The State House Museum


The State House Museum or The Old State House was the first permanent capitol building for Dover, Delaware. Construction on the building began in 1787, when a proposal was made to move the capital from New Castle. In 1791, construction was finished on the house. The architect used a Georgian style to house both the state and Kent county government offices.

The State House Museum is found in the historic green section of Dover. The house was used for two centuries as a focal point for civic life. Many find it is a special location; therefore, it is open for tours with free admission. Hours of operation are 9am to 4:30pm Wednesday through Saturday. They open on certain holidays and hours can change based on the season. Parking is free, but there is a limited amount of parking. Large groups need to make reservations to tour the State House Museum.

Visitors are able to learn about the history of the house, its function in the government, and see artifacts from the past when the house was in use. The first floor is an 18th century courtroom. The second floor offers chambers that used to be for state legislation.

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