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Lewes History Museum & Archives


101 Adams Avenue
Lewes, DE 19958


Closed for the Winter Season


Admission: $5 per person, children 12 and under are free



About Lewes History Museum & Archives

The Lewes History Museum is located in the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center at 101 Adams Avenue in Lewes, Delaware. For 54 years, The Lewes Historical Society has collected and preserved tens of thousands of historic artifacts, artwork, documents, maps, and photos. Now, with the support from the City of Lewes, a gift of $500,000 from the Ma-Ran Foundation, and generous donations, this incredible collection is on continuous display at the Lewes History Museum.

The museum serves as the primary source of information about Lewes for visitors, researchers, students, and residents. Enjoy ongoing exhibits featuring Lewes’ maritime history, decorative arts and artists, famous families of Lewes, and how our region is seen through environmental change. The museum provides ongoing seminars, symposia, and presentations, along with a wing for community non-profit gatherings.

The popular Family Learning Center is now open! It is housed inside the museum and offers an interactive, fun, and educational experience for children of all ages. At the Center children can experience 19th-century Delaware by interacting in a replica general store and post office, playing around a scaled model of Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, with a Morse code station, fog horn, and reflecting lights. The Center also houses a Delaware River Pilots’ simulation module, an electronic table-top boat-building area, and a lighthouse “keeper’s cottage”.

This community center is the centerpiece of the cultural campus in Lewes, including 18 miles of trails, a concert stage, parks, a children’s garden, and the Lewes Public Library.