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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.

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

Yes, reservations are required. Please call 302-744-5054 to schedule a tour.

Yes, as per Gov. Carney’s Aug. 16, 2021 order, all staff and visitors to state facilities over two years of age must wear masks indoors. This applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. This is consistent with CDC guidance for keeping everyone safe.

Tours of The Old State House are available by reservation on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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

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

As of Aug. 16, 2021, masks are required inside all state buildings for all people over two years of age.

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

Hours of Operation

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

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