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Lewes, Delaware, is home to several interesting museums, each with its own unique focus and exhibits:

  1. Zwaanendael Museum: This museum commemorates Delaware’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. It showcases the Lewes area’s maritime, military, and social history. The museum is known for its architecture, modeled after a city hall in Hoorn, Netherlands, and features exhibits on Delaware’s segregated beaches during the Jim Crow era. Admission is free, and the museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Zwaanendael Museum
  2. Lewes History Museum & Archives: Located in the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, this museum has a vast collection of artifacts, artwork, documents, maps, and photos that tell the story of Lewes. It includes exhibits on Lewes’ maritime history, decorative arts, and the region’s environmental changes. There’s also a Family Learning Center that offers interactive experiences for children. The museum is open from Thursday to Saturday (March hours), and admission is $5 per person, with children 12 and under free. Lewes History Museum & Archives
  3. The Lewes Maritime Museum at the Cannonball House: This museum, housed in a building dating back to around 1740-1750, reflects Lewes’ rich nautical heritage. The museum is known for its maritime art and memorabilia. It is currently undergoing evaluation under the Historic American Buildings Survey. The museum is open from Thursday to Saturday (March hours) and charges $5 per person, with children under 12 free. Lewes Maritime Museum at the Cannonball House
  4. Fort Miles Museum: Located in Cape Henlopen State Park, this museum is housed in a World War II facility and focuses on coastal defense and the daily life of soldiers and civilians stationed at Fort Miles during the war. Key features include Battery 519, Artillery Park, and exhibits from the USS Missouri & USS Arizona. The museum offers a glimpse into the important role Fort Miles played in America’s coastal defense. Fort Miles Museum

Each of these museums offers a unique perspective on the history and culture of Lewes and the surrounding area.

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