DELAWARE VISITORS CENTER

 

The Delaware State Visitor Center staff assists tourists, newcomers and Delawareans alike, by providing information on local and statewide attractions, events, and activities. Maps and printed materials are available as well as a History Store featuring a wide range of distinctive gifts and Delaware souvenirs. Some Delaware History information and maps can be downloaded through the Visitor Center’s Homework Help section. There are two galleries that showcase changing exhibits throughout the year, focusing on various aspects of Delaware history and culture.

The Delaware State Visitor Center is open free of charge, although donations are accepted.

________________________________________

Educational Group Tours

Unlock the Key to History with the Delaware State Visitor Center. The Delaware State Visitor Center features a changing exhibit gallery, museum store, public restrooms, a general information center, and presentation room. Scheduled group tours participate in a variety of interactive programs complementing exhibits within the building as well as other facilities administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

Call the Delaware State Visitor Center at (302) 739-4266 to confirm group tour reservations and obtain information about interative/special focus tours offered at the Visitor Center, State House, Delaware Archaeology Museum, Delaware Museum of Small Town Life, and the Johnson Victrola Museum.

The Changing Exhibit Gallery(adults/students; 30 minutes): Experience a variety of thematic displays showcasing events and miscellaneous activities associated with Delaware History and culture. Inquire about the latest exhibit and its related programmatic activities.

State Symbols(students grades Pre-K – 2: 20 minutes): Highlights information about Delaware symbols and their significance.

School group tours complement Delaware’s Social Studies Content Standards.

________________________________________

Homework Help

Please note: Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader are required to view these pages. You may download MS Word Reader or Adobe Reader for free.

A handout filled with facts about Delaware’s State Seal:

MS Word Format Adobe .PDF Format

See the words and listen to Delaware’s State Song:

Delaware State Song

Fun facts about the First State and Delaware’s symbols:

MS Word Format Adobe .PDF Format

Get a Delaware Map

Adobe .PDF Format

The fascinating history of Delaware:

MS Word Format Adobe .PDF Format

A Delaware history timeline:

Delaware: A Historic View

Delaware Map of Hundreds in Existence Between 1700 and 1800

 

________________________________________

History Stores

Take home a piece of Delaware! Our History Stores are chock-full of Delaware souvenirs, books, educational items and gifts to complement your museum tour.

The Delaware State Visitor Center History Store offers visitors to Delaware a chance to purchase items depicting Delaware’s State symbols, Delaware’s history, and Delaware’s points of interest. Did you know that the ladybug is Delaware’s State insect?

Books on Victrolas or E.R. Johnson, Nipper items, authentic magazine advertisements depicting Victrolas, and records are some of the items available at the Johnson Victrola History Store.

Maritime offerings such as Lighthouse prints and posters, books on ships, games and jewelry as well asHMB DeBraak memorabilia can be purchased at the Zwaanendael History Store.

The John Dickinson Plantation History Store purveys books depicting farm-life in the early 1800’s, colonial souvenirs and games, history books and hand-dipped candles.

Colonial items and games, Delaware and African American history books, souvenirs and jewelry help make up the assemblage of merchandise located at the New Castle Court House History Store.

The mission of the History Stores is the enhancement of the educational mission of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs by providing items to the visiting public that relate to Delaware history and the collections, exhibits and programs of our museums. The proceeds from the sales are dedicated to the funding of exhibits, programs and publications by the Division. We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and personal checks for your convenience.

If you have any questions, or require further information, please feel free to email or call (302) 739-4266.

Thank you for your patronage!

________________________________________

Directions: Located at 406 Federal Street in Dover. Visitors may reach the Visitor Center by taking the Court Street exit from Routes 13 and 113. At the second stop sign, go straight into the parking lot.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Open most holidays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; please call to confirm. Hours subject to change.

Fee: Admission is free. Donations are accepted.

Services: Museum shop. Restrooms and vending machines. Handicap accessible.

Special Events: Participation in Old Dover Days, first weekend in May.

Tours: Group tours require a reservation. For more information call (302)739-4266