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Zwaanendael Museum

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Address: 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958
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+1 302-645-1148
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Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

This museum duplicates the architecture of a medieval Dutch town.

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History of the Dutch in Delaware at this Museum

I went to this museum with some friends on Saturday - and really had a good time. This is a small museum on two floors, filled with the history of the Dutch arriving in Lewes in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
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Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum provides a great history of the area, the war of 1812 and the humble beginnings of Lewes. It is in easy walking distance to the popular 2nd Street restaurant and shopping area, the bridge over the canal to Rehoboth Bay is always delightfully covered in beautiful flowers from May-October.

Thank Mare C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The displays are well done, interactive, and compelling. Staff and docents are knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend stopping here!

Thank cara871
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I went to this museum with some friends on Saturday - and really had a good time. This is a small museum on two floors, filled with the history of the Dutch arriving in Lewes in the 1600's and settling in, and it's a very interesting history. The second floor goes into details of excavating a sunken ship nearby -... More 

1 Thank HistoryLover2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

From the minute you enter this free museum, someone will greet you and explain what is on display. Clean and well taken care of you get a great insight to the settlment of Lewes and Delaware. 45 minutes to an hour to see all the exhibits. Don't miss it.

1 Thank William H
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Explore the in depth shipping history of Lewes, DE and the surrounding area. The building itself has a very unique design and the outside gardens have a varied array of local herbs and spices growing seasonally. You are just a quick walk to the beach and shopping as well as many quaint little restaurants and bars.

Thank vavet1963
Vero Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This museum, built to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first Dutch settlers, is a historic gem. Two floors of exhibits displaying maritime and history will entertain you while the Wine and Spirits of Delaware exhibit and collection will impress. I like that they have plenty of hands on things as well. Pretty part of town and friendly staff.

Thank whereverimayroamblog
Owings Mills, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Local history easy on your eyes set in an interesting building. Admission is free and you have two small rooms placed on the first and second floors with artifacts and some hands on items. I would say that you could cover the museum style in a half and hr to at most 1 hr. There are people around to answer... More 

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Westminster, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The lady and gentlemen working there were very knowledgable and friendly. A must to see if your interested in the history of the area. I noticed that there were pictures of the building without the red and white shutters which I found a much nicer effect. Either way worth checking out.

Thank Alison M
Hillsdale, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

This is a little museum in an archtecturally interesting building. Interesting items salvaged by a sunken ship. It isn't worth a special trip, but if you find yourself in Lewes, stop in. It's free.

Thank Leftigur
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This is a small local museum with an interesting assortment of displays and artifacts. The admission is free and it's a great place to get out of the heat and explore some local history. The facility is staffed by knowledgeable people who are very friendly and welcoming. There are two floors to the museum (seriously it's the size of a... More 

1 Thank Emily M

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