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.

Phase II Reopening FAQ

Tours of the Zwaanendael Museum are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Forty-five 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

Yes, reservations can be made through Facebook and by email. To do so message the Zwaanendael Museum on Facebook or send an inquiry to

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 anyone in the building who 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.

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

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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Hours of Operation – Phase II Reopening

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – Tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
All days and times by advance reservations only
Call 302-645-1148 for a reservation
Closed on state holidays with the exception of July 4th and Labor Day. Hours subject to change.


102 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958

Contact Information

Phone: (302) 645-1148

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