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Zwaanendael Museum

102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-1418
+1 302-645-1148
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Passionate Staff, Great Exhibits-and No Admission Fee

A small, very well-done museum with dedicated and knowledgeable staff provides a great hour or two... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ann S
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
small but worth a look inside

This place is really well set up. A small museum with some interesting items. Its worth peeking... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2017
alvarog626
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Easton, United States
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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)
“on display” (10 reviews)
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102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-1418
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"town hall"
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"beautiful building"
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"sunken ship"
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"dutch settlers"
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"local history"
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"actual ship"
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"quick look"
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"no elevator"
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"enjoyed learning about the history"
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"early history"
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"interesting things to see"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A small, very well-done museum with dedicated and knowledgeable staff provides a great hour or two break for your other Lewes activities. Many people probably go just to see the Merman, but there is so much more. The staff answered questions about Lewes history that...More

Thank Ann S
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

This place is really well set up. A small museum with some interesting items. Its worth peeking inside, the staff is super friendly.

Thank alvarog626
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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