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Division’s museums open with tours by appointment



Interpreters Announcing reopening of Museum Sites

Delaware’s five State museums are open with tours that allow visitors to experience the history of the First State while continuing to take all recommended steps to safeguard public health.

In keeping with the Phase II guidance issued by Gov. John Carney in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the five museums administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs — the John Dickinson Plantation, Johnson Victrola Museum, New Castle Court House Museum, Old State House and Zwaanendael Museum — are accepting reservations for tours.

Tours are 45 minutes in length in order to allow for proper cleaning between tour groups according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Admission is free and open to the public.

Tour times are as follows:

  • John Dickinson Plantation: Thursdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. In addition, the museum grounds are open for outdoor visitation only on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (reservations not required on Wednesdays)
  • Johnson Victrola Museum: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • New Castle Court House Museum: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sundays at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • The Old State House: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sundays at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Zwaanendael Museum: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Reservations are required for all tours and are available only by calling the museum that you wish to visit (see list below). The health and safety of the division’s visitors and staff is our highest priority. With that in mind, we ask that all visitors follow the following rules and guidelines:

  • Maintain a proper social distance of at least six feet between all visitors and staff. Visitors from the same household may remain closer than six feet to each other
  • Wear a cloth face covering at all times while at the museum
  • Refrain from touching anything in the museum unless absolutely necessary
  • Follow the instructions of museum staff, especially upon entering and exiting the museum
  • The maximum number of visitors allowed on any individual tour is six (four at the Zwaanendael Museum). One to three households may make up this number depending on the size of the site
  • Please wait in the designated area outside the museum prior to your tour. A staff member will be outside to greet you five minutes before your scheduled tour time
  • Restrooms are unavailable. Due to this, and the length of the tour, please plan to use facilities prior to your arrival at the museum
  • If you arrive late for your tour, it must still end 45 minutes after the scheduled start time to allow for proper cleaning of the building prior to the next tour

For more information about each museum please click on the links below. If you are ready to make a reservation, please call the museum of your choice.

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