- Camping and Cottages
- Sports and Leisure Activities
- Nature/History Programs
- School Group Programs
- Summer Camps
- Summer Concerts
- Indian River Marina
- Museums, Attractions, Brandywine Zoo
- Weddings, Meetings
- General Information
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- Volunteering, Friends'
- Passes and Fees
Please Choose a Park:
First State Heritage Park
Sites are open on some holidays. Call (302) 739-9194 for holiday schedules.
First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
The Welcome Center offers plentiful free parking, information about First State Heritage Park programs and events, a gallery of changing exhibits on Delaware history and a rotating display of Delaware's founding documents.
Visit the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries
Monday through Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Biggs Museum of American Art
This independent, non-profit museum boasts an outstanding collection of 18th- through 21st-century Delaware and American art.
Tuesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Visit the Biggs Museum (external link).[top]
Delaware Public Archives
The archives is one of the oldest public archives in the country and contains materials from the 17th century to today.
Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Center
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Second Saturday each month: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Note: The center will be closed on First Saturdays until further notice.
Visit the Delaware Public Archives (external link).[top]
John Bell House
The oldest wooden structure on The Green serves as the interpretive center for the First State Heritage Park, where visitors can learn about the history of Dover and take thematic walking tours around Dover’s historic Green.
Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Walking tours leave hourly from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Johnson Victrola Museum
A premier collection of its kind, displaying sound recording industry items dating from the 1890's through 1929. The museum honors Eldridge Reeves Johnson of Dover who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901.
First Saturday of each month:
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and by appointment for groups
Visit the Johnson Victrola Museum (external link).[top]
A Georgian-style structure that has been home to Delaware's General Assembly since 1933.
Free guided tours (no reservation necessary):
June through September, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
October through May, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
and 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
Group tours require advance scheduling, Please call (302) 739-9194.
Visit the Legislative Hall (external link).[top]
Old State House
Delaware's first permanent capitol building completed in 1791 on Dover's historic Green. The State House was the home of Delaware's General Assembly until 1933.
Monday through Saturday:
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Visit the State House Museum (external link).[top]
Woodburn and Hall House
Woodburn, the home of Delaware's governors since 1965, was built around 1798. Next door is the Victorian-era Hall House, which serves as the Governor's guest house.
Tours 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
Tours at other times available by appointment. Call (302) 739-5656.
Visit Woodburn (external link).[top]