Zwaanendael Museum

Zwaanendael Museum

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


102 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958.

Contact Information

Phone: (302) 645-1148
Email: Bridget Warner, Site Supervisor

Hours of Operation

April 1 - October 31

  • Tuesday-Saturday / 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday / 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m

Off Season Hours of Operation

November 1 - March 31

  • Wednesday-Saturday / 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday / Closed

Closed on state holidays with the exception of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
Hours subject to change.


The museum is open to the public and admission is free. Donations are accepted


Street parking is available in downtown Lewes within walking distance of the musem.

Disabled Access

The first floor of the museum is accessible to people with disabilities.

Museum Tours

Tours of the museum are available throughout the day. However, tours for large groups require prior reservations. Please contact the museum at (302) 645-1148 to schedule a group tour. For more information on group tours, go to our Museum Activities page.