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Built in 1791, the Old State House served as Delaware’s capitol during the United States’ critical early years as a nation. With additions and modifications, the building continued to serve as the state capitol until 1933.

Museum History

More information about the history of the The Old State House


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


Free, but limited, street parking is available in front of, and around, the State House


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

Phase II Reopening FAQ

Tours of The Old State House 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 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Tour lengths can vary but will last no more than forty-five minutes.

No. Reservations are not required, but if you would like to reserve a tour time please call the Old State House at 302-744-5054

No, reservations are only available over the phone at this time.

Yes, facemasks are strongly recommended for all visitors and required for those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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

Restrooms are not available at the Old State House. Please use the facilities prior to your arrival.

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

The maximum number of people who can be on a tour is fifteen, but people from different households are asked to maintain social distance

We are considering one household to consist of people who have been living together during the lockdown. You do not have to be related to be considered part of the same household. Family members who live in separate locations do not count as one household.

Hours of Operation

Wednesday to Saturday, tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, tours at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

No reservations are required
Call 302-744-5054 for more information

Touring the Old State House

Tours take place throughout normal operating hours. However, large groups that are interested in attending a tour must make reservations in advance by calling the First State Heritage Park Reservation Line at (302) 739-9194. List of available Group Tours.


25 The Green
Dover, DE 19901

Contact Information

Phone: (302) 744-5054
Group tour reservations: (302) 739-9194

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