The Delaware History Center and Museums
The Delaware History Center is located on Wilmington’s Riverfront and is owned and operated by the Delaware Historical Society. The History Center comprises of two museums, the Delaware History Museum and the Old Town Hall. The Center also boasts Willingtown Square.
Old Town Hall Museum
Old Town Hall was built in 1798-1800. It was the center of political and social activities for its first 100 years. The Federal-styled building can be toured on the inside by appointment only.
Willingtown Square Historic Homes
Four historic houses were relocated to this urban part. It is a perfect place for a picnic. The buildings date from 1748 to 1801. The can be viewed from the outside, but are not open to the public for inside tours of the structures. The houses are all built out of Flemish-bond brick.
Delaware History Museum
The Delaware History Museum is located in an early 20th century art-deco Woolworth store that has been completely renovated. The museum is operated by the Delaware Historical Society. The museum houses a wide variety of items that were once owned by Delawareans. Such items include a Revolutionary War flag and homemade 1960’s hippy furniture. Once such unique item is the world’s largest frying pan; it is 10 feet in diameter. It was built in 1950 for the Delmarva Chicken Festival to fry chicken. Only a small percentage of the items are permanently displayed.
The museum has three galleries that contain interactive exhibits that change periodically and one permanent historic display entitled “Distinctively Delaware.”
Distinctively Delaware Exhibit
The Distinctively Delaware Exhibit focuses on how Delaware was a major transportation route from the 1600’s to the present. It also showcases the people that made Delaware important along with the inventions and products that have made Delaware distinctive. The re-created scenes teach visitors about agriculture, the Underground Railroad, Dupont and many other topics and their importance in Delaware’s history.
In one of the three changing galleries, the current exhibition for summer 2010 is the History of the Railroad in Delaware. It is entitled “Almost as Fast as Birds Can Fly.” The artifacts show how railroads changed transportation of people and goods.
Kids Activities at the Delaware History Museum
This is an educational play area. Children can play dress up with vintage clothes, play in a historic kitchen and grocery store, or sit back and enjoy reading old magazines and books.
Educational Programs for School Groups
The Delaware History Museum also offers 14 different educational programs for school groups. The activities last an hour to an hour and half. Some activities involve storytelling and hands-on activities.
Delaware History Center Admission and Hours of Operation
The Delaware History Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., and the museum is open Saturday 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.
The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and on major holidays.
Seniors (65+) $5.00
Military Personnel $5.00
Youth (3-18) $4.00
(2 and younger) FREE
Group Tours $2.00 a person
The first Friday of every month is free.
The Delaware History Museum is located at:
504 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Group Reservations 302-295-2388