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1612 North DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 428-1000
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Arts & Museums
Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame is dedicated to all those personalities that have done exceptional work in the field of sports within the State of Delaware. Apart from sports-persons, coaches, journalists as well as administrative officials are included.
Old Library Museum, built in 1892, is a beautiful hexagon-shaped structure possessing some of Newcastle's most interesting artifacts; most of which are derived from the New Castle Library Company.
The Dutch House possesses a huge collection of historical items used by the Dutch who lived in Delaware. Artifacts from the 17th century associated with Dutch lifestyle is worth the time taken to visit this house. Call ahead for details.
Old New Castle Court House is one of the few lasting courthouses of the 1600s. Built in 1775, the building now functions as a museum for local history and culture. Facts suggest that this courthouse was Delaware's first capital building.Call ahead for details.
Delaware History Museum with its three galleries ensures that visitors get to see new and unique exhibits every time they are here. Collectibles, paintings, art pieces and many other objects are on display.
Travel back in time to the 19th Century as you visit the Wilmigton & Western Railroad. This museum takes you back to the era of roaring steam engines. This is an ideal fun day out place for families as you take a tour in the old fashioned train.
The Delaware Art Museum is a grandiose exhibition space that features an impressive collection of paintings and illustrations belonging to the Pre-Raphaelite period and the artistic trend of 19th and 20th Century America. Here, you get to see artworks by masterminds like Dante Rossetti, Simeon Solomon, Thomas Dewing, Raphaelle Peale, among several others. Besides featuring an awe-inspiring collection, the museum also hosts various art related activities like exhibitions and workshops. Apart from that, the various halls located within the premises of the Delaware Art Museum are rented out for corporate functions, meetings, private gatherings, cocktail parties and several other events. Check website for details.
Located within the premises of the Rockwood Park, the Rockwood Museum is a treasure cove of artifacts and exhibits that transpose you to the Victorian era. The museum aims to reveal the lifestyle of the Bringhurst family until they resided at this grandiose estate. The Rockwood Museum also hosts special exhibitions which show the mourning clothes, customs and traditions of the Victorian times. If you love to explore bygone times, then a visit to the Rockwood Museum would be an enriching experience.
The Hagley Museum and Library is a grandiose treasure cove spread across an area of 235 acres. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and machinery of the DuPont mills and tries to show the impact of industrialization on the progress and growth of America. The library, on the other hand, houses a collection of books, photographs, archives and other manuscripts that recite the tale of economic and technological growth of the country. Apart from enriching the knowledge of its visitors, the Hagley Museum and Library also serves as an event space where local events and conferences are a regular feature. Call ahead or check the website to know more.
The Delaware Museum Of Natural History is the only museum of its kind in the state, and was opened for the first time in 1972. Hosting over 700,000 visitors each year, the stupendous collections are from all the continents. Whether it's a jaguar that interests you or mollusks, birds eggs, dinosaur remains, paleontology, coral reefs or shells, you're sure to come across it here. Outreach programs encourage adults and kids to participate and enjoy the nature trails, walking tours and workshops. Check website for more information on their permanent and temporary exhibits.
The Winterthur Museum is an old house that used to be inhabited by Henry Francis du Pont. Located on the Country Estate, there are over 150 rooms in the house that are beautifully maintained. The house is decorated with artifacts that he collected over the years as well as items added after he died. Tastefully laid out, the house has 85,000 pieces of priceless artifacts that include paintings, furniture, artwork and lots more in the galleries at the house. It is also home to the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens. You can also take a self-guided tour around the vast estate. Call ahead for more details.
Pencader Heritage Museum is a history museum which displays the life of people of Pencader centuries ago. This museum talks about the World Wars I and II, and showcases artifacts and photographs from that period. It also has a designated area named ‘Please Touch’ where you are allowed to touch the displayed materials. This is a must visit place for the history and culture enthusiasts.