Things To Do Museums

Are you fascinated by Native American history? Is Americana your thing? Military history? Shipbuilding? Railroads? Maritime history? Shipwrecks? Aviation? Dolls? You’ll find all of that and lots more waiting for you in our fabulous museums! Sussex County has an exciting and varied history dating from well before European colonization that has been carefully preserved throughout the county in numerous local museums. To aid in your discovery of Southern Delaware’s museums, we've created three itineraries (East, Central, and West) to help you navigate them in a way that makes geographic sense; however, feel free to throw caution and your map to the wind and create an itinerary that allows you to explore our rich history based on your specific interests. You could easily spend a two or three-day getaway exploring any one of these itineraries - or you could mix things up and combine a Museum Itinerary with one of our Antiquing Itineraries that follows the same geographic path. Round out your getaway with some great culinary experiences and a comfy place to rest between treks. Visit our Culinary Coast page to learn about all of the amazing dining options on our Culinary Coast and take a peek at our accommodations page! While many museums are open year round and most are free or low cost, hours vary by season at many locations. We suggest you call locations ahead to confirm hours of operation and fees.

Fenwick Island Lighthouse

103 146th St Ocean City MD 21842
the fenwick island lighthouse was constructed in 1858.  the light originally burned whale oil, but has since been switched to be powered by electricit... read more
take a trip back in time with the help of a soft breeze off the inlet and pristine white sand, against the backdrop of a picturesque, historic life-sa... read more

Nanticoke Indian Museum

27073 John J Williams Highway Millsboro DE 19966
days/hours of operation: january 1 thru march 31: thursday thru saturday - 10:00am to 3:00pm, sunday - 12:00pm to 3:00pm. april 1 thru december 31: tu... read more

Lydia Black Cannon Museum

210 Union Street Milton DE 19968
the museum’s exhibit includes original art, sailors’ decorative folk art, photographs, ship building tools, sailing implements, and ships&... read more

Ross Mansion

23669 Ross Station Road Seaford DE 19973
explore a complete victorian italianate mansion with slave quarters, barns, sheds and spacious grounds. learn what life was like before the civil war,... read more

Zwaanendael Museum

102 Kings Highway Lewes DE 19958
days/hours of operation:  april 1 - oct 31 - tuesday through saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm and sunday from 1:30p to 4:30 pm.  nov 1 - march 31,... read more

Cook House Museum

817 Main Street Laurel MD 20707
the cook house contains the offices of the laurel historical society, as well as a large number of photos and artifacts that help to tell the story of... read more

Milford Museum

121 South Walnut Street Milford DE 19963
days/hours of operation:  tuesday through saturday 10:00 to 3:30, sunday 1:00 to 3:30, closed mondays and major holidays. focus: exhibits focu... read more

Seaford Fire Museum

High St. Seaford DE 19973
displays fire memorabilia related to the history of the seaford volunteer fire department inc.

Bethel Heritage Museum

North Main St. Bethel DE 19931
explore the history of this quaint shipbuilding village.

Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation

21781 Aviation Ave Georgetown DE 19947
days/hours of operation: always best to phone ahead to be sure someone will be there and that the aircraft are in town.  due to minimum number of... read more

Fort Miles Museum and Historic Area

15099 Cape Henlopen Drive Lewes DE 19958
cape henlopen state park - lying amidst rolling sand dunes, on a high bank overlooking the atlantic ocean, is the fort miles historical area, home of... read more

Anna Hazzard Museum

17 Christian Street Rehoboth Beach DE 19971
this museum boasts a camp meeting era "tent" structure, which houses a collection of artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to the early days... read more

Bridgeville Historical Society

102 Williams Street Bridgeville DE 19933
bridgeville: the society’s collection includes a wealth of artifacts, documents, photographs, and books from local businesses, families, and com... read more

Railroad Museum

12 North Pennsylvania Avenue Delmar DE 19940
delmar, known for its railroading history, is home to a unique highball signal listed on the national register of historic places. nearby, a 1929 cabo... read more

Marvel Carriage Museum

510 South Bedford Street Georgetown DE 19947
days/hours of operation: open year round (weather permitting) by appointment only. call number above to schedule your visit. tours: guided tours av... read more

Laurel Heritage Museum

201 Mechanic St Laurel DE 19956
laurel: showcasing an extensive collection of historical documents and objects displayed in our restored train station. the key element of the museum... read more

Treasures of Sea Exhibit

21179 College Drive Georgetown DE 19947
days/hours of operation: regular hours are monday, tuesday, and friday 10 am to 4 pm, and saturdays 9 am to 1 pm. group tours can be booked for groups... read more

Rehoboth Beach Museum

511 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach DE 19971
the society preserves and displays showcase artifacts that illustrate the development of the community. the exhibits range from vintage postcards and... read more

Prince George's Chapel

Prince George's Chapel Dagsboro DE 19939
historic chapel with tours available by appointment. built in 1755, prince george’s chapel has its beginnings as an anglican chapel-o... read more

Bethany Beach Dinker-Irvin Museum

318 Garfield Parkway Bethany Beach DE 19930
the museum offers an immersive experience of an historically significant early 1900’s home and a glimpse of what life was like during the early... read more

Cannonball House

118 Front Street Lewes DE 19958
lewes: cannonball house is the home of the lewes historical society's maritime museum. nationally important pieces of maritime art and memorabilia... read more

Lewes History Museum

101 Adams Avenue Lewes DE 19958
the lewes historical society recently celebrated the opening of its new museum space featuring their collection of tens of thousands of historic artif... read more

Seaford Museum

203 High Street Seaford DE 19973
days/hours of operation:  the seaford museum's hours are: every friday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 1st & 2nd saturdays and sundays ... read more

Lightship Overfalls

219 Pilottown Road Lewes DE 19958
days/hours of operation: memorial day weekend through labor day weekend, sunday, monday, thursday, friday and saturday. after labor day weekend until... read more

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