A Guide to the Museums of Dover Delaware

The capital city of Dover is located in the state of Delaware approximately ninety miles to the south of Philadelphia and east of Washington. Dover is a thriving city which offers a wide array of shops, restaurants, bars, leisure, social amenities and places of interest. For visitors interested in history, Dover has a wide variety of museums which provide insight into the former residents’ lives and working conditions.

Air Mobility Command Museum

Located on the Dover Air Force Base in Heritage Rd, this museum displays a wide variety of aeroplanes and exhibits providing insight into aviation history. Entry to the museum is free as is parking. The museum is open from Tuesday through to Sunday, 9.00 to 16.00.

Biggs Museum of American Art.

The Biggs Museum of American Art is located on 406 Federal Street, Legistive Mall, which is found in the historic part of the city. Named after a local art collector, the museum contains collections of American fine and decorative arts. The Biggs museum has permanent and also changing exhibitions showing paintings, furniture, sculptures and a collection of regional silver. Entrance to the museum is free and open times are from Tuesday to Saturday, 9.00 to 16.30 and Sunday 13.30 to 16.30.

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

The Agricultural Museum and Village is set in a large complex in the centre of the city. The area houses a large exhibition hall, several smaller buildings and an outside area showing a small rural community. The museums interesting exhibits and period costumed dressed staff take visitors back to a 19th century farming community showing living conditions, machinery and technology.

John Dickinson Plantation

This 18th century house and grounds were once owned by wealthy John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of America. The museum provides tours of the plantation which enable visitors to gain a real sense of the different lives led by the wealthy Dickinson family, their tenants and slaves. Entrance to the plantation is free and it is open Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 -15.30.

Delaware State Police Museum and Educational Centre

Located at 1425 North DuPont Highway, this interesting museum takes visitors back in time, telling the story of the Delaware State Police. The many exhibitions show police uniforms, patrol cars, motorbikes and an emergency call centre. Visitors can involve themselves in crime scenes and attempt to solve a mystery, using the available clues and can also read about crimes that took place in Delaware. Admission to the museum is free.

Dover offers a wide variety of interesting museums, all of which provide the visitor with insight into people’s lives and their living conditions. The majority of the museums are free to enter and most provide adequate parking facilities.