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Zwaanendael Museum

Phase II Reopening FAQ
Self-guided tours of the Zwaanendael Museum are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

30 minutes. Please arrive on time because the end of the tour cannot be extended due to the time needed to clean the museum between tours.

Yes, reservations are required. They are free, and available by calling the Zwaanendael Museum at 302-645-1148.

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

Yes, all visitors and staff must properly wear a cloth face covering at all times while at the museum. Everyone must keep a proper distance of at least six feet from everyone in the building that is not a part of their household. Please follow the instructions of museum staff members, especially when entering and exiting the building. Please do not touch anything in the museum unless it is absolutely necessary.

Once you arrive, please wait in the designated visitor area outside 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 Zwaanendael Museum. Please use the facilities prior to your arrival.

The tours will be self-guided in accordance with reopening plans issued by Gov. John Carney.

In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, the tour is limited to the first floor of the museum.

The maximum number of people that can be on a tour is four. All of the people on the tour must be from the same household. Friends or family from other households must make a separate reservation for a different tour time.

We are considering one household to consist of people who have been living together during the lockdown. You do not have to be related to be considered part of the same household. Family members who live in separate locations do not count as one household.

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The museum commemorates Delaware’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. This museum serves as a showcase for the Lewes area’s maritime, military and social history.

102 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958
Contact Information
Phone: (302) 645-1148
Email: Bridget Warner, Site Supervisor
Hours of Operation - Phase II Reopening
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – Self-guided tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday – Self-guided tours at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
All days and times by advance registration only
Call 302-645-1148 for a reservation
Closed on state holidays with the exception of Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Hours subject to change.
The museum is open to the public and admission is free. Donations are accepted.
Street parking is available in downtown Lewes within walking distance of the museum.
Disabled Access
The first floor of the museum is accessible to people with disabilities.
Museum Tours

Tours of the museum are available throughout the day. However, tours for large groups require prior reservations. Please contact the museum at (302) 645-1148 to schedule a group tour. For more information on group tours and museum activies go to our Group Tours and our Museum Activities pages.

Museum History
More information about the history of Zwaanendael

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