The Museums of Dover Delaware

Visitors to Dover, the capital of Delaware will find a nice variety of museums .  These museums reflect the history and culture of the area, its position as capital of the state, and the presence of Dover Air Force Base.

Dover, Delaware is rich in American history.  The first European settlement in Delaware was established in 1631, only 11 years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Dover became the capital of Delaware in 1777.  Therefore, it is not surprising that there are many history museums in Dover. 

First State Heritage Park Welcome Center & Galleries is a good place to start a visit to Dover’s museums.  In addition to information about Dover’s attractions and local events it has exhibits developed by Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.  This museum is located at 121 Duke of York Street.

The Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village, located at 866 North DuPont Highway, is a living history museum with a large exhibit hall.  It also includes a 19th century farming village with 15 buildings.

The Old State House, the first permanent capitol building in Dover, was completed in May 1791.  Features include an 18th century-style courtroom and the former chambers of Delaware’s state legislature.  You can find this museum at 25 The Green

The John Dickinson Plantation at 340 Kitts Hummock Road, is the 18th century home of John Dickinson.  His accomplishments include being a member of the Delaware State Assembly.  He was also elected to the Continental Congress in 1779, and the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Tours of the Plantation are led by historic interpreters depicting characters who lived during the John Dickinson era.

The Johnson Victrola Museum has exhibits which include phonographs, recordings and paintings.  Eldridge Reeves Johnson was born in Wilmington, Delaware and grew up in Dover.  In 1901 he founded the Victor Talking Machine Company.  The Johnson Victrola Museum is located on Museum Square, 375 South New Street

The Delaware State Police Museum and Educational Center celebrates the history of the Delaware State Police.  Exhibits include police uniforms, vehicles, and patches.  This interesting museum is located at 1425 North DuPont Highway.

Two other interesting museums in Dover, Delaware are the The Biggs Museum of American Art,at 406 Federal Street, was established in 1993 and features collections of American fine and decorative arts.  Permanent exhibits showcase American paintings, sculpture and furniture. 

The Air Mobility Command Museum can be found at Dover Air Force Base at 1301 Heritage Road.  It is housed in Hanger 1301, and includes military aircraft as well as exhibits showcasing air force history.

Dover, Delaware has museums appealing to people of all ages and interests.  For museum lovers of all ages, Dover, Delaware is a great place to visit.