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Phase II museum reopening information

Interpreters Announcing reopening of Museum Sites

Delaware’s five State museums are now open with self-guided 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 reopening 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 now accepting reservations for self-guided tours. Admission is free and open to the public.

Tours will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sundays with the exception of the Johnson Victrola Museum which is closed on Sundays and the John Dickinson Plantation which is open on Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for outdoor visitation only. Each tour experience will be 30 minutes long to allow for proper cleaning between tour groups according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reservations are required and are only available by calling the museum that you wish to visit. 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. Due to space constraints, some museum areas will remain closed for the time being. This includes the second floor of all museums.
  • 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 not available at all sites. 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 30 minutes after the scheduled start time to allow 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.



Johnson Victrola Museum
(reservations are taken through the Old State House)