Rehoboth Beach Museum

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society celebrates the founding and history of Rehoboth Beach through the operations of the Rehoboth Beach museum. Founded in 1975, the Society preserves and displays showcase artifacts that illustrate the development of the community. We provide this by having events such as the annual Beach Ball, luncheons that include lectures, trips, tours, exhibits and other programs. The exhibits range from vintage postcards and bathing suits to original Civil War era maps and train schedules. We also have an active group of volunteers. Society members receive free museum admission, newsletters, free admission to lectures and other activities and notice of ticketed events. Please visit the museum and join us for one of our fun and educational programs.

Admission Fees:

Adults: $5.00
Seniors: $3:00
Military/Students: $3:00
Child (13-17): $2.00
Child (12 & under): N/C
RBHS Members: N/C
Winter Hours
Labor Day - Memorial Day
Mon., Thur. & Fri. 10a - 4p
Sat & Sun 11a - 3p
Summer Hours
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Mon - Fri 10a - 4p
Sat & Sun 11a - 3p

511 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

(302) 227-7310

The Lewes Historical Society 

The Lewes Historical Society began in 1961 as local residents identified a need to preserve Lewes' architectural heritage and for an organization to act as a steward for Lewes' past - a history that stretches back to humble Dutch origins in 1631. The Society has been recognized as one of Delaware's greatest assets and has been honored for our efforts by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and by the American Association for State & Local History. The Society celebrates the heritage of Lewes -- "The First Town in The First State!"

The Lewes Historical Society promotes and advocates the preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment of the Lewes region, through museum exhibits, educational programs, historical research and publications. The Lewes Historical Society invites you to tour historic Lewes. Discover new historic destinations downtown learn fun facts about our region’s maritime history and experience history as it comes alive. Learn about our lighthouses, bunkers, observation towers, cemeteries, historic architecture, maritime monuments, and more.


•Blacksmith Shop

 •Burton-Ingram House

 •Cannonball House •Early Plank House 

•Hiram Rodney Burton House 

•Lewes Life-Saving Station 

•Midway School #178

•Old Doctor's House 

Rabbit's Ferry House 

•Ryves Holt House

 •Thompson Country Store •Garden & Grounds

The Lewes Historical Society's Historic Conmplex is loctated between Second & Third Streets at Shipcarpenter Street.

The Lewes Historical Society 

110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE

 (302) 645-7670

The Zwaanendael Museum

The Zwaanendael Museum, a showcase for Lewes-area maritime, military, and social history. Modeled after the town hall in Hoorn, the Netherlands, the museum commemorates the founding of Delaware's first European settlement by the Dutch in 1631.

102 Kings Highway (Kings Highway at Savannah Road), Lewes, DE 19958.

Phone: (302) 645-1148

Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Open on Labor Day, Memorial Day and July 4th. Hours subject to change.

Free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.

Street parking in downtown Lewes.

Disabled Access
The first floor of the museum is accessible to people with disabilities.

Touring the Museum
Tours of the museum are available throughout the day. However, tours for large groups require prior reservations. Please contact the museum at (302) 645-1148 to schedule a group tour.

Lightship Overfalls in
Historic Lewes, Delaware

The Overfalls is one of only 17 remaining lightships out of a total of 179 built from 1820 to 1952. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, it is one of seven lightships in this country still open to the public.

Ship's Tours

Take a guided tour above and below decks of the refurbished Overfalls.

We are opened from Memorial day weekend though September 30, 2011

  • Monday, Thursday Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM

  • Sunday from 12:00 PM through 4:00 PM

And from October 1 through October 15, 2011

  • Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM

  • Sunday from 12:00 PM through 4:00 PM

The Lightship Overfalls is located at 219 Pilottown Road, on the canal and adjacent to beautiful Canalfront Park, in Historic Lewes, Delaware.

Telephone 302-644-8050