Posted: Nov. 27, 2018
Revised: Nov. 6, 2020

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

The Old State House, located at 25 The Green in Dover, Del., is currently featuring “The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016,” a display that explores preservation work that has been conducted since Delaware’s first permanent capitol building in Dover was restored to its original appearance in 1976. The display opened on May 4, 2016 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 302-744-5054 for reservations and additional information.

Circa 1840s desk and chair from the display “The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016”
Circa 1840s desk and chair from the display “The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016”

Completed in 1791, The Old State House is one of the earliest state-capitol buildings in the United States, serving as the home of Delaware’s legislature until 1933 when the General Assembly moved to larger quarters in Legislative Hall. The venerable structure now appears as it would have in the late 1700s during the United States’ critical early years as a nation. It features a courtroom, governor’s and county offices and chambers for the state’s Senate and House of Representatives. The building is situated on Dover’s historic Green, a public area designated by William Penn in 1683. The Green is a partner site of the First State National Historical Park.

The Old State House is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware.

The Old State House
The Old State House

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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.