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Zwaanendael Museum

102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-1418
+1 302-645-1148
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Very small museum, interesting artifacts.

Need to be a bit of a history buff. Considering the date of this place. It has air and bathrooms... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Michael B
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New Jersey
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(very) small but worth a look

the staff is great but there is limited resources. The video covers everything you need to know... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
WJP2-1776
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Rochester, New York
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This museum duplicates the architecture of a medieval Dutch town.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good40%
  • Average21%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-1418
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Need to be a bit of a history buff. Considering the date of this place. It has air and bathrooms around the back. This area was settled in 1631. Most of the museum is about the DeBraak ship lost in 1798, found 1984. Many of...More

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 6 days ago

the staff is great but there is limited resources. The video covers everything you need to know. The artifacts are interesting but they are similar to other museums covering the same time period. The most interesting part is the settlement and the elimination of the...More

Thank WJP2-1776
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum was created to celebrate the founding of Lewes by the dutch in 1631 (and glosses over their extermination by the Indians in 1634) the downstairs is dedicated to the maritime history of the area with changing displays upstairs. it is small and...More

Thank Capt_Graves
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

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

1  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

1  Thank Brian D
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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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