 854-0244
  • Region: Sussex

Delaware Historical Society

  • 505 Market Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 295-2390
The Delaware Historical Society is the statewide, non-profit organization that explores, preserves, shares, and promotes Delaware history, heritage, and culture to strengthen our community. see more »

Delaware History Museum

  • 504 N. Market St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: 302-656-0637
  • Region: New Castle
The Delaware History Museum, located in a renovated art-deco Woolworth store, features three galleries of changing interactive exhibits on Delaware history, including displays of rare items of see more »

Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame

  • 801 Shipyard Dr
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 425-3263
  • Region: New Castle
The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame has volunteer opportunities at the Museum, located at Frawley Stadium on the Wilmington Riverfront. The 5000 square foot Museum showcases over 150 years of see more »

Delaware State House Museum

  • 25 The Green
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-2438
  • Region: Kent

Delaware State Police Museum

  • 1425 N Dupont Hwy.
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-7700
  • Region: Kent
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