Museums Owned and Operated by Historical & Cultural Affairs

New Castle Court House Museum

Built in 1732, this building served as Delaware’s first court and state capitol. Here in 1776, New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties declared their independence from Pennsylvania and England creating the Delaware State.



John Dickinson Plantation

Home of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States and “Penman of the Revolution.”



Delaware Visitor Center & Galleries

Featuring changing exhibits on various aspects of Delaware history and culture, the visitor center also serves as a source of information on local and statewide attractions, events, and activities.



The Old State House

Now open after three years of restoration

Built in 1791, the Old State House served as Delaware’s capitol during the United States’ critical early years as a nation. With additions and modifications, the building continued to serve as the state capitol until 1933.



Johnson Victrola Museum

The museum highlights the life and achievements of Delaware’s native son, Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company and a pioneer in the development of the sound-recording industry.



Delaware Archaeology Museum

Encompassing more than 11,000 years of Delaware archaeological history, the museum exhibits artifacts from the last ice age in North America to the 20th century.



Museum of Small Town Life

Housed in the former Presbyterian Church of Dover Sunday School, the museum highlights small-town life in Delaware in the late 19th century.



Zwaanendael Museum

The museum commemorates Delaware’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. It serves as a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military, and social history.