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The Old State House

Phase II Reopening FAQ
Self-guided tours of The Old State House are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

30 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.

Yes, reservations are required. They are free, and available by calling the Old State House at 302-744-5054.

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

Yes, all visitors and staff must properly wear a cloth face covering at all times while at the museum. Everyone must keep a proper distance of at least six feet from everyone in the building that is not a part of their household. Please follow the instructions of museum staff members, especially when entering and exiting the building. Please do not touch anything in the museum unless it is absolutely necessary.

Once you arrive, please wait in the designated visitor area outside 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.

The tours will be self-guided in accordance with reopening plans issued by Gov. John Carney.

In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, the tour will stay in the court room on the first floor.

The maximum number of people that can be on a tour is six. One to three households can be on the tour at the same time as long as the total number of people on the tour does not exceed six.

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.

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Image: Old State House Senate Chamber

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.

25 The Green
Dover, DE 19901
Contact Information
Phone: (302) 744-5054
Email: Nena Todd, Site Supervisor
Group tour reservations: (302) 739-9194
Hours of Operation - Phase II Reopening
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – Self-guided tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday – Self-guided tours at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
All days and times by advance registration only
Call 302-744-5054 for a reservation
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
Disabled Access
The first floor of the State House is accessible to people with disabilities.
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.
Museum History
More information about the history of the The Old State House

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