The Delaware History Museum & Mitchell Center for African American Heritage will close at 3:30 pm on Friday, June 2, 2023. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our visitors. We look forward to seeing you when we open again during our regular hours on Saturday.

DHS’ African American Resource Guide Now Available

April 2023

Check out this awesome new resource meant to provide access to materials related to African American history held at the Delaware Historical Society.

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DHS Buildings Coloring Book

April 13, 2023 – Check out this coloring book featuring our historic buildings!

Grab your coloring pencils, crayons, or markers and print out our coloring book to give our buildings a makeover using your creative art skills.

The Read House & Gardens

March 9, 2023 – Watch the latest episode of Speaking of Delaware…!

Find yourself surrounded by beauty at the George Read II House & Gardens. Step inside and you see why the house and its carefully preserved architectural details and historic gardens have been cherished by so many for so long.


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Our Collections

The Delaware Historical Society holds the nation’s largest privately held collection of material relating to Delaware history with approximately 3 million items in its library and museum collections.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Latest Past Events

Me Seminar: Learn about the LGBTQ+ Community 

Delaware History Museum and Mitchell Center for African American Heritage 504 N Market Street, Wilmington

Join I AM ME for an educational seminar about the LGBTQ+ experience! In observance of the life and times of James Baldwin, panelists of various identities/orientations will compare the 1930s […]

2023 Lady Bug Music Festival

The Ladybug Music Festival   Willingtown Square is a property of the Delaware Historical Society. Please note, this event is not a Delaware Historical Society event. For questions about the Ladybug […]

A Day in Old New Castle

Read House & Gardens 42 The Strand, New Castle

Celebrate A Day in Old New Castle! The New Castle community is proud to host A Day in Old New Castle, an annual celebration of New Castle heritage and history. […]

DHS Statement on Violence in Our Communities
The Delaware Historical Society stands in solidarity with communities, families and individuals targeted by senseless acts of violence and hatred. We send a message of love, prayer, sympathy, and support.