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Zwaanendael Museum

102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-1418
+1 302-645-1148
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Worth a stop on the way home

Saw this funky building a sign outside the museum while driving by and pulled into a parking... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Morristown, New Jersey
Great History, Friedly staff, Free Museum.

The Zwaanendael is a Delaware Historical Society (State) museum. It was built in 1932 to commerce... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
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This museum duplicates the architecture of a medieval Dutch town.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“town hall” (8 reviews)
“worth a visit” (10 reviews)
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102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-1418
+1 302-645-1148
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Saw this funky building a sign outside the museum while driving by and pulled into a parking space-nothing fancy here but as everyone notes, free place with an interesting new exhibit on a British shipwreck with some artifacts. As others have noted, the staff/docents were...More

Thank FranMan55
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Zwaanendael is a Delaware Historical Society (State) museum. It was built in 1932 to commerce the first Dutch Settlement in Lewes. It is fashioned after the town hall in Horne Holland. Learn about the DeBraak a British Military vessel that sunk in Delaware Bay...More

Thank genem818
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We were driving through Lewes on our way back to Rehoboth Beach when we did a double-take seeing this museum. Its a 20th century copy of an ancient Dutch town hall and houses a small exhibit on a British ship that sank in Delaware Bay....More

Thank Wanderlust777
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Interesting on a very rainy day, friendly and knowledgeable staff. There was a lecture going on when we arrived and the lecturer was enthusiastic and answered a good number of questions from the audience. Very glad we stopped in.

Thank Earth422
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

The building explains some of the Dutch roots to the area. It doesn't take a long time to view it all, 30 minutes if you like history. Less if only moderately interested. Also a nice gift shop across the street that I don't see listed...More

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Every time I saw the Zwaanendael Museum photo or read about it, I was dying to go. It is in the town of Lewes and you can park, walk around, and go to the museum. It celebrates the Swedes who were the first settlers in...More

Thank Cathytraveling
Reviewed 1 September 2017

The building alone is worth the visit. It reflects the Dutch roots of the founders of Lewes. The lower floor had an exhibit about a ship that sank in Lewes in the 1700s. It was excavated and scientists learned a lot about warships of that...More

1  Thank Marilyn M
Reviewed 13 August 2017

New to Lewes and wanted to learn more about the history. Stopped in the Zwaanendael Museum which is a beautiful museum filled with local history and it is free but I would recommend a donation if you can. Enjoyed the exhibits and the Dutch and...More

Thank PITTparent
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The building itself is really neat looking - it is based off a Dutch building from the Netherlands so it is really authentic. The museum inside has a lot of neat information on the first floor about a nearby ship wreck and what was learned...More

Thank SueMPA
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I've been there a few times, by myself and with family & friends. "The museum commemorates Delaware's first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. This museum serves as a showcase for the Lewes area's maritime, military, and social history."

Thank _robinesther
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23 September 2015|
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Response from Prawet J | Reviewed this property |
The previous answer is correct and complete. Off season, there are plenty of on street parking spot near and around the museum.