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Zwwanendael Museum

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

Museum History

More information about the history of Zwaanendael


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.


The first floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, as per Gov. Carney’s Aug. 16, 2021 order, all staff and visitors to state facilities over two years of age must wear masks indoors. This applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. This is consistent with CDC guidance for keeping everyone safe.

No, reservations are not required in order to visit the museum.

Cloth face coverings are required for all individuals aged two and up.

Restrooms are not available at the Zwaanendael Museum. Please use the facilities prior to your arrival.

Tours are self-guided, but museum staff will be on-hand to answer any questions and provide additional information.

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Hours of Operation

Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Hours subject to change.


102 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958

Contact Information

Phone: (302) 645-1148