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Image: New Castle County Courthouse Museum

Built in 1732, the New Castle Court House 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.

Museum History

More information about the history of the New Castle Court House

Admission

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

Parking

Street parking is available in downtown New Castle within walking distance of the museum.

Accessibility

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Tours of the New Castle Court House Museum are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Tours are guided by a historic-site interpreter with options for self-guiding in some areas of the building

Forty-five minutes. Please arrive on time because the end of the tour cannot be extended due to the time needed to clean the museum between tours.

No reservations are required except for groups over 10 guests. They are free, and available by calling the New Castle Court House Museum at 302-323-4453.

No, reservations for groups of 10 or more are only available over the phone at this time.

Once you arrive, please wait at the main double doors of the museum. A museum staff member will be outside to greet you five minutes before your scheduled tour time.

The maximum number of people that can be on a tour is 15.

Restrooms are not currently available at the New Castle Court House. Please use the facilities prior to your arrival.

National Parks Passport stamps are available at the New Castle Court House Museum. If you just want the stamp and not a tour please head to the office door to the right of the main double door and knock.

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Hours of Operation

Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with tours at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Tours meet at the front entrance to the museum.

Large-Group Tours

Tours for large groups require prior reservations. Please contact the museum at (302) 323-4453 to schedule a group tour. For more information on group tours and exhibits, go to our Group Tours and Exhibits and Displays pages.

Address

211 Delaware St.
New Castle, DE 19720

Contact Information

Phone: (302) 323-4453
Email: NCCHmuseum@delaware.gov