The Old State House
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.
The Old State House was the first permanent capitol building in Dover, Delaware. Begun in 1787 and completed by May 1791, this Georgian-style structure was originally home to both state and Kent County governments.
The first floor of the Old State House features an 18th century-style courtroom while the second floor features the former chambers of the state legislature. The House chamber contains notable portraits by Thomas Sully of Commodores Jacob Jones and Thomas Macdonough, heroes from the First State who served in the War of 1812. The Senate chamber houses an imposing portrait of George Washington painted by Denis A. Volozan.
Exhibits and Displays
The museum is open to the public and admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
Hours of Operation
Sunday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Saturday: 10AM – 4PM
Call 302-744-5054 for more information.
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.