Delaware History Museum/Mitchell Center for African American Heritage

504 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801 - United States





Museum Day ticket provides admission to both the Delaware History Museum & The Mitchell Center for African American Heritage.

Located on Market Street in Wilmington, the Delaware History Museum features permanent and changing exhibits highlighting Delaware’s history and artistic achievements.

Old Town Hall functioned as a center of political and social activities in Wilmington’s mercantile-milling economy from the 18th to the late 19th century.

The Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage collects, preserves, researches and presents the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans.

The National Historic Landmark Read House & Gardens is also participating in Museum Day this year. The Read House is a Federal mansion surrounded by one-and-a-half acres of formal gardens located in New Castle, Delaware.


Delaware History Museum
With an overarching theme of “Delaware: One State, Many Stories,” Discover Delaware introduces the state’s history through a number of important topics. Delaware’s immigrant history, its maritime heritage, deep roots in agriculture, Wilmington’s evolution from an industrial hub to a financial center, its role on the war-front and at home, and the many cultural and artistic contributions envelope visitors in First State history. Upstairs on the second floor, the Paul Preston Davis Collection of Delawareana exhibit includes ephemera, photography, African Americana, rare print materials, and commemorative objects collected by one individual over four decades.

Old Town Hall, restored to its classical beauty, provides space for exhibitions, programs and special events throughout the year.

Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage
Sharing the “Delaware: One State, Many Stories” theme, Journey To Freedom presents compelling perspectives of African Americans’ struggles for human rights, freedom and dignity in Delaware and the nation. From slavery to resistance, to forging faith and community, and from standing together for freedom and equality to serving an ambivalent nation during times of war, this groundbreaking exhibition chronicles the African American experience in Delaware

Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.