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Art Centers and Museums

Air Mobility Command Museum 
1301 Heritage Road, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, 677-5938, www.amcmuseum.org
Offers exhibits on military life and, outside, a collection of vintage planes, including the only C-5 transport jet on public display in the world.

Barratt’s Chapel and Museum of Methodism
6362 Bay Road, Frederica, 335-5544, www.barrattschapel.org
Barratt’s is the oldest church in the United States built by and for Methodist congregants. 

Biggs Museum of American Art 
406 Federal St., Dover, 674-2111, www.biggsmuseum.org
Features fine art and decorative works by American artists from the 17th century and later, and it regularly hosts feature exhibitions. 

Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village 
866 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 734-1618, www.agriculturalmuseum.org
The big barn offers permanent and special exhibits about farming and farm life. The village includes restored, historically significant farm buildings from across Delmarva.

Delaware Public Archives 
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North, Dover, 744-5000, www.archives.delaware.gov
One of the oldest archival programs in the country, it preserves historic and archival material, including documents, photographs, posters, maps, audiotapes and census records, that tell the story of Delaware.  

Delaware State Police Museum
1425 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 739-7700, www.dspmuseum.com
The museum preserves the history and educates the public about the original highway patrol and the State Police. 

Dover Art League, Gallery & Gift Shop 
21 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 674-0402, www.doverartleague.org
The league displays works by local artists and offers classes. The main gallery represents about 100 artists.

First State Heritage Park, Welcome Center and Galleries
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North, Dover, 744-5055, www.destateparks.com
This walkable network links historic and cultural sites in Dover, including the Biggs Museum of American Art, Legislative Hall and The Old State House. The Welcome Center at the Delaware State Archives building provides information bout museums and historical sites across the state. 

Greater Harrington Historical Society Museum
110 Fleming St., Harrington, 398-3698, Facebook
The exhibits tell stories about harness racing, the local fire company, military veterans and more. It maintains the railroad complex on Hanley Street, including the railroad tower, caboose and watchman’s hut.

John Dickinson Plantation 
340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, 739-3277, www.history.delaware.gov/museums
Visit the 18th-century plantation of a founding father. Living history presentations are made several times a year. 

Johnson Victrola Museum 
375 S. New St., Dover, 739-3262, www.history.delaware.gov/museums
This charming museum pays homage to the founder of the Victor Talking Machine Co. through phonographs, recordings and memorabilia. 

Milford Museum 
121 S. Walnut St., Milford, 424-1080, www.milforddemuseum.org
Housed in the old post office, the museum tells the story of Milford from its beginnings on the Mispillion River in the 18th century, as well as the histories of surrounding communities. 

Old State House 
25 The Green, Dover, 744-5054, www.history.delaware.gov/museums
Tour the state’s original capitol building. 

Smyrna Museum
11 S. Main St., Smyrna, 653-1320, www.smyrnamuseum.com
Displays artifacts of local history and culture.

Star Hill Museum 
357 Voshell Mill, Star Hill Road, Dover, 697-9903
Educates the public about the hardships of life as a slave. 

Woodburn
151 Kings Hwy., Dover, 739-5656, www.woodburn.delaware.gov
The Colonial home of the governor is open to the public several times a year.

 

Dance

Dance Conservatory and Ballet Theatre of Dover 
522 Otis Drive, Dover, 734-9717, www.dancebtd.com
The troupe offers new works and premieres several times a year.

First State Dance Academy
107 Maple Ave., Milford, 422-2633, www.firststatedance.com
This group performs at area venues and is also home to the Delaware Dance Alliance.

 

Music

Delaware Choral Society
P.O. Box 336, Dover, 222-6039, www.delawarechoralsociety.org
This community choir presents at least two annual concerts of choral music. In addition, sponsors the Delaware Youth Chorale. 

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 
1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, (800) 711-5882, www.doverdowns.com
The Rollins Center brings big-name entertainers to Dover. 

Dover Symphony Orchestra 
P.O. Box 163, Dover, 270-1903, www.doversymphony.org
The symphony performs two classical and two pops concerts a year.  

The Music School of Delaware
10 S. Walnut St., Milford, 422-2043, www.musicschoolofdelaware.org
The only nationally accredited community music school in the state offers instruction in classical, jazz, folk, rock and early childhood music. Along with student recitals, it presents a Music Masters series featuring faculty and heralded guest artists.

Schwartz Center for the Arts 
226 S. State St., Dover, 678-5152, www.schwartzcenter.com
Hosts local, national and international acts that offer music, dance, drama and children’s theater.  

Smyrna Opera House 
7 W. South St., Smyrna, 653-4236, www.smyrnaoperahouse.org
This historic building hosts shows of every kind, from comedy to traditional and contemporary music by local and national artists.

 

Theater

The Children’s Theatre Inc.
P.O. Box 823, Dover, 336-8044, www.thechildrenstheatre.org
This local theater group performs at various venues, primarily at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. 

Kent County Theatre Guild 
Patchwork Playhouse, 140 E. Roosevelt Ave., Dover, 674-3568, www.kctg.org
This longtime community group performs several shows a year at Patchwork Playhouse.

Second Street Players 
2 S. Walnut St., Milford, 422-0220, www.secondstreetplayers.com
Another long-standing community group, the players perform at Riverfront Theater.

The Green in Dover is the site of the Old State House. / Photo courtesy of Kent County Tourism