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.


Offices: 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE 19720   ♦   (302) 322-2794

Current News

Amstel to Arsenal Gala Fundraiser on March 22
Join us on March 22nd from 5 pm to 8 pm, for our annual Winter Fundraiser, The Amstel to Arsenal Gala, to support the Society. Guests will enjoy the historical ambiance of the newly renovated Arsenal while dining from a special menu courtesy of Jessops Tavern. In addition to dinner, guests will enjoy a lecture pertaining to the history of The Arsenal by NCHS Executive Director, Michael Connolly. Limited seating is available! To reserve your seat today, please contact Jessops Tavern at 302-322-6111 or by purchasing tickets here: Amstel to Arsenal Gala Tickets

Final Lecture in Our Frigid February Series
Join us Wednesday, February 25 at 7pm at The Arsenal for our "Setting the Record Straight: Dispelling New Castle's Historical Myths" lecture, where you'll hear local historians discuss some of the most commonly heard misconceptions about New Castle's history and hear the REAL stories behind the myths. For more information about our lecture series, please view our Events Calendar. Free to the public.

Museums To Reopen April 1, 2015
After another season of tours, the Amstel House & Dutch House are currently closed for winter. Thank you to all our guides, volunteers and visitors for making this year a success! Our museums will reopen on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 for walk-in tours. The Society Offices will remain open during the winter for regular business. Private group tours can be booked during the winter by calling the Society Office at (302) 322-2794. For more information about group tours, please view: GROUP TOUR INFORMATION.

TEACHERS, to schedule a field trip for this spring, please visit:

The Arsenal Gets Social!
The Arsenal on FacebookThis winter, NCHS has moved our office to The Arsenal at 30 Market Street in New Castle. In addition to our office and collections space, The Arsenal is also available as a venue 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 Events Marketing Manager, Lauren Spinelli at 302-276-8518.

In addition, The Arsenal has gone "social" ~ be sure to follow The Arsenal on Facebook and on Instagram for photos, events and sneak peeks inside this historic landmark in Old New Castle.

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