New Castle Historical Society
New Castle, DE
Established in 1934, the New Castle Historical Society operates three museums in Delaware's Colonial Capital – The Amstel House, The Dutch House, and the Old Library Museum. As New Castle's earliest Georgian mansion, the 1738 Amstel House reflects the lifestyle of the city's elite, like Governor Nicholas Van Dyke, in the late 18th century. The house is furnished with many original family and New Castle artifacts. The charming Dutch House is one of the earliest buildings in the Delaware Valley. Built between 1690 and 1700, the Dutch House is furnished to reflect the Dutch heritage of New Castle's colonial period. The 1892 Old Library Museum houses changing exhibits about New Castle rich & varied history. The Society is also educates the public about the history of New Castle through exhibits, programs, concerts, lectures, and publications. Our collections and archives are available to researchers interested in developing a deeper understanding of New Castle's rich heritage. The New Castle Historical Society promotes historical awareness and encourages the preservation of historical architecture, archaeological resources and the material culture of New Castle.
Amstel House: Wed - Sat, tours begin at 10 am, 12 and 2 pm. Sun tours begin at 12 and 2 pm. Open April 1 through Dec 31.
Dutch House: Wed - Sat, tours begin at 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Sun tours begin at 1 and 3 pm. Open April 1 through Dec 31.
Purchase all tour tickets at the Amstel House Museum.
Old Library Museum: Sat & Sun, 1pm - 4pm, seasonally
Both Amstel & Dutch Houses: $7 Adults, $2.50 Children (Ages 6-12)
Individual House: $4 Adults, $1.50 Children (Ages 6-12)
Old Library Museum - Free
Driving Directions & Parking
From I-95 (N or S)
Take Exit 5A, Delaware Route 141 South, toward New Castle; continue past the Routes 13 & 40 overpass. At the intersection of Routes 9 & 273, turn left onto Route 9 North. Go 1/2 mile to the next traffic light and bear right onto Delaware Street into New Castle. Proceed to Fourth Street; the Amstel House is at the corner of Delaware and Fourth Streets. The Dutch House is on Third Street, facing the Green.
Free on-street parking is available throughout Historic New Castle.
Historic New Castle is easily reached by public transportation. The DART First State Route serving the historic area is Route 15. The nearest bus stop to the historic area is located at the corner of Delaware and Sixth Streets.
Other Visitor Information
Check our website for additional programs and events.
2 E. Fourth Street
New Castle, DE 19720
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