The First State Heritage Park at Dover is Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777.

It is a partnership of Delaware’s Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs, Delaware Public Archives and other state and city agencies under the leadership of Delaware State Parks.

The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries serves as an information resource for visitors in Delaware’s state capital and, a hub for the First State Heritage Park.


121 M.L.K. Jr Blvd
Dover, DE 19901.

Contact Information

Phone: (302) 744-5055
Group Tour Reservations: (302) 739-9194

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday / 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday / 9 p.m.- 4:30 p.m

Open certain holidays in conjunction with the First State Heritage Park; please call to confirm.

Please be advised that hours of operation are for Welcome Center operations only. The Delaware Public Archives maintains a separate schedule, which can be viewed at their website.

Groups that are interested in attending a non-scheduled tour must make reservations in advance by calling 302-739-9194.


Free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.


Ample, free parking is available. Accommodations for buses also available.

Disabled Access

The Welcome Center is fully accessible to people with disabilities.