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The Biggs Museum of American Art is located in historic, downtown Dover, Delaware, home to an abundance of cultural, agricultural, and educational experiences. Situated conveniently near both US-13 and US Route1, we are approximately 1-2 hours from Wilmington, Salisbury, Philadelphia and Baltimore, providing for a wonderful day trip or weekend getaway.

The Museum is proud to be a part of First State Heritage Park(link web-site), a partnership organization between the Delaware Department of State, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the Delaware Economic Development Office.

The state’s first “park without boundaries” links historical and cultural sites in the capital city of Dover. Nestled within a variety of art and historical museums, Dover has something to offer every member of the family.


In the Area

Make an entire day out of your trip to Dover! Dover and the surrounding area offer much in the way of history and culture.

Legislative Hall: The State Capitol
A Georgian-style structure that has been home to Delaware’s General Assembly since 1933.
(302)739-9194

Delaware Agriculture Museum
Explore Delaware’s rural past and present through exhibits, events and programs. ‘Loockerman Landing’ re-creates a 19th century rural village.
302-734-1618

John Dickinson Plantation
Home of John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States and “Penman of the Revolution.” The plantation features Dickinson’s original 1740 brick home, reconstructed farm buildings, and a log’d dwelling, surrounded by rich agricultural lands stretching down to the banks of the St. Jones River.
(302) 739-3277

Delaware Public Archives
One of the finest state archival exhibitions in the country.  The archives was renovated and expanded in 2001 and contains materials from the 17th century to today.
(302) 744-5000

The State House Museum
Delaware’s first permanent capitol building completed in 1792 on Dover’s historic Green.  The State House was the home of Delaware’s General Assembly until 1933.
(302) 739-4266

Museum Square
Johnson Victrola Museum
A premier collection of its kind, displaying sound recording industry items dating from the 1890’s through 1929.  The museum honors Eldridge Reeves Johnson of Dover who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901. (302) 739-4266
Delaware Archeology Museum – Encompassing 12,000 years of Delaware’s archeological history, the museum includes an overview of Delaware’s Native American history.    (302) 739-4266
Museum of Small Town Life – The museum represents a late 19th-century main street furnished with five different shops and a working pearl printing press, circa 1897.
(302) 739-4266

Delaware State Visitor Center
The center provides information on local and statewide attractions, events, and activities with two galleries of exhibits that change regularly.
(302) 739-4266

Woodburn/Hall House
Woodburn, the home of Delaware’s governors since 1965, was built around 1798.  Next door is the Victorian-era Hall House, which serves as the Governor’s guest house.
(302) 739-5656

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Lodging and Dining

To learn more about Dover accommodations, restaurants, attractions, and events, visit the following links:

Visit Delaware
Kent County Tourism
Delaware Economic Development Office
Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce