Make the three museums of the New Castle Historical Society, The Amstel House, The Dutch House and The Old Library Museum, your first stop when you visit Historic New Castle. The town's cobblestones almost ring with the echoes of its diverse past. We'll share with you stories of three centuries of New Castle life, including Dutch colonists, revolutionary leaders, and 19th century Americans.


New Castle Historical Society, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 322-2794
New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal
Hours, Open: Monday through Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm   ♦   Sunday, 11:30am-4:00pm
Society Office:
Open: Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm

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NCHS Annual Garden Party, Thursday, June 7, 6 to 8:30 pm in the Dutch House Garden - Tickets available now - $30 for NCHS members, $35 for non-members, and free for members of our 1651 Benefactor Club. They include drinks, heavy hos d'oeurves from Jessop's Tavern, and dessert as we welcome the warm weather with friends and neighbors. The party will move into The Arsenal in case of bad weather.
Thank you to our sponsors:
PNC Bank
Medori Enterprises
Cirillo Bros. Inc.
Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home

NCHS and the Delaware Historical Society are currently seeking House Museum Guides for the Amstel, Dutch, and Read Houses!
NCHS and DHS are searching for responsible candidates to lead tours for all age ranges at the historic house museums in New Castle. Please click here to view the job description.

Help the Society by participating in our 2017 Annual Appeal!

Your 100% tax deductible donations help support the Amstel and Dutch House Museums, our educational programming for students (grades 1 through grad school), public programs and events, the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal, and much more! Plus, if you donate through the PayPal Giving Fund between now and December 31, the Giving Fund will add an extra 1% to your donation on top of waiving all processing fees. Click here to be taken to our Giving Fund page. You do need to have a PayPal account to donate through the fund, so if you do not have one and do not want to sign up for one, you can also donate by clicking here.You can also donate by mailing checks to 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE 19720 or calling 302-322-2794.

Thank you for your support!

Special Places for your Special Events

The Arsenal is available for receptions, showers, parties, meetings and more. Enjoy an historic atmosphere for your private event. Getting married? Pair The Arsenal with a garden ceremony in either the Amstel House or Dutch House Garden. Discounts available for NCHS members!

New Castle Cookbook
NCHS has a cookbook out, with recipes donated from people throughout town. The cookbooks are $12 each, with our members saving 10% off of this, and all of their purchases from the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal. Interested in buying several as gifts? We also have a bulk rate price for purchases of 5 or more books of $10.50 per book (plus an extra 10% off for members). For the bulk rate price, all books must be purchased at one time. Matching notecards with illustrations from the cookbook, by Sara Hutchinson are available as well. The notecards are available for a discounted price if they are purchased with a cookbook. Call or stop in the Visitor Center to buy your cookbooks and notecards today!

NCHS AudioWalk Tour Available Online
Our AudioWalk self-guided walking tour is the perfect way for individuals to learn about New Castle's history while exploring this National Historic Landmark District at their own pace. The New Castle AudioWalk is available for download as an .MP3 file from our website to add to your personal device or listen to at home. Click here for more information about our AudioWalk

Museums open for Tours
The Amstel House & Dutch House are open for walk-in daily tours Wednesday through Sunday and reserved group visits seven days a week. Tickets can now be purchased at the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal at 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE 19720. For more information about daily house tours, please view: VISITING THE HOUSES.
We can accommodate private, scheduled group tours of 10 or more throughout the year. For more information about group tours, please view: GROUP TOUR INFORMATION

To schedule a field trip for your group, please visit:

Join or Renew your NCHS Membership

It's time for our annual membership drive! To join or renew your membership online, please visit our Online Membership Form.
To find out more about membership and benefits, please visit our Membership Benefits Page.
Thank you for your support!

The Arsenal Gets Social!
The Arsenal on FacebookIn early 2015, NCHS moved offices and headquarters to The Arsenal at 30 Market Street in New Castle. The Arsenal now houses New Castle Visitor Center, Museum Shop, Society Office, and archives and collections. In addition, The Arsenal is also available for rental to host private parties and events. Current NCHS Members also receive a discount on event rentals. This spectacular building, rich in history, is the perfect backdrop to your next function! For more information about event rentals, please contact our office at 302-322-2794.


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