Photo of interpreters reading the Declaration of Independence

Delaware’s 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 Gov. Carney’s COVID-19 guidance, four museums administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs — the John Dickinson Plantation, Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State House and Zwaanendael Museum — are accepting reservations for tours. The New Castle Court House Museum is temporarily closed until Spring 2022 due to the installation of a fire suppression system.

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. Masks are required when inside state buildings for all people over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status. Admission is free.

Tour times are as follows:

  • John Dickinson Plantation: Outdoor visitation of the grounds is available Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no reservations required. The visitor center is open Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. by advance reservations only. The mansion is open for guided tours from Thursdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. by advance reservations only.
  • Johnson Victrola Museum: Self-guided tours from Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Advance reservations required.
  • The Old State House: Guided tours from Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Advance reservations required.
  • Zwaanendael Museum: Self-guided tours from Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Advance reservations required.

Reservations 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 face mask at all times while inside any museum buildings
  • Refrain from touching anything in the museum unless absolutely necessary
  • Follow the instructions of museum staff, especially upon entering and exiting 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.

Dover

John Dickinson Plantation302-739-3277
Johnson Victrola Museum302-739-3262
Old State House302-744-5054

Lewes

Zwaanendael Museum302-645-1148