The New Castle Historical Society offers opportunities for children to experience the life of Dutch colonists and revolutionary patriots in historic New Castle, Delaware. We operate three museums in Delaware’s Colonial Capital – The Amstel House, The Dutch House, and the Old Library Museum.
In the Amstel and Dutch Houses, children will get a sense of everyday life through guided tours and hand-on activities. Outside, they can explore our historic flower and herb gardens. The Old Library Museum offers a variety of exhibits that change seasonally.
The New Castle Historical Society also offers walking tours of the town for groups, including ghost tours in the fall. Children can play on the historic town Green or in Battery Park on the banks of the Delaware River.
From I-95 (North or South):
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.
Several family friendly restaurants are located nearby in the New Castle National Historic District.
Pack a lunch and have a picnic at Battery Park on the Delaware River. Playground facilities and restrooms are available in the park.
Smoking is prohibited in our museums all Delaware restaurants.
A museum shop is located in Amstel House museum.
Designed to meet the latest standards and curriculum requirements, our student programs support New Directions Content Standards for Social Studies and English in Delaware.
Because our museums are located in historic buildings they may not be fully accessible to people with limited mobility.
Portable seating is available at each museum.
Tours are approximately 40 minutes long.
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