Posted: Nov. 27, 2018
Revised: Nov. 5, 2020

Note: In keeping with Gov. Carney’s guidance for reopening the state in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the New Castle Court House Museum is open for tours via reservation only. Go to the following for additional information.

The New Castle Court House Museum, located at 211 Delaware St. in New Castle, Del., is currently featuring a display of sculpture by the noted Delaware artist Charles Parks. The display features depictions of noted historical and political figures including a Minute Man, and presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. The works compliment the familiar statue of William Penn, also created by Parks, which stands in front of the Arsenal building on Market Street in New Castle. The display opened in November 2014 and will be on-view for an undetermined period of time.

In keeping with Gov. Carney’s guidance for reopening the state in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the museum is open for 45-minute tours by advance registration only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 302-323-4453 for reservations and additional information.

Bust of Richard Nixon by Charles Parks. The work is currently on-display at the New Castle Court House Museum.
Bust of Richard Nixon by Charles Parks. The work is currently on-display at the New Castle Court House Museum.

About Charles Parks …
Over the course of a prolific 50-plus-year career, Charles Parks created more than 500 sculptures for individuals, public parks and plazas throughout Delaware and across the United States. His numerous honors and awards include a Gold Medal for Exemplary Contributions to the Arts from the state of Delaware (1973), the Watrous Gold Medal from the National Academy of Design, the Meiselman Prize for Classical Sculpture from the National Sculpture Society, the Gold Medal from the National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition and the Tiffany Foundation Award for Creative Sculpture. In 2011, Parks and his wife donated more than 300 of the sculptor’s works to the State of Delaware including bronzes, plasters, woodworks and over 250 fiberglass works ranging in size from eight inches to nine feet from various periods in Parks’ career.

Constructed in 1732, the New Castle Court House is one of the oldest active court buildings in the United States and was Delaware’s first state capitol. Here, the Colonial Assembly passed the 1776 Separation Resolution creating the Delaware State. During its nearly 300 years of history, this National Historic Landmark has played pivotal roles in the political, social and commercial life of both New Castle and Delaware. The museum is administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and is a partner site in the First State National Historical Park.

New Castle Court House Museum
New Castle Court House Museum

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Go to the following for a full listing of exhibits and displays at the museums of the State of Delaware.

Go to the following for a long-term calendar of events sponsored by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.