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Zwaanendael Museum

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Address: 102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-1418
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+1 302-645-1148
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Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

This museum duplicates the architecture of a medieval Dutch town.

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History of the Dutch in Delaware at this Museum

I went to this museum with some friends on Saturday - and really had a good time. This is a small museum on two floors, filled with the history of the Dutch arriving in Lewes in... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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211 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit, don't expect much, building is not historic, has a few artifacts takes all of 10 minutes. The gardens around the building are beautiful.

Thank Darla777
Arlington, Virginia, USA
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perhaps the most interesting part of this museum is the building itself -- which is worth circumambulating--especially as that includes the garden park of the same name. There's a short video regarding the development of the British Navy and exhibits regarding the Dutch in Delaware with quite a few Dutch items as well as a "Mermaid" (not real) and a... More 

Thank Neal P
Lewes, Delaware
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit if you want to understand the early history of Lewes. They have nautical exhibits showing Debark material and late 18th century artifacts.

Thank Ken C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

It was 100% my mistake, went in thinking it was an historic building. It was built in the 30's. Has interesting things to see, but not, in my opinion, worth a special visit. If you are in Lewes, stop in.

Thank miller041
Lewes, Delaware
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This museum provides a great history of the area, the war of 1812 and the humble beginnings of Lewes. It is in easy walking distance to the popular 2nd Street restaurant and shopping area, the bridge over the canal to Rehoboth Bay is always delightfully covered in beautiful flowers from May-October.

Thank Mare C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 November 2016

The displays are well done, interactive, and compelling. Staff and docents are knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend stopping here!

Thank cara871
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363 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

I went to this museum with some friends on Saturday - and really had a good time. This is a small museum on two floors, filled with the history of the Dutch arriving in Lewes in the 1600's and settling in, and it's a very interesting history. The second floor goes into details of excavating a sunken ship nearby -... More 

1 Thank HistoryLover2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

From the minute you enter this free museum, someone will greet you and explain what is on display. Clean and well taken care of you get a great insight to the settlment of Lewes and Delaware. 45 minutes to an hour to see all the exhibits. Don't miss it.

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Franklin, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Explore the in depth shipping history of Lewes, DE and the surrounding area. The building itself has a very unique design and the outside gardens have a varied array of local herbs and spices growing seasonally. You are just a quick walk to the beach and shopping as well as many quaint little restaurants and bars.

Thank vavet1963
Vero Beach, Florida
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This museum, built to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first Dutch settlers, is a historic gem. Two floors of exhibits displaying maritime and history will entertain you while the Wine and Spirits of Delaware exhibit and collection will impress. I like that they have plenty of hands on things as well. Pretty part of town and friendly staff.

Thank whereverimayroamblog

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