Southern Delaware Museums

Southern Delaware Museums
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Indian River Life-Saving Station
25039 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, USA
Learn the history of the U. S. Life-Saving Service, the precursor to today's U. S. Coast Guard, by visiting the original Indian River Life-Saving Station. Be swept back to a time where night-time beach patrols and perilous high seas rescues were the only way to save shipwreck victims along the coasts of the United States. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Rehoboth Beach Historical Society Museum
511 Rehoboth Ave.
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 bathing suits to original Civil War era maps and train schedules as well as temporary exhibits such as photography and needlework exhibits, etc.
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Zwaanendael Museum
102 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958, USA
Welcome to the Zwaanendael Museum, a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military, and social history. Modeled after the town hall in Hoorn, the Netherlands, the museum commemorates the founding of Delaware's first European settlement by the Dutch in 1631.
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Nanticoke Indian Museum
27073 John J. Williams Hwy
Millsboro, DE 19966
Our displays include but are not limited to thousands of arrowheads, pottery, axe hammers and other objects, all of which are homemade. Visitors are educated and receive insight of the work that goes into creating Native arts and leave with a new understanding of our culture.

Our building features two rooms. The first of which displays the tools spoken of previously, as well as an example of our village to show how our elders lived in the old days. It also features lots of artwork from our own tribal members as well as others.
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Seaford Museum
203 High St.
Seaford, DE 19973
(302) 628-9828
Collections and exhibits highlight local area history following a timeline from Native Americans to present day. Museum contains a library of historical materials, changing exhibit gallery, interactive displays and more.
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Marvel Carriage Museum
510 S. Bedford St
Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 855-9660
There are many historic buildings on the museum grounds such as the Ellis School, a one room school house built in 1833. There are two large barns on the grounds which house carriages from Mr. Nutter Marvel's collection. Among these carriages are the Queen's carriage, the Disney carriage, a peddlers wagon and an 1800's era horse drawn hearse carriage. There are many treasures to be seen here such as the beautiful collection of victrolas, ephemera, photographs, telephones, furniture and many more items related to Georgetown history.
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DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
708 Coastal Highway
Fenwick Island, DE
(302) 539-9366
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is an ever-changing exhibit that expands and diversifies with the acquisitions of new artifacts as they are recovered. Our collection of shipwreck and recovered artifacts is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic and contains shipwreck artifacts both regional and worldwide.
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Delaware Aviation Museum
Delaware Coastal Airport
21553 Rudder Lane
Georgetown , DE 19947
(302) 854-0244
The museum features many WWII aviation artifacts, memorabilia and displays. Also home of the Jeffrey L. Ethell Memorial Aviation Library of over 3,000 aviation related books. The largest aviation library in the east. Several aircraft are also on display surrounding the museum.
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The Milford Museum
121 S Walnut St
Milford, DE 19963, US
(302) 424-1080
Permanent exhibits include local historic events from the 1700s to the present, shipbuilding, and local businesses. Other exhibits include an historic doll collection, Victorian silverware, Delaware ladybugs, and early Milford baseball.
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Anna Hazzard Museum
17 Christian St
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, US
This museum boasts a Camp Meeting Era "Tent" structure, which houses a collection of artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to the early days of Rehoboth Beach as a religious retreat.
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Bridgeville Historical Society Museum
102 Williams St.
Bridgeville, DE 19933, US
(302) 337-7600
The Society’s collection includes a wealth of artifacts, documents, photographs, and books from local businesses, families, and community organizations.
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Cook House Museum, Laurel Historical Society
502 E 4th St
Laurel, DE 19956, US
(302) 644-5007
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 Laurel and the residents who call it home. Also ask to be directed to the Laurel Heritage Museum.
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Fort Miles Historic Site
Cape Henlopen Dr
Lewes, DE 19958, US
(302) 645-8983
Fort Miles, located in what is now Cape Henlopen State Park, was a key piece in the nation's coastal defense during WWII. Take a tour of the Fort, enjoy an interpretive program, dance to a swing band, and celebrate the "greatest generation" in our nation's history. On the National Register of Historic Places.
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Governor Ross Mansion & Plantation
23669 Ross Station Rd
Seaford, DE 19973, US
(302) 628-9500
Explore a complete Victorian Italianate mansion with slave quarters, barns, sheds and spacious grounds. Learn what life was like before the Civil War, why a popular Delaware governor was smuggled to England with a Federal warrant out for his arrest and how the “War of Northern Aggression” changed life forever.
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Lydia Black Cannon Museum/Milton Historical Society
210 Union St
Milton, DE 19968, US
(302) 684-1010
The museum’s exhibit includes original art, sailors’ decorative folk art, photographs, ship building tools, sailing implements, and ships’ logs. Self guided audio tour of the town of Milton is available at
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Lewes Historical Society Complex
110 Shipcarpenter St
Lewes, DE 19958, US
(302) 645-7670
Explore Lewes' historic district property by property! Lewes' Historic District is a local, state and federal designation and contains architectural examples from c. 1665 through 50 years ago. From colonial salt boxes to Victorian grandeur, Lewes' architectural heritage spans centuries of taste. - See more at:
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Cannonball House Museum
Front St
Lewes, DE 19958, US
(302) 645-7670
Cannonball House is the home of The Lewes Historical Society's maritime museum. Nationally important pieces of maritime art and memorabilia are displayed in the house, including the Fresnel Lens of Fourteen Foot Bank Light. There is a cannonball from the War of 1812 bombardment by the British still embedded in its foundation.
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Lightship Overfalls
219 Pilottown Rd
Lewes, DE 19958, US
(302) 644-8050
The Overfalls is one of only 17 remaining lightships out of a total of 179 built from 1820 to 1952. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, it is one of seven lightships in this country still open to the public.
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Bethany Beach Museum
DE-1 and Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE 19930, US
(302) 539-8011
Located in the foyer of the Town Hall, the exhibits contain memorabilia and photographs from the Bethany Beach area. Admission is free of charge.
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Bethel Heritage Museum
North Main St.
Bethel , DE 19931, US
Explore the history of this quaint shipbuilding village.
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Days Gone By Museum
4841 Woodland Ferry Rd
Seaford, DE 19973, US
Woodland Ferry history, restored antique tractors, carpenter's tools and other artifacts. Tours by appointment only.
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Delmar Railroad Museum
101 N Bi State Blvd
Delmar, DE 19940, US
Delmar, known for its railroading history, is home to a unique highball signal listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby, a 1929 caboose serves as museum for railroad artifacts. The highball signal and caboose are located in a small park on Route 54 at the railroad tracks. The caboose has no regular hours, so call ahead. Admission is free. A railroad history display is also available at the Delmar Public Library, 101 N. Bi.State Blvd. and the Delmarva Model Railroad Club posts holiday open house events for model train enthusiasts. See article: Photo Credit: John Cowgill
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Treasures of the Sea Museum, Delaware Technical Community College
College Drive
Georgetown, DE 19947, US
(302) 259-6150
Betze Library building. The exhibit is a beautiful collection of spanish treasures from a 17th century ship, the Nuestra Seniora de Atocha. The library is also home to the Elsie Williams Doll Collection. Currently the collection of over 600 dolls is housed in more than one dozen glass cases and is continuing to grow.
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Fenwick Island Lighthouse
Lighthouse Ave
Fenwick Island , DE, US
The lighthouse is owned by the state of Delaware and maintained by the private, non-profit New Friends of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. The "isolated" lighthouse now stands surrounded by a neighborhood of houses and businesses. Visitors can enter the base to view a small museum and gift shop. Hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday through Monday in July and August, and Saturday through Sunday in May, June, and September.
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Seaford Fire Museum
High St
Seaford, DE 19973, US
(302) 629-9173
Displays fire memorabilia related to the history of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
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Laurel Heritage Muxeum
201 Mechanic St
Laurel, DE 19956, US
Showcases an extensive collection
of historical documents and objects displayed in our restored Train Station. The key element of the Museum is the one-of-a kind Waller Photograph Collection,recognized as the premier period historical collection by both the State of
Delaware Archives and the University of Delaware.